Learn how to get inexpensive internet at home

Join us Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. for a free introduction to the Affordable Connectivity Program, a federal program to help provide inexpensive internet access at home. This hour-long session will review what the program is, discuss ways you might qualify, and walk through the sign-up process.

**Please note: This program will be held in the auditorium, on the second floor of the Library, and the elevator is currently out of order.**

Learn computer basics

Join us for a series of free basic computer classes on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. .

Nov. 29 — Internet Basics
Learn how to find information online and navigate websites.

Dec. 6 — Online Safety
Get tips on creating strong passwords, recognizing online scams, & staying safe online.

Dec. 13 — Email Basics
Learn how to create and manage a safe and functional email account.

These hour-long classes will be held in UCPL’s new makerspace. and chromebooks will be provided for the training. Spaces for these programs are limited, so email reference@ucitylibrary.org or call the reference desk at 314-727-3150 to reserve your spot. Please be aware that the makerspace is on the second level of the building and that our elevator is currently out-of-order until later this fall. These classes are for an adult audience.

Lots of virtual author talks coming up!

We’re excited to launch a virtual author talk series that features bestselling, award-winning, and highly acclaimed authors from around the world, thanks to a partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium. The featured writers and thought leaders will cover a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres. 

The free, virtual series takes place two to three times a month and includes the opportunity to ask questions to the author.  Check out a complete list of events, both upcoming and archived, at https://libraryc.org/ucitylibrary.

Join us for “Stories of Exile” this fall

Join UCPL for our “Stories of Exile” book discussion series, sponsored by the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass. Using Yiddish literature as a portal, the program will feature works in translation that explore narratives which grapple with questions of homelands, journeys, identity, and belonging. Readers will examine three newly translated Yiddish works written in the early 20th Century before diving into a contemporary title with similar themes.

Discussions will be led by Hannah Dinkel, Director of Literary Arts for the Jewish Community Center. Ms. Dinkel completed graduate studies in Germanic languages and literature at Washington University, where she engaged with topics in medieval German literature, German-Jewish literature including exile literature, and holocaust literature. Her passions are historical linguistics, translation studies, and Jewish diasporic literary traditions and languages.

The first discussion will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 5 and focus on In the Land of the Postscript: The Complete Stories of Chava Rosenfarb, translated by Goldie Morgentaler. Subsequent discussions will feature On the Landing: Stories by Yenta Mash, translated by Ellen Cassedy on Oct. 10; The Glatstein Chronicles by Jacob Glatstein, translated by Maier Deshell and Norbert Guterman on Nov. 7; and Last Boat Out of Shanghai by Helen Zia on Dec. 5.

All events will be held in the auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m. Copies of the books are available for checkout at UCPL. Contact us at reference@ucitylibrary.org for more info. This series is intended for teens and adults and is free to the public.

The Yiddish Book Center’s “Stories of Exile” Reading Groups for Public Libraries is a reading and discussion program to engage teens and adults in thinking about experiences of displacement, migration, and diaspora. In this program, librarians organize reading groups to discuss three books of Yiddish literature in translation, and one book related to the experience of a community served by their library.

The Yiddish Book Center’s “Stories of Exile” Reading Groups for Public Libraries is made possible by a gift from Sharon Karmazin.