Calendar

Check here for all of the upcoming events at UCPL. If you have questions about any of them, give us a call at 314-727-3150.

May
29
Wed
Adult Summer Reading Big Book Challenge Kickoff Event
May 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Pick up your copy of The African Trilogy by Chinua Achebe and meet your fellow readers! Then stick around for a keynote presentation from Dr. Joya Uraizee at 7 p.m. Dr. Uraizee is Professor of English at Saint Louis University, where she teaches African and postcolonial literature and film. She is the author of three books: This is No Place for a Woman: Nadine Gordimer, Nayantara Sahgal, Buchi Emecheta and the Politics of Gender (2000), In the Jaws of the Leviathan: Genocide Fiction and Film (2010) and Writing That Breaks Stones: African Child Soldier Narratives (2020). She is currently working on a manuscript on African child refugee narratives. She has also published several articles on same sex desire in east African cinema, memory in African cinema, migrant African children, and religious fanaticism in Bollywood movies. Dr. Uraizee is currently president of the African Literature Association, an international organization that promotes African literature, writers, and artists to a world-wide audience.
May
30
Thu
Yoga at the Library
May 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the auditorium for a free one-hour yoga class. Taught by independent yoga instructor Paul Cunningham, the class is open to all levels of yoga practitioners. Cunningham will teach basic-level yoga postures, breathwork, and dynamic movements designed to increase range of mobility in our joints and muscles. Options will be offered for increased challenge for those who want to go deeper into poses, as well as variations to make poses more accessible as needed.

The yoga class is intended for adults and teens. Please bring your own yoga mat. To register, please call the reference desk at 314-727-3150 or email reference@ucitylibrary.org.

Jun
3
Mon
Online Author Visit: Matt Shindell
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

You’re invited to come learn alongside Matt Shindell, National Air and Space Museum Curator, as he introduces viewers to historical figures who have made sense of Mars and its secrets, in an online discussion of the book For the Love of Mars: A Human History of the Red Planet on Monday, June 3 at 1 p.m. via digital live-stream.

Register now!

Jun
6
Thu
Yoga at the Library
Jun 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the auditorium for a free one-hour yoga class. Taught by independent yoga instructor Paul Cunningham, the class is open to all levels of yoga practitioners. Cunningham will teach basic-level yoga postures, breathwork, and dynamic movements designed to increase range of mobility in our joints and muscles. Options will be offered for increased challenge for those who want to go deeper into poses, as well as variations to make poses more accessible as needed.

The yoga class is intended for adults and teens. Please bring your own yoga mat. To register, please call the reference desk at 314-727-3150 or email reference@ucitylibrary.org.

Jun
10
Mon
Orcs & Aliens Book Group
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a lively discussion of Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor at 7 p.m. Monday, June 10 in the UCPL makerspace. Email Kara at kkrekeler@ucitylibrary.org for more information.

Jun
12
Wed
Drums & Voices of Nigeria
Jun 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for a family-friendly evening exploring the songs and folktales of West Africa, led by Emmy Award-winning storyteller Bobby Norfolk and drummer Kenya Ajanaku. Discover Nigerian culture through this exciting program of storytelling, unique musical instruments, traditional clothing, and audience participation.

Jun
13
Thu
Yoga at the Library
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the auditorium for a free one-hour yoga class. Taught by independent yoga instructor Paul Cunningham, the class is open to all levels of yoga practitioners. Cunningham will teach basic-level yoga postures, breathwork, and dynamic movements designed to increase range of mobility in our joints and muscles. Options will be offered for increased challenge for those who want to go deeper into poses, as well as variations to make poses more accessible as needed.

The yoga class is intended for adults and teens. Please bring your own yoga mat. To register, please call the reference desk at 314-727-3150 or email reference@ucitylibrary.org.

Online Author Visit: Freida McFadden
Jun 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a free online visit from the queen of plot twists, bestselling author Freida McFadden, as she chats about writing psychological thrillers and her mega-bestselling hit The Housemaid series on Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m.

The third installment in the series, The Housemaid Is Watching, continues to follow Millie Calloway. She used to clean other people’s houses—now, she can’t believe this new home is actually hers. The charming kitchen, the quiet cul-de-sac, the huge yard where her kids can play. She and her husband saved for years to give their children the life they deserve.

Even though she’s wary of their new neighbor, Mrs. Lowell when she invites them over for dinner, it’s their chance to make friends, so they accept the invitation. Mrs. Lowell’s maid opens the door wearing a white apron, her hair in a tight bun. Millie knows exactly what it’s like to be in her shoes. But the maid’s cold stare gives her chills…

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Jun
14
Fri
Senior Lunch & Learn
Jun 14 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us at 11 a.m. Friday, June 14 for a lunch-and-learn event focused on U.City’s senior residents. The monthly series features local experts discussing programs and services that are available for seniors in the St. Louis area. This program will feature a presentation by OASIS, with an overview of the services they offer to older adults in the community, followed by chair yoga..

Lunch is provided free-of-charge to those over 60 who pre-register for the event. Free transportation may be available to those who qualify. Call 636-207-0847 to register and learn more. You can also register by clicking here.

This series is presented in partnership with the University City Senior Commission and Aging Ahead.

Jun
18
Tue
Rhythm & Books Book Group
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an in-depth discussion of Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J-Dilla, the Hip-Hop Producer Who Reinvented Rhythm by Dan Charnas at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 in Room 208. For information, email Kevin at kevin@ucitylibrary.org.