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.

Feb
9
Wed
Author Event: Tony Messenger
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

University City Public Library is excited to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tony Messenger for an online program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9. Mr. Messenger will discuss his new book, Profit and Punishment: How America Criminalizes the Poor in the Name of Justice.

As a metro columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Mr. Messenger has spent years in county and municipal courthouses documenting how poor Americans are convicted of minor crimes and then saddled with exorbitant fines and fees. If they are unable to pay, they are often sent to prison, where they are then charged a pay-to-stay bill, in a cycle that soon creates a mountain of debt that can take years to pay off. These insidious penalties are used to raise money for broken local and state budgets, often overseen by for-profit companies, and it is one of the central issues of the criminal justice reform movement. Mr. Messenger won a Pulitzer Prize in 2019 for his series of columns on this topic.

The program is free and open to all, and will be held virtually via Zoom. To participate, please email reference@ucitylibrary.org to register for the Zoom link. The Library will also broadcast the program on the Library’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Signed copies of Profit and Punishment will be available for purchase at Subterranean Books after the event.

Feb
14
Mon
Orcs & Aliens Book Group
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a lively discussion of The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 ONLINE. For information on joining the Zoom meeting, email reference@ucitylibrary.org.

Feb
15
Tue
Read the Classics Book Group
Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for a lively discussion of Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 ONLINE. For information on joining the Zoom meeting, email reference@ucitylibrary.org.

Feb
23
Wed
UCity Book Group
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a lively discussion of Hell of a Book by Jason Mott at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 ONLINE. For information on joining the Zoom meeting, email reference@ucitylibrary.org.

Mar
14
Mon
Orcs & Aliens Book Group
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a lively discussion of The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14 ONLINE. For information on joining the Zoom meeting, email reference@ucitylibrary.org.

Mar
15
Tue
Read the Classics Book Group
Mar 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for a lively discussion of The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 ONLINE. For information on joining the Zoom meeting, email reference@ucitylibrary.org.

Apr
11
Mon
Orcs & Aliens Book Group
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a lively discussion of Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir at 7 p.m. Monday, April 11 ONLINE. For information on joining the Zoom meeting, email reference@ucitylibrary.org.

Apr
19
Tue
Read the Classics Book Group
Apr 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for a lively discussion of Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 ONLINE. For information on joining the Zoom meeting, email reference@ucitylibrary.org.

May
17
Tue
Read the Classics Book Group
May 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for a lively discussion of Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 ONLINE. For information on joining the Zoom meeting, email reference@ucitylibrary.org.