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2021 Summer Camps

Got Homework? We've got help!

The Do Your Homework @ the Library program offers FREE homework assistance for students to support out of school learning and engagement.
 
The program includes:
  • Free access to paid Coaches and caring volunteers who are available to help K-8 students with their homework assignments;
  • Free access to learning materials; and
  • Free access to computers, online research tools, and other digital resources available at the library.
 

2021 Summer Camps


New In-Person camps just added!

Four robotsBuild-a-Bot Camp In-Person, Bilingual in Spanish
Monday - Thursday |  2 - 4 p.m. | 3rd- 6th Grade
 
Join Robothink for a 4-day camp on coding, building robots and having fun! Participants will use sensors, motors and electronics in step- by-step projects while learning important  STEAM concepts through these fun activities. Register below or call the library.
 
August 2 - 5 |Otay Mesa-Nestor Library | 3003 Coronado Ave., 92154 | (619) 424 - 0474 | Register Here
August 9 - 12 | Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library | 5148 Market St., 92114 | (619) 527 - 3405 | Register Here
August 16 - 19| Logan Heights Library | 567 South                                                                                                             28th St., 92113 | (619) 533 - 3398 | Register Here
                                                                                                       August 23-26 | Linda Vista Library | 2160 Ulric St.,                                                                                                               92111| (619) 573 - 1399 | Register Here

                                                                                                       Construye un Robot En Persona, Bilingue en español
                                                                                                       Lunes - Jueves |  2 - 4 p.m. | 3 - 6 grado
 
Four robots¡Acompaña a Robothink para un campamento de 4 dias sobre codificación, construyendo robots y divirtiéndote! Participantes usaran sensores, motores y electronicos en proyectos de paso a paso mientras aprenden conceptos importantes de STEAM por medio de actividades divertidas. Regístrate aquí o llama a la biblioteca.
 
Agosto 2 - 5 |Biblioteca Otay Mesa-Nestor | 3003 Coronado Ave., 92154 | (619) 424 - 0474 |  Regístrate aquí
Agosto 9 - 12 |Biblioteca Valencia Park/Malcolm X | 5148 Market St., 92114 | (619) 527 - 3405 Regístrate aquí
Agosto 16 - 19 |Biblioteca Logan Heights | 567 South 28th St., 92113 | (619) 533 - 3398 | Regístrate aquí
                                                                                                       Agosto 23-26 | Biblioteca Linda Vista | 2160 Ulric St.,                                                                                                         92111| (619) 573 - 1399 | Regístrate aquí
 

 

Pre-K - Kindergartners

 
Illustration with whale, dolphin, stingray, turtle, and stafish.
Aquatic Discovery
Monday - Wednesday   |  1 Hour
July 12 - 14   |  10 - 11 a.m.  |  Register Here
July 26 - 28   |  1 - 2 p.m.  |  Register Here
August 9 - 11   |  11 a.m. - 12 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
Crawl in to the world of crustaceans like crabs, learn about local sharks and hop into tidepools in this ocean-themed camp.

Illustration of two children holding a watering can and pot of plant.
Little Green Thumbs
Monday - Wednesday   |  1 Hour
July 19 - 21  |  2 - 3 p.m.  |  Register Here
August 2 - 4  |  2 - 3 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
Dig into the nature of soil, seeds and sprouts in this camp that's sure to inspire budding gardeners.

1st - 3rd Grade

 
Illustration of an orange T-rex and blue stegosaurus.
Dinosaur Camp
Monday - Friday  |  2 Hours
June 21 - 25  |  10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  |  Register Here
July 12 - 16  |  10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  |  Register Here
August 2 - 6  |  1 - 3 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
Explore the world of dinosaurs with fun hands-on activities, crafts and interactive learning.

A female child with colorful painted palms and face.
Get Creative! Art Camp
Monday - Friday  |  2 Hours
July 19 - 23  |  1 - 2 p.m.  |  Register Here
August 2 - 6  |  11 a.m. - 12 p.m.  |  Register Here
August 16 - 20  |  1 - 2 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
Using beloved picture books as inspiration, kids will make their own art using varying styles and techniques.

Illustration of a colorful robot over an abacus.
S.T.E.A.M. Camp
Monday - Friday  |  2 Hours
June 28 - July 2  |  10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  |  Register Here
July 19 - 23  |  10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  |  Register Here
August 9 - 13  |  10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
Learn and play in an online STEAM environment! Kids will participate in hands-on activities in art, math and science.

Collage image of a read parrot and jaguar.
Wild Animal Camp
Monday - Friday  |  2 Hours
July 12 - 16  |  1 - 3 p.m.  |  Register Here
July 26 - 30  |  9 - 11 a.m.  |  Register Here
August 9 - 13  |  2 - 4 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
Go on an adventure to meet animals from around the world, learn about their homes and make crafts!

Collage image of science projects including slime, volcano and paint.
All-Star Science
August 2 - 6  |  Monday - Friday  |  10 - 11 a.m.  |  Register Here
 
Join the Mad Science All-Star team to build super structures, model volcanic eruptions and more!

Illustration of a white and brown bears holding cameras.
Digital Art
August 9 - 13  |  Monday - Friday  |  1 - 2 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
Your art makes a difference! Throughout the week, kids will work on creative projects using digital mediaart and images to tell stories.

Illustration of a red Lego brick.
Lego Builder Camp
July 26 - 30  |  Monday - Friday  |  1 - 3 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
Using Legos® to up their creativity, kids will learn new building techniques and solve design challenges.

A Pokemon ball in red and white made out of Lego bricks.
Pokémon Lego Camp
August 16 - 20  |  Monday - Friday  |  2 - 4 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
It's a Legos® x Pokémon crossover! Create your own pocket monsters—gotta make them all!

Illustration of an astronaut and spaceship floating over the moon.
Space Camp
August 16 - 20  |  Monday - Friday  |  9:30 - 11 a.m.  |  Register Here
 
It's all about problem solving in this out-of-this-world camp! Kids must rely on their creativity asthey find solutions to space-themed challenges.

4th - 6th Grade

 
Three wooden dinosaurs on top of a stack of books.
Dinosaur Camp
Monday - Friday  |  2 Hours
June 28 - July 2  |  2 - 4 p.m.  |  Register Here
July 19 - 23  |  1 - 3 p.m.  |  Register Here
August 9 - 13  |  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
Explore the world of dinosaurs with fun hands-on activities, crafts and interactive learning.

Illustration of a colorful robot over an abacus.
S.T.E.A.M. Camp
Monday - Friday  |  2 Hours
June 21 - 25  |  2 - 4 p.m.  |  Register Here
July 12 - 16  |  10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  |  Register Here
July 26 - 30  |  3 - 5 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
Learn and play in an online STEAM environment! Kids will participate in hands-on activities in art, math and science.

Various plastic cups with colorful paints and brush in cups.
Summer in Color
Monday - Friday  |  2 Hours
July 12 - 16  |  1 - 3 p.m.  |  Register Here
July 26 - 30  |  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.  |  Register Here
August 9 - 13  |  1 - 3 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
In this art-centered camp, children learn drawing and painting techniques to create new masterpieces!

Collage image of a read parrot and jaguar.
Wild Animal Camp
Monday - Friday  |  2 Hours
July 19 - 23  |  9 - 11 a.m.  |  Register Here
July 26 - 30  |  1 - 3 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
Go on an adventure to meet animals from around the world, learn about their natural environments and make crafts.

Collage image of science projects including slime, volcano and paint.
All-Star Science
August 16 - 20  |  Monday - Friday  |  10 - 11 a.m.  |  Register Here
 
Join the Mad Science All-Star team to build super structures, model volcanic eruptions and more!

Illustration of USA map with map and vehicle icons.
Camp Across the U.S.
August 9 - 13  |  Monday - Friday  |  9:30 - 11 a.m.  |  Register Here
 
In this virtual adventure, kids will learn about thedifferent places in the US and face interactive challenges!

Illustration of a kid in white lab coat holding two test tubes.
Crazy Chem-works
August 2 - 6 |  Monday - Friday  |  1 - 2 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
Kids will shake up a flask of fun in the lab and become a junior chemist as they create some crazy concoctions!

Illustration of a white and brown bears holding cameras.
Digital Art
August 16 - 20  |  Monday - Friday  |  11 a.m. - 12 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
Your art makes a difference! Throughout the week, kids will work on creative projects using digital media art and images to tell stories.

A Pokemon ball in red and white made out of Lego bricks.
Pokémon Lego
August 2 - 6  |  Monday - Friday  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
It's a Legos® x Pokémon crossover! Create your own pocket monsters—gotta make them all!

Illustration of two children with classic investigative clothing.
Super Sleuth
August 16 - 20  |  Monday - Friday  |  1 - 2:30 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
Kids will follow in the footsteps of Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys to solve mysteries and challenges in this weeklong camp.

Illustration of the front of a theatre.
Theatre Arts
Monday - Friday  |  2 Hours  | 6th Grade Only
July 19 - 23  |  3 - 5 p.m.  |  Register Here
August 2 - 6  |  2 - 4 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
Dive into all the different realms of the performing arts world and discover the connections from one branch to the other. In this week-long camp, sixth graders will channel their creativity and learn more about the literary arts, comedy, storytelling and more!

7th - 8th Grade

 
Illustration of a kid in white lab coat holding two test tubes.
Crazy Chem-works
August 2 - 6  |  Monday - Friday  |  1 - 2 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
Get ready to shake up a flask of fun in the lab and become a junior chemist. What concoctions this lab mix up? Participants will have a blast while learning how to recognize chemical reactions!

Illustration of a white and brown bears holding cameras.
Digital Art
August 16 - 20  |  Monday - Friday  |  11 a.m. - 12 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
Learn and play in an online STEAM environment! Kids will participate in hands-on activities in art, math and science.

Various plastic cups with colorful paints and brush in cups.
Summer in Color
Monday - Friday  |  2 Hours
July 12 - 16  |  1 - 3 p.m.  |  Register Here
July 26 - 30  |  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.  |  Register Here
August 9 - 13  |  1 - 3 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
In this art-centered camp, children learn drawing and painting techniques to create new masterpieces!

Illustration of the front of a theatre.
Theatre Arts
Monday - Friday  |  2 Hours
July 12 - 16  |  3 - 5 p.m.  |  Register Here
August 2 - 6  |  2 - 4 p.m.  |  Register Here
 
In this week-long camp, sixth graders will channel their creativity and learn more about the literary arts, comedy, storytelling and more!
 

Summer Virtual Homework Help

The Do Your Homework @ the Library Virtual Homework Help will be available 6 days a week to serve K-8th grade students.
  • The Do Your Homework @ the Library program is available to students and their families for free.
  • The Sharpen Your Skills help is for students to build upon their math, reading, and science skills and prevent the dreaded “Summer Slide.”
  • Virtual Homework Help
  • Math, English, and science help will be available every day.
  • Email registration is required to connect with the DYH@L Virtual Homework Help program.
  • Email DYHAL@SanDiego.gov with your student’s name, grade, school, and their local library.

Regular Hours

Monday - Friday 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
 

Homework Help for Spanish Speakers

Monday - Thursday 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Program Flyers | Guidelines

New In-Person Sharpen Your Skills @ the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library

August 2 - August 19, 2021- In-person Sharpen Your Skills will be available Monday-Thursday from 2:30 - 5:30pm at the Valencia Park/ Malcolm X Library. For additional details, please email: Dyhal@sandiego.gov.


Frequently Asked Questions

How does email request for a virtual homework assistance session work? Is it on a first come, first served basis?
No. All students that email will receive the same meeting link and passcode that is unique to the specific session. Students will be assisted as they come in to the session. The sooner they come in to the session the sooner they will receive assistance.
 
Can I request one or more virtual homework assistance sessions in advance?
You can request a link to any particular session. You can ask for as many meeting links as you need, but this does not reserve your spot. Students will receive assistance as they come in to the session.
 
Is there a limit to how many virtual homework assistance sessions I can request in advance?
There is no limit to requesting links for sessions, but meeting links do not reserve a spot. Students will be helped as they log in and they may need to wait for their turn if another student is being helped at that time.
 
How is virtual homework assistance provided? Do I receive one-on-one assistance?
Homework assistance will be provided in Zoom Breakout Rooms and several students may be in the same room at the same time. Students will be assisted in rotation. TLCs (Tutor/Learning Coordinators) will assist students with their questions and once that question is answered rotate to assist another student in the Breakout Room. Two TLCs will be available per session.
 
Do you have an online booking system for the different sessions?
We do not have an online booking system. Students will request meeting links and passcodes through email for the session they are interested in joining.
 
Am I guaranteed a spot?
There are no guaranteed spots. We will be sending the same meeting link and passcode to students who request it and we will help as many students as possible during the session allotted time.
 
Is the program open to students from all school districts and San Diego County at large?
Yes. Virtual Homework Help is available to all students.
 
Can high school or college students receive homework help?
They can receive help, but our homework help coaches are trained to assist Kindergarten to 8th grade students. If the library staff is unable to help, they will provide alternative resources that may help the student.

Volunteering

COVID-19 Update: We are not currently onboarding any new volunteers. We are looking forward to the time that volunteers will be back serving in our libraries.

We need volunteers! Do you have what it takes?

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at the library here.

If you have questions or are interested in volunteering as a homework coach, contact the the Do Your Homework @ the Library program at 619-238-6687.

Homework Resources

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If you need help with your homework, we offer free, live online tutoring every day from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. via Brainfuse HelpNow. Get help in English or Spanish, for all grades K-12. In addition, you'll find writing assistance and help with standardized tests, such as the SAT, ACT, AP, TOEFL, GED, and ASVAB.
 
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For parents and caregivers who are educating their children--either via distance learning or homeschooling--we have curated a list of free, well-established academic resources on a variety of subjects. Resources are broken down first by grade level, and then by subject.
 
For questions about the program, please contact the Do Your Homework @ the Library program at DYHAL@sandiego.gov.