Skip to main content

Service Alert

DC Public Library is open online only on Friday, Apr. 12 so that DC Public Library Staff may participate in our annual Staff Professional Development Day. As a reminder, the DC Public Library is open 24/7, 365 days a year online! You can sign up for a Library Card, watch virtual programs, check out books and magazines, stream movies and music, work on your resume, get homework help and so much more.

Learn More About Library Hours

New Partnership to Amplify Latine Voices in Literature

In a landmark partnership, the DC Public Library is teaming up with advocate Lupita Reads to create La Comunidad Reads, a groundbreaking initiative set to showcase and amplify Latine voices in literature, highlighting the richness and diversity of their works.

Lupita Reads is a platform known for promoting books authored by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and the Queer community. Founded by Lupita Aquino, her popular Instagram account – @Lupita.Reads, has created a space for readers to connect through literature by highlighting the importance of reading and discussing books by authors of different backgrounds, ethnicities and identities.

"Latine literature is not just an array of texts; it's a kaleidoscope of unique experiences, deep-rooted wisdom, and breathtaking beauty," said Aquino. "Every page of Latine literature pulses with life, brims with human insight, and unveils a layer of our collective beauty. Through our partnership with the DC Public Library, we're passing these stories to more people, kindling a newfound appreciation for Latine heritage."

"La Comunidad Reads will give Latine authors the spotlight they deserve and showcase authentic portrayals of the Latine experiences," stated Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of the DC Public Library. "Our goal is to turn every page into a dialogue and every word into an opportunity for connection. Alongside Lupita Reads, we invite everyone to join this conversation and discover how every voice adds a unique note to the vibrant chorus of Latine literature."

The inaugural event on Aug. 5 will feature author Alejandra Oliva discussing her memoir "Rivermouth: A Chronicle of Language, Faith, and Migration." She will be in conversation with Aquino about the U.S. immigration system and the importance of translation.

A celebrated voice in literature, Oliva brings a wealth of experiences and accolades to her work, blending her roles as an essayist, translator, and immigrant justice advocate to create narratives that inspire empathy, understanding, and action. Her book, Rivermouth, paints a vivid portrait of life on the U.S.-Mexico border, offering readers a unique perspective on immigration and the quest for a better life. Through her work, Oliva emphasizes the resilience, courage, and strength of those who dare to dream.

La Comunidad Reads is made possible by the support of the DC Public Library Foundation. To learn more about the partnership and upcoming programs, click here