The University Park Public Library presents its new STEAM Station!  The station is a cart packed with fun and interactive activities that focus on science, engineering, and building skills that families can participate in together.  Activity sets include MagnaTiles, TinkerToys, Keva Planks, Zoobs, and Squigz. 

The STEAM Station will be available in the children's area for families to enjoy every Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 12noon.  The STEAM Station is provided by La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas.

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Kids Program

“Giddy UP with Reading”, University Park Public Library’s 2019 summer program, will kick off at the library on Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 10 am to 12 pm and ends July 31. Participants may sign up at the Friends of University Park Public Library’s Splash Bash on Friday, May 24, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. For the first time, the library will offer the Tween and Teen Summer Reading Club in partnership with the Highland Park Public Library.  Grown UP Summer Reading, a program for adults, will be open for its second year.  To enroll in any of the programs, head to (and click on the Library heading) or visit us at the library.


Performers will visit the library every Wednesday this summer at 2pm:


June 5               Gregg the Balloon Guy – Magic Show

June 12             Black Prairie Raptor Center – Raptors of North Texas

June 19             Critterman – Extra Furry

June 26             Perot Museum – TECH Truck

July 10            James Wand – Secret Agent Magic Show

July 17              Legendary Black Belt Academy – Physical Demonstration

July 24            Professor Brainius – Wild and Wacky Science

July 31            Frontiers of Flight Museum – Living History Presentation  


Prizes will be awarded at 10, 20, 30, and 40 hour levels and include:


10 hours: A participation certificate and rainbow bracelet

20 hours: SusieCakes coupon and bouncy ball

30 hours: Color-changing cup for each child

40 hours: Chipotle coupon and book donated to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

50 hours: Entry into grand prize drawing


New Program for Tweens and Teens


The Tween and Teen Summer Reading Club for entering seventh through twelfth grades and sponsored by Christine McKenny and Allie Beth Allman, begins on June 1 and ends on July 31. This year’s theme is “Close Encounters”. Each week, participants who log reading hours will be entered into a drawing to win one of three gift cards from a local business. At the end of the program, participants who read 50 or more hours will be entered into the tweens and teens grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire HD 8.


Tweens and teens can participate in one program each month this summer:


Tech Petting Zoo  – create and explore with a variety of tech including stop animation software and robots

June 13, 2:30 – 4:30 pm at University Park Public Library


Cupcake Wars – challenge your creativity using surprise ingredients and toppings in our own version of the popular TV show

July 11, 2:30 – 4:30 pm at Highland Park Public Library


Summer Reading for Adults


Grown UP Summer Reading provides fun for adult readers.  At sign up, participants will receive a yard sign when they enroll. To participate, once you’ve finished a book or completed a challenge, enter it into the database.  Those who do will be entered into weekly drawings for prizes.  Readers may also post what books they’re read so that others can get inspiration for their next read.  The program runs from June 1 to July 31 and is sponsored by Minnette Murray Group with Compass Real Estate.






The University Park Public Library is excited to offer a new service to area book clubs.  Beginning in January, members of area clubs will able to check out “Book-Club-In-A-Bag” sets.  These bags contain eight copies of a popular title, along with discussion questions, author bios, and suggested books.  One person will check out the bag and return it five weeks later.   The library has sets of the following titles: 

 The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Eleanor Oliphant is Just Fine by Gail Honeyman

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

A Place for Us  by Fatime Farheen Mirza

Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris

The Dinner List by Rebecca Searle

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson

These titles were curated by Sharon Perry, the Library Director, either for their popularity, timely subject, or ability to evoke lively discussion.  Book clubs can reserve the titles for upcoming months and make suggestions for future titles; email Ms. Perry at  The titles will change every five to six months.


The team at the University Park Public Library wishes you a Happy Holiday Season!

The University Park Public Library will be closed for the Holidays on Saturday, December 22nd.  The library will reopen on Wednesday, December 26th.

For the New Year Holiday, the Library will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2nd. 

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Now adults can have just about as much fun reading in the summer as kids do.  For the first time, UP Public Library is offering a Grown UP Summer Reading program.  Just like our younger readers, all adult participants will receive a yard sign when they enroll. To participate, once you’ve finished a book or completed a challenge, go online here.  Those who do will be entered into weekly drawings for prizes.  The program runs from June 1 to July 31.   

After reading three books or completing three challenges, participants will receive a custom-made bookmark.  Grown UP readers who finish five books or challenges will receive a smartphone stand. 

 Grown Up Summer Reading yard signs are sponsored by the Minnette Murray Group with Compass. Drawing prizes have been contributed by Suzanne Roberts Gifts, Cisco Grill, Sandra Cude, and The Biz. 

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The University Park Public Library will exhibit of this year's La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas Duchess gowns.  These gowns will be worn by the duchesses at the La Fiesta Gala on Saturday, June 9, 2018.  

The gowns will be displayed in the library Tuesday, June 12 through Saturday, June 23, 2018, during regular Library Hours.  The University Park Public Library is located at the Plaza at Preston Center and is open 10am to 8pm Tuesday through Thursday and from 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday.

Adding to the regal fun, some special events are planned.  On Thursday, June 14th at 3pm, dukes and duchesses will enjoy a special story time about kings, queens, dukes and duchesses with some special guests.  Young duchesses and dukes will make their crowns or tiaras.  On Thursday, June 21st at 3pm, a princess will entertain with stories, games, and songs. 

These events are free and open to the public. 

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Registration for University Park Public Library’s popular summer program, UP with Reading! starts May 25th from 5:30 to 7:30pm at Splash Bash at the Holmes Aquatics Center.  Toddlers to teens are encouraged to register!  Other than at Splash Bash, readers can register at the library, online at, or at the City of University’s Fishing Derby on June 2nd at Caruth Park from 9am to noon.  Young readers can report hours from May 25th through July 26th.  Prizes may be picked up through August 25th. 

Registered young readers can have fun at activities throughout June and July.  All activities, featuring special guests, will take place at the library on Wednesdays, beginning at 3pm*.  The lineup includes a storyteller, squirmy animals, a karate demonstration, and a magician.   *The June 27th program will begin at 2pm.

This summer’s UP with Reading theme is “Level UP with Reading.” Each registered participant will be given a game token to hang in the library.

Prizes will be awarded for 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 hours of reading as hours are achieved:

  • A yard sign for each family with registered readers

  • Certificate of completion and a backpack tag

  • Color-changing straw and a Pixel tattoo

  • Pixel tote bag and a deck of pixel playing cards

  • Chipotle Certificate and a book donated to charity in the child’s name*

  • Each child who reads 50 or more hours will be entered into prize drawings

*The University Park Public Library is proud to partner with the Highland Park Public Library in donating books to Trinity River Mission, a literacy-based organiztion. 

The HPISD school whose students collectively read the most hours will be awarded the Readers Cup trophy.  University Park Elementary is the current champion.

UP with Reading is presented by Briggs Freeman / Sotheby’s International.

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Need an affordable, yet amazing Holiday gift for a friend or neighbor?  Want to give a stocking stuffer that they’ll really enjoy?  Then the Friends of the University Park Public Library has the perfect gift!  In celebration of the University Park Public Library’s 5th Anniversary at the Plaza at Preston Center, the Friends are presenting a lecture series in January.  Tickets are $20 each and grant access to all four lectures, so attend as many or as few as you’d like.  The line-up is as follows:

Tuesday, January 16 – “Making Sense of News Media” with Reid Slaughter

Thursday, January 18 – “Pet Health and Parenting” with Dr. John Vandermeer and Melissa Anderson with her dog, Skinny Vinny

Tuesday, January 23 – “Privacy in a Public World” with Ashley Cook

Tuesday, January 25 – “And the Oscar Goes To….” With Libby Hunt

All events begin at 7pm and will be held in the Library’s Community Room.  Seating is limited, so purchase your ticket soon!  Tickets are on sale at Suzanne Roberts Gifts, KidBiz, Lucky Dog Barkery, and at the library.  They may also be purchased online at    


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The University Park Public Library has Holiday magic planned for your family!  Sponsored by Christine McKenny and Allie Beth Allman and Associates, we are excited to fill the first three Saturdays in December with merriment:

December 2 -- Enjoy Holiday magic and a story with Mrs. Claus.  Once a year, she rides to work with Santa* to visit with us at the library.   

December 9 -- Make some Holiday ornaments for the library's Christmas tree and some to take home.  Enjoy some treats and Holiday music while crafting!

December 16 -- Enjoy laughter and mischief with Leon the Elf!  See what hijinks Leon has in store for us.

 *Don't forget that Santa and his reindeer are at the Plaza at Preston Center from 11am to 3pm the first three Saturdays in December.

All programs presented by the University Park Public Library are free and open to the public.  For more information, call the Library at 214-363-9095.

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The Friends of the University Park Public Library is pleased to present “The Importance of Being Ernest Hemingway” with Dr. Elliot Engel on Friday, November 17, 2017, at 7pm.  Seating is limited, so get your ticket early! 

Ernest Hemingway is one of the great American novelists of the 20th century, having been awarded both the Pulitzer and the Nobel prizes.  His works include A Farewell to Arms, The Old Man and the Sea, and For Whom the Bell Tolls.  His adventurous spirit, love of the outdoors, and larger-than-life personality are reflected in his writing.  Dr. Engel, with his enthusiastic and engaging style, will bring Hemingway to life.  He will create a fascinating portrait of the writer by exploring his turbulent early life, his writing career, and the tragedy of his final years. 

 Dr. Engel has a Ph.D. from UCLA, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.  He has written numerous books and plays and created a series for PBS on Charles Dickens.  He has won numerous awards for his work with adult education, and has been inducted into the Royal Society of Arts in England.  

 The event will be held at the University Park Methodist Church at 4024 Caruth Boulevard.  Check-in and refreshments begin at 6:30pm.  Tickets are $35 each, and can be purchased online or mail a check payable to "Friends of the UPPL" with your name, email, and number of guests to:  Friends of the UPPL, 3419 Westminster, Suite 335-G, Dallas, TX 75205. 

 The Friends of the University Park Public Library exist to enhance the mission of The University Park Public Library by raising operating funds, providing volunteers and hosting and sponsoring community programs.  Please join the Friends in supporting your community library!