Youth Summer Reading Program

Join us as we re-imagine our 2020 Summer Reading Program!

This year, the University City Public Library’s Youth Summer Reading Program is going digital! We have partnered with Beanstack to bring reporting out of the library and into your home. Summer reading will begin Friday, May 15 and run through July 17. Participants can log their reading minutes using the Beanstack App on a cell phone/mobile device or visit this page to access Beanstack. Check it out and get yourself registered here.

In the meantime, we are asking you to keep a good record of your time reading between now and the official launch of Beanstack because those minutes count! You can read your favorite books, magazines, and newspapers; listen to audiobooks; and also access e-books through Overdrive and Hoopla with a library card. It all counts! So get ready to Imagine Your Stories and use Beanstack to log your reading minutes to earn prizes and entries into our Grand Prize drawing!
Want to track your reading on paper too? Here are the reading logs we use at UCPL, which you can print out at home:
All children ages 0-17 are welcome to participate. If you are not able to access our library program through our website, please contact Youth Services at 314-727-3150.

Summer Reading Online Entertainment

RSVP required for all events

Summer Reading Kickoff with Chef Bananas
Tuesday, May 26 at 6 p.m.
Get ready for a bowl full of laughs as Chef Bananas presents "Fairy Tales Gone Bananas." Learn more about Chef Bananas on his website,
For families. RSVP by clicking here

Jeanie Puppets: Monster Magic!
Tuesday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Charles the Monster and his fuzzy sidekick, Benny, attempt to perform a dazzling magic show, but when things don't go as planned, the results are hilarious! Learn more about Jeanie Puppets on her website,
For families. RSVP by clicking here

Swords & Roses: In Search of Buried Treasure
Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Join in for an interactive action adventure! Learn more about Swords & Roses at their website,
For families. RSVP by clicking here

Swords & Roses: The Cavern of the Elements
Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Join in for an online escape room experience! Learn more about Swords & Roses at their website,
For teens. RSVP by clicking here

Celia's Singalong Dance Party
Tuesday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a rockin', stompin', hollerin' good time! Wear your dancing shoes to this all-ages party because Celia will rock your socks off! Learn more about Celia at her website,
For families. RSVP by clicking here

Sherry Norfolk Presents Hoppily Ever After
Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Enter the world of imagination through the magic of interactive storytelling! Learn more about Sherry Norfolk at her website,
For families. RSVP by clicking here

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Garage Sale
Tuesday, July 21 at 7 p.m.
You're invited to a garage sale on the island of TwoTubs, UCPL's Animal Crossing: New Horizons island. Our Teen Librarian, Amber, has been hard at work collecting recipes, flowers, and items. She's been working too hard! The island is overrun! We need you to take some of these extras off our hands. Bring your fully charged Switch with your copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons to the UCPL parking lot on Tuesday, July 21 at 7pm and you'll be able to island hop via Local Play from the comfort and safety of your car using the library's WiFi network.

Finishers' Party with Brent Allan
Thursday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Get ready for comedy, magic, interactive games, and stories as Brent Allan presents "Once Upon a Story..." Learn more about Brent Allan at his website,
For families. RSVP by clicking here