Summer Camps

Summer Camps

Our Summer Reading Program includes camps at the Library.

Registration for 2018 Summer Camps begins Wednesday, May 9th at 9:00 AM. Registration is required for all camps. When registering please be sure to check each camp for specific registration details. Campers must be available to attend every day of the individual camp programs.  Camps below are grouped by age.
Younger Kids    |   Older Kids & Tweens     |    Older Tweens & Teens  

Younger Kids

Alphabet in Action Camp
Ages 5-8
Examine the shapes, sounds and sequence of the alphabet through engaging stories and movement activities. Monday-Thursday

  • June 11-14, Parma Hts. Branch / 2-4 PM
  • June 18-21 Southeast Branch / 2-4 PM
  • July 23-26, North Olmsted Branch / 2-4 PM
  • July 30-August 2, Maple Hts. Branch / 2-4 PM  

Puppetry Camp
Ages 5-8
Create a variety of characters, develop a story line and act out a short puppet show for your parents and caregivers on the last day of the camp. Monday - Friday

  • June 18-22, Brooklyn Branch / 1:30-3:30 PM
  • June 25-29 Beachwood Branch / 1:30-3:30 PM
  • July 16-20, Berea Branch / 1:30-3:30 PM
Book Buddies Literacy Camp
Little Buddies   Grades 1-3
Big Buddies help Little Buddies improve reading skills by reading aloud together and playing fun reading games.   Monday-Thursday
  • July 23-26, Strongsville Branch /  2-4 PM          
  • August 6-9, Fairview Park Branch / 2-4 PM     

Library Lab
Ages 6-7
Have fun with hands-on explorations of art, science, math and technology. Monday-Thursday

  • July 23-26, Warrensville Hts. Branch / 2-3:30 PM 
Move, Make Noise & Create Camp
Ages 6-10
Move to get your energy out, play musical instruments and create masterpieces in clay, collage, printmaking and paint. On Friday, you’ll get to perform for family and friends. Monday-Friday    (also for ages 9-13; see below)
  • July 30-August 3, Parma Branch / 1:30-4 PM  

Marvelous Mathematics Camp
Ages 7-9
Explore math principles through movement and dance.  Monday-Thursday

  • June 25-28, Independence Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM
  • July 23-26, Richmond Hts. Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM
  • August 6-9, Orange Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM

Savvy Scientists Camp
Ages 7-9
Observe, predict and experiement like you never have before! Monday-Friday

  • June 11-15, Olmsted Falls Branch / 2-4 PM     
  • June 25-29, Southeast Branch / 2-4 PM     
  • July 9-13, Strongsville Branch / 2-4 PM    
  • July 23-27, Parma Hts. Branch / 2-4 PM     
  • July 30-August 3, North Royalton Branch / 2-4 PM     

Build a Bot Junior Camp
Ages 7-10
Learn the logic and language of programming using the free software Scratch. Build and experiment with electrical components and wire and program a microprocessor.  Monday-Thursday

  • June 18-21, Fairview Park Branch / 1:30-3:30 PM
  • June 25-28, North Olmsted Branch / 1:30-3:30 PM
  • July 9-12, Parma Branch / 1:30-3:30 PM

Robotix Summer Camps        
Ages 7-10
Several variations of Robotix are available (Robotix for older kids listed below). In each camp you will build LEGO® WeDo robots.   Monday-Thursday

  • July 9-12, Bay Village Branch / 2-4 PM  Jr. Robotix Camp: Amazing Mechanisms
  • July 16-19, Beachwood Branch / 1:30-3:30 PM  Robotix Blox Kids Camp
  • August 6-9, North Royalton Branch / 1:30-3:30 PM  Jr. Robotix Blox: Adventure Stories  
 

Older Kids and Tweens

Animating Amazing Animals Camps               
Ages 8-11
Build a webpage and create your own animation to campaign for the protection of endangered animals.   Monday-Thursday
  • June 11-14, Berea Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM
  • June 18-21, Orange Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM
  • July 9-12, Independence Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM 
  • July 30-August 2, Garfield Hts. Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM  

Art & Creative Songwriting Camp        
Ages 8-11
Tap into your creative energy and write original songs based on your own artwork. We’ll provide musical instruments, or you can bring your own.   Monday-Thursday

  • June 25-28, Parma Branch  / 1:30-4:30 PM
"Bee" a Coder Camp
Ages 8-12
Use simple programming techniques to code your own dance that mimics a swarm of bees in nature. On Friday, perform the dance for your parents and families.    Monday-Friday
  • August 6-10, Bay Village Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM  

Magic Camp        
Ages 8-13
After Zap the Wonder Chap shares the history of magic, he’ll teach you how to entertain an audience and how to put together a magic act using everyday objects.   Monday-Thursday

  • July 9-12, Southeast Branch / 1-3 PM          
  • July 16-19, Parma-Snow Branch / 2-4 PM
  • July 30-August 2, Brecksville Branch / 2-4 PM
  • August 6-9, Mayfield Branch / 1-3 PM     
Minebot Camp
Ages 8-14
Explore Minecraft: Blockopedia by Alex Wiltshire, and program your robot to help Steve or Alex in the randomly generated world.
Monday-Thursday
  • July 30-August 2, Brooklyn Branch / 1:30-3:30 PM 
Book Buddies Literacy Camp
Big Buddies     Grades 4-8
Big Buddies help Little Buddies improve their reading skills by reading aloud together and playing fun reading games. Big Buddies must attend a brief orientation before camp.    Monday-Thursday
  • July 23-26, Strongsville Branch /  2-4 PM          
  • August 6-9, Fairview Park Branch / 2-4 PM     

Boys II Men Camp           
Ages 9-11
Through team-building activities and hands-on projects, explore topics like life, social and coping skills; risky behaviors; careers and entrepreneurship; financial literacy; and health and wellness.   Monday-Friday

  • June 11-15, Brook Park Branch / 1:30-4:30PM           
  • June 18-22, South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch / 1:30-4:30PM       
Comics Camp         
Ages 9-13
Learn how to create your own comic – write dialogue, draw characters and storyboard!   Monday-Friday
  • June 4-8, Garfield Hts. Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM
  • June 25-29, Richmond Hts. Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM
  • July 9-13, Brook Park Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM
  • August 6-10, Chagrin Falls Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM
Move, Make Noise & Create Camp
Ages 9-13
Move to get your energy out, play musical instruments and create masterpieces in clay, collage, printmaking and paint. On Friday, you’ll get to perform for family and friends. Monday-Friday    (also for ages 6-10; see above)
  • June 25-29, Fairview Park Branch / 1:30-4 PM
  • August 6-10, Warrensville Hts. Branch / 1:30-4 PM    

Creative Painting Camp         
Ages 9-14
Learn about the master artists who pioneered realism, impressionism, expressionism and abstract methods of painting. Then create an original painting based on these styles.  Monday-Thursday

  • June 11-14, Beachwood Branch / 1:30-3:30 PM
  • July 9-12, Maple Hts. Branch / 1:30-3:30 PM
  • July 23-26, Middleburg Hts. Branch / 1:30-3:30 PM
  • July 30-August 2, North Olmsted Branch / 1:30-3:30 PM
  • August 6-9, Gates Mills Branch / 1:30-3:30 PM

Girl Power Camp
Ages 9-11   
Connect with an adult mentor, develop financial skills, collaborate with peers, explore colleges, increase self-esteem and learn about risky behaviors.   Monday-Friday        (also for ages 12-14; see below)

  • July 9-13, Solon Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM

Tech Time Inc. Camp        
Ages 10-13
Work with a team to develop the latest and greatest tech product or service. You’ll present your ideas Thursday to family and friends.  Monday-Thursday

  • June 25-28, Strongsville Branch / 1-5 PM
  • July 9-12, Mayfield Branch / 1-5 PM    


Older Tweens & Teens

Build a Bot        
Ages 11-18
Use a microprocessor, breadboard, motors, transformers and resistors to build a robot from scratch.  Monday-Thursday

  • June 4-7, Gates Mills Branch / 1:30-3:30 PM
  • July 16-19, Brooklyn Branch / 1:30-3:30PM

Crazy Contraption Competition Camp
Ages 11-18

It’s our annual Rube Goldberg competition! Using everyday objects, design and build a machine that can close a book. Teams from six branches will compete August 11 at the Parma-Snow Branch to see who has the best contraption.   Monday-Thursday

  • July 9-12, North Olmsted Branch / 1:30-3:30 PM 
  • July 16-19, Mayfield Branch / 1:30-3:30 PM 
  • July 16-19, North Royalton Branch / 2:30-4:30 PM         
  • July 23-26, Garfield Hts. Branch / 2-4 PM 
  • July 30-August 2, Orange Branch /2-4 PM       
  • August 6-9, Parma-Snow Branch /2-4 PM 

Digital Animation Deep Dive Camp
Ages 11-18

Explore the principles of animation and learn how to bring digital characters to life using the same tools the pros use.  Monday-Friday

  • June 4-8, Berea Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM
  • June 11-15, Bay VillageBranch / 1:30-4:30 PM
  • June 18-22, Maple Hts. Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM
  • June 25-29, Chagrin Falls Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM
  • July 9-13, Brecksville Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM 
  • July 16-20, Fairview Park Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM 
  • July 16-20, Solon Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM    
  • July 23-27, South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM
  • July 30-August 3, Independence Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM    
  • August 6-10, Middleburg Hts. Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM

Respberry Pi Camp        
Ages 11-18
Experiment with electronics and tinker with technology as you build and program circuits using a Raspberry Pi microcomputer.  Monday-Thursday 

  • June 18-21, Brook Park Branch / 2-4 PM     
  • June 25-28, Olmsted Falls Branch / 2-4 PM     
  • July 23-26, Parma-Snow Branch / 2-4 PM

Girl Power Camp
Ages 12-14  
Connect with an adult mentor, develop financial skills, collaborate with peers, explore colleges, increase self-esteem and learn about risky behaviors.   Monday-Friday        (also for ages 9-11; see above)

  • June 25-29, Parma Hts. Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM

Core Skills in Creative Writing Camp
Ages 13-18

Review the fundamentals of creative writing and create poetry, fiction and drama.   Monday-Thursday

  • June 11-14, Middleburg Hts. Branch / 1-5 PM
  • June 25-28, Brecksville Branch / 1-5 PM
  • July 9-12, Chagrin Falls Branch / 1-5 PM
  • August 6-9, Beachwood Branch / 1-5 PM

Movie & Moguls Camp
Ages 14-18
Learn how to become an entrepreneur in the entertainment industry. On Thursday, you’ll present your business plan to family and friends.  Monday-Thursday

  • June 11-14, Garfield Hts. Branch / 1-5 PM
  • June 18-21, Warrensville Hts. Branch / 1-5 PM

ACT / SAT Prep Boot Camp        
Ages 14-19
College Now of Greater Cleveland will help you prepare for each section of the college admission tests, ACT or SAT.   Monday-Thursday 

  • June 18-21, Parma Branch / 1-5 PM  –   ACT  
  • June 25-28, Warrensville Hts. Branch / 1-5 PM  –   SAT  
  • July 9-12, Garfield Hts. Branch / 1-5 PM  –   ACT  
  • July 16-19, Maple Hts. Branch / 1-5 PM  –   ACT  

Discovering Your Potential Camp        
Girls Ages 15-18
Learn how your abilities and interests align with long-term opportunities. Then build confidence through a personalized assessment and individual coaching session.  Monday-Friday

  • June 18-22, Solon Branch  / 1:30-4:30 PM     
  • July 16-20, Southeast Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM     
  • July 23-27, Brooklyn Branch / 1:30-4:30 PM