Pride Month is always a time to remember the elders of the LGBTQ+ community and recognize the fight they lead for a world where all people could live free, full lives no matter what their gender identity or sexual orientation. In 2020, it is particularly important for us to remember the lives of LGBTQ African-Americans who came before us. For Pride 2020, take some time to learn about Bayard Rustin and James Baldwin, gay Black men whose legacy of wisdom, truth and leadership continue to be a model for us all.
Let's kick off Pride season by celebrating LGBTQ+ writers, especially works by African American writers. Here in D.C., the virtual event Black in Space will celebrate and uplift the Black LGBTQ+ experience across time and space.
To join the celebration, here is a fabulous playlist of queer sci-fi, fantasy and horror for you to enjoy and dance across the universe.
For Summer Challenge, we want you to take a little bit of time each day to read, but we also want you to aim high with your reading and connect with others by reading good books. This summer, we have chosen one book each month for you to read from our online collection to read and discuss. On the fourth Thursday of the month, we will host an online discussion lead by DC Public Library staff and friends.
Join us for a special online adult book club focused on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and the many books that it inspired. For the next two weeks, we invite you to read a title from the Pride and Prejudice bookshelf, either Austen’s original novel or one of the many retellings, riffs, and remixes that other authors have written.
Watch and follow along as Allie creates a quilt from start to finish with these helpful video guides.
Download Sweet Celebrations on OverDrive to follow the guide used in the video.
Part 1: Materials
Part 2: Assembly
Looking for family fun in Penn Quarter? Drop by the Explore! Family Space at the National Portrait Gallery for story time with DC Public Library staff, Wednesdays, beginning at 11:45 a.m. Enjoy stories, songs and movement that help prepare children for reading in a unique, interactive space. The story times are recommended for children ages 18 months to 6 years with an adult.
Be a part of the fun as story time returns to the Great Hall of the National Building Museum for the Fall/Winter/Spring, beginning Sept. 3, 2019 (consult the Events and Classes Calendar for all Tuesday story times). Drop-in for this free program of songs, movement, rhymes and stories while experiencing a majestic and historic space.
DC Public Library returns to Chinatown Parks for story time each Tuesday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Learn ways to prepare your child for reading, meet other parents and caregivers, participate in the library’s Summer Challenge, and enjoy a morning under the story tent in this gem of a park located between I and Massachusetts Avenues, NW. Story times are from June 4 – July 30 and are recommended for children 5 and under.
DC Public Library joins the National Portrait Gallery’s Tuesday – Friday story time, Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m. Enjoy stories, music and movement that encourage and model a love of reading and learning in the unique and interactive Explore!