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UCPL will be closed on Sunday, June 19 for Father's Day,
and on Monday, June 20 in observation of Juneteenth.

Adult Summer Reading welcomes two special guests in June: Melody Jue and Deesha Philyaw!

     As our Adult Summer Reading Program “Secrets of the Deep” kicks off, we're thrilled to welcome two special guests this month! Associate Professor of English at UC Santa Barbara Melody Jue will deliver our summer's keynote speech at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 via Zoom. Her experiences working across the fields of ocean humanities, science fiction, science studies, and media theory inform her lecture “Diving into Reading,” which will explore themes of experiencing culture and the arts through water and prepare us for our summer of reading.
     We're also excited to offer a virtual author visit with award-winning author Deesha Philyaw at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, also via Zoom. Her debut short story collection The Secret Lives of Church Ladies was published in 2020, and explores the raw and tender places where black women and girls dare to follow their desires and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good. The nine stories feature four generations of characters grappling with who they want to be in the world, caught as they are between the church’s double standards and their own needs and passions. Our UCity Book Group will be discussing the book at its meeting on Wednesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. online.
     The Secret Lives of Church Ladies won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, the 2020 LA Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. Philyaw’s work has been listed as Notable in the Best American Essays series, and her writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Brevity, dead housekeeping, Apogee Journal, Catapult, Harvard Review, ESPN’s The Undefeated, The Baltimore Review, TueNight, Ebony and Bitch magazines, and various anthologies.
     For a full lineup of events, visit the Adult Summer Reading page on our website. To receive Zoom invitations to either of these guest lectures, please email and we’ll make sure you get the latest info on what’s happening. All events are free and open to all. Both Melody Jue and Deesha Philyaw's presentations will also be livestreamed to UCPL's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

There are Oceans of Possibilities for FUN with Youth Summer Reading this month

     Youth Summer Reading is in full swing at UCPL and there are so many awesome things to do in June! Here's just a few:
  • The Martika Daniels Fire Eating & Stunt Show - June 2 at 6:30 p.m. With over a decade of sideshow entertainment industry experience, Martika Daniels is one of the most in-demand sideshow performers in the Midwest. Fusing Fire Eating, Circus Performance, and Interactive Stunts, this Teen-centered program is sure to be an experience to remember! Join us as we proudly present The Martika Show in the courtyard of University United Methodist Church on June 2 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Family Night - June 7 at 6:30 p.m. Join Youth Services in the courtyard of the former University United Methodist church at the corner of Trinity and Washington Aves for a wet and wacky Family Fun Night! The littles can play water games while the older kids can dunk on Ms. Erin at Water Balloon Basketball. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. on June 7.
  • Teen Game Night - June 9 at 6 p.m. June 9 is the night we bring out the VR headsets, the projector, the Switch, and the snacks! It's a laid-back hang out with plenty of digital fun from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Kid's Take & Makes - Available June 14 and June 21 Available for Preschool and School Age makers! Get creative with these kits that provide all the supplies you need for an afternoon of crafty fun.
  • Teen Take & Makes - Available June 16 & June 30 Geared toward the older set, these more complex take and makes aim to help teens express their creative side through craft and creation!
  • Teen Selfie Bingo - Available June 23 Have fun with the phone in your pocket! Take a selfie to match a category and get 4 in a row for a bingo! Each completed bingo gets a prize with a special Grand Prize for the silliest, most creative selfies taken.
  • The Spirit of Angela West African Dance w/ Special Guest Storyteller - June 28 at 6:30 p.m. Spirit of Angela brings the rhythms and stories of West African Dance and Drum to the courtyard of the former University United Methodist church on June 28 at 6:30 p.m. This exciting edutainment presentation combines music, dance, and story. Can’t wait to see you there!

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UCPL bids goodbye to some staff, promotes and welcomes others

     Over the last few months, the UCPL staff has seen some big changes! In April, our Assistant Director and longtime Head of Adult Services Kathleen Gallagher left UCPL to take on the role of director at the Richmond Heights Memorial Library. While we're sad to see her go, we're thrilled to see her leading one of our partners in the Municipal Library Consortium!
     In the wake of Kathleen's departure, Head of Circulation Kerry Bruce has been promoted to Assistant Director, while reference librarian Kara Krekeler is now the Head of Adult Services. Additionally, reference assistant Ruthie Rochman is now a full-time adult services librarian. Congrats to Kerry, Kara, and Ruthie on their promotions!
     We're also happy to welcome Kevin Korinek as our new Community Engagement Librarian. Kevin will be assisting with outreach efforts into the community, as well as working with Kara and Ruthie on programming for adults. Be sure to say hello when you see him at the reference desk!
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