Mt. Pleasant
Neighborhood Library

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The Watermelon Seed

Giggle-Inducing Books

Have some fun with your little one

Sharing books with your little one can be full of fun, smiles and giggles. Check out one of these books and find out how much fun storytime can be!

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson

Book Club Selection for July

'Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,' by Bryan Stevenson

Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson has dedicated his life to defending those who are most in need: the wrongly condemned, the poor, women and children trapped in the justice system. Stevenson has written an engaging and unforgettable account of his work, beginning with one of his first cases, that of Walter McMillian, a young man sentenced to die for a murder he did not commit. The complexities of this case influenced and set Stevenson on the path of mercy and justice, a path he continues to follow today.

Tour de DCPL VI

A Mt. Pleasant Rider's Review

Tour de DCPL: A Rider’s Review  by C.T. Lechner, Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library Patron For more information and photos from the ride, head to

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

Death in the Dormitories

Murder mysteries set at schools and universities

Holden Caulfield describing his classmates (and everyone else in the world) as phonies. The "O Captain! My Captain!" scene in Dead Poets Society. Victorian schoolgirls dipping their rivals' braids in inkpots in A Little Princess

Beauty Queens

Book Club in June: 'Beauty Queens'

Join us for the discussion

Fifty beauty pageant contestants on their way to the Miss Teen Dream Pageant crash land on a desert island. What to do? Practice your talent or find food? Work together or do contest rules apply? Find out what happens to these young women as they find themselves while hoping to be found.

Cover image of Mom Knows: Reflections on Love, Gay Pride, and Taking Action

Author Talk: Catherine Tuerk

'Mom Knows: Reflections on Love, Gay Pride, and Taking Action'

Mom Knows: Reflections on Love, Gay Pride, and Taking Action is a series of essays from the loving mother of a gay son to other parents who might be struggling with their children’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Covering two decades of her work as an advocate for LGBT people in the D.C.

Latin American Youth Center logo.

Summer of Safe Sex

Sexual health education and testing with the Latin American Youth Center

Start the summer off right! Stop by, get informed, and get tested Thursday, June 11 from 3-6 p.m. in the large meeting room on the main floor. Service Providers from the Latin American Youth Center will be on hand to talk about condoms, HIV, STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections), testing resources in the D.C. area, and answer any questions you might have. Free and confidential testing will be available.

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¡Pedro Extravaganza!

We’re Crazy for Almodóvar Movies in June and July

This Pride season, we thought we would pay tribute to an award-winning director we can always count on to be inclusive, over the top, thought-provoking – and fun! Join us in the large meeting room on the main floor every Saturday at 2 p.m. for another amazing Almodóvar film. Saturday, June 6 - Volver (2006)

How Children Succeed

Book Club in May

'How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character'

Paul Tough’s interesting investigation into why some children succeed in life while others struggle goes beyond high marks and academics. Exploring other factors in children’s lives, such as childhood stresses and adversities, and character, Paul Tough discusses innovative studies that link the relationship between these factors and the development of children’s brains.

Photo of All Traditional Ju-Jitsu Society, including instructor Guy Haymon

Self Defense for Women

Simple and effective techniques to defend yourself

Ju-Jitsu is a method of defense without weapons where the strength and weight of the adversary is used to disable them. Originally invented in Japan in the 1500s, this martial art has become popular worldwide. Certified Renshi (Instructor) Guy Haymon will walk you through simple, effective techniques to defend yourself against any unwanted attacks or approaches. Please wear comfortable clothing for some light exercises.