Use Our Computer Lab
Need a place to complete your homework assignments, search for employment or check out social media? You can use our Computer Lab Monday through Thursday; 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Publisher, Homework Helpers, and Job Search links are just a few of the many resources available. Please bring a USB/Thumb drive to save your files. We also offer keyboarding (typing) and software training classes on a regular basis. Make sure to check our calendar listings.

HiSET Program
Thomas Dunn Learning Center HiSET Program is designed to meet the needs of those who did not finish high school but need state-issued high school equivalency credentials. HiSET stands for High School Equivalency Test. It is the test chosen by the State of Missouri to allow adults to earn their high school diploma. It is similar to the GED that Missouri used to use.  Attainment allows an individual to move forward in a career field, join the military, begin a training program, or continue their education. Come into our office to register.

Select a Book from Our Library
Thomas Dunn Learning Center library may be small, but it's very special. Its circular shape, accented with a working fireplace and natural light streams from our pyramid skylight, provides a cozy atmosphere for individuals to lose themselves in a good book or for small groups to meet. Our collection of fiction, non-fiction, reference, and classic books provides something for everyone.

Art Lab
Have you ever wanted to dabble with a certain craft or medium and bought the supplies you needed, only to find that you used the supplies once or lost interest!  Next time... you will know to start in our FREE Art Lab. We have a fully stocked and staffed art lab for a variety of creative endeavors including working with clay (yes, we have a kiln), painting, drawing, collaging, sewing, and crafting of all kinds. We invite the public (13 and older) to come and enjoy our
Open Art Lab  Monday - Thursday from 3:00 – 6:00 PM.

  • We also host Sip ‘n Sketch for adults, a life-drawing (or painting) class every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.
  • Creative Saturdays with guest artists and quarterly themed art receptions currently round out our art program.

Training/Demonstration Kitchen
Our kitchen is fully appointed with two stovetops, two industrial microwaves, and four ovens. We host a variety of cooking classes that have included specialty food preparation such as vegan, teen cooking camps, diabetic education, weight loss/weight maintenance, and cooking with recaptured foods. We also hold canning and food, preservation classes.

Youth Programs

  • Southside Youth Council is a group of 13 to 19-year-old youth who meet weekly to learn about their community by taking field trips, listening to guest speakers, collaborating with other youth groups, and planning fun action events to assist in their community.
  • THE PLACE is a teen drop-in center run by TDLC and located in the Marquette Recreation Center. It provides young adults the opportunity to have a "third place" -  lounge, talk, play games, wash their clothes in emergencies, take field trips, be mentored or connected to a tutor.
  • Youth Provider Coalition is a group of over 80 organizations that serve the youth across the region by meeting monthly to network, learn, and collaborate with each other.  

Meeting Room and Auditorium
Thomas Dunn Learning Center hosts a number of organizations as they serve the community and our educational, cultural, enrichment and civic objectives. Below is a list of just a few:

Alive and Well STL

Annie Malone Parenting Classes
City of St. Louis Department of Health

Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club

Metropolitan Congregations United

Operation Food Search

Operation Spot 

Places for People
Regional Arts Commission
Safe Connections
St. Louis Community College
St. Louis Juvenile Justice Association

St. Louis Stray Rescue
St. Louis Tax Assistance Program

Strategic Partner Alliance of Greater St, Louis (SPAG-STL)
UMSL Extension

Youth in Need