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The Central Library celebrates Hip Hop Appreciation Week

DOWNTOWN – This week the Central Library will host the 6th Annual Hip Hop Appreciation Week.

Jam-packed with events Monday through Saturday, the celebration of hip hop has a little something for everyone, including panels about the historical significance of the genre and performances by local St. Louis artists.

The week opens on Monday night with an Opening Reception for Hip Hop & Fashion, featuring a fashion show, at 7PM in the Carnegie Room of the library. Pieces from the show will be available for viewing in the Carnegie Room for the rest of the week.

Certain events are geared toward teens and kids specifically. On Wednesday, the Creative Experience will host “Straight Outta Central” talent show for teens to showcase their own hip hop skills. And kids 0 to 5 can come to “Hip Hop Storytelling With MK Stallings & Black Spade” on Friday morning in the Children’s Library.

This year, the library will also host a digitally-oriented hip hop event that utilizes the Creative Experience, with a “Hip Hop in Virtual Reality” workshop on Tuesday afternoon from 3 to 5PM.

All events featured in Hip Hop Appreciation Week are free and open to the public. For more information about the events, head over to

Samantha Auch

Sam Auch graduated from Knox College, where she studied Theater and Gender Studies. Outside her work with The Northsider, she works as an actor, playwright, and artist. You can found out more about her at her website

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