Big Book Challenge kicks off May 29

Join us at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 as we kick off our 2024 Adult Summer Reading Big Book Challenge! 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.

For more information on the 2024 Big Book Challenge, including a full schedule of events, visit the Adult Summer Reading page on our website.

Register for the 2024 Memorial Day Run

Support University City institutions and take part in a long-standing tradition! The 50thAnnual Memorial Day Run is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 a.m. Monday, May 27 at the University City Public Library, 6701 Delmar Blvd. The annual run benefits the University City Public Library, U City in Bloom, and The Green Center.

The event features 5K, 10K, and 1-mile fun run distances. For registration information, visit and we’ll see you at the starting line!

Join us for monthly events just for senior residents!

Older adults are invited to join us on the second Friday of each month at 11 a.m. in the auditorium for a new series of lunch-and-learn events focused on U.City’s senior residents. The monthly series will feature local experts discussing programs and services that are available for seniors in the St. Louis area. Upcoming events and topics are:

  • Friday, May 10 — Aging Ahead
  • Friday, June 14 — OASIS + Chair Yoga
  • Friday, July 12 — AARP: Avoiding Scams

     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. Visit our events calendar to learn more, and for links to register online.
     This series is presented in partnership with the University City Senior Commission and Aging Ahead.

Learn computer skills

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

May 1— Computer Basics
Get an introduction to computers, including turning them on and off, using a mouse, and more.

May 8 — Internet Basics
Learn the basics of accessing and navigating the Internet.

May 15 — Internet Basics II
Build on the concepts of the Internet Basics class to learn about downloading, printing, and file storage.

These hour-long classes will be held in UCPL’s new makerspace. and a limited number of chromebooks will be provided during the training. Spaces for these programs are limited, so email or call the reference desk at 314-727-3150 to reserve your spot. These classes are for an adult audience.

Language learning with your UCPL card

Now available at UCPL: Mango Languages! Choose from more than 70 world languages to learn via computer or on your mobile device, from anywhere, at any time. Enjoy native speaker audio and cultural context that will fully immerse you in the language. 

Learn any (or many!) languages for free at or by clicking the Mango Languages link on the Research & Learning page of our website. All you need is a UCPL card to get started.

You can also download the Mango app to learn on the go! Search for “Mango Languages” in your device’s app store. Call 314-727-3150 or email for more information.

Get free online access to The New York Times & The Wall Street Journal

UCPL cardholders now have free access to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal online editions using your library card! Access to these two national newspapers is available when you log into the online catalog.

Use your library card number and PIN to log in to the catalog (make sure it’s the UCPL version, with the lion logo at the top), and you’ll find links to the two newspapers in the “My Account” section, on the left-hand side. Both newspapers require a free account to log in, but once you’re in, you have 24 hours of access to the New York Times, and 72 hours of access to the Wall Street Journal.

Trouble logging in? Contact the UCPL reference librarians at 314-727-3150 or email us at