DCPL's Pride at DC Pride Festival

Mt. Pleasant Library

DCPL's Pride at DC Pride Festival

Staff assist patrons crowding around our booth at the 2012 DC Pride Festival
This past Sunday, June 10, many members of staff from various branches of the DC Public Library, including Mount Pleasant, came together to show their Pride at the DC Pride Festival downtown on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The DCPL booth at the 2012 DC Pride Festival, full of patrons and interested people!Our presence there was truly a labor of love (and fun!), an event that was two months in the making. Staff met a couple of times in person and communicated through phone calls and e-mails in order to be as well prepared as we could be.

Our first efforts of the day resulted in a pretty awesomely decorated booth, if we do say so ourselves!

We had a great time meeting and greeting anyone who came up to the booth. Using a custom-made portal on our iPads, we were able to register new patrons to the library and check-out items to patrons, new and old alike. We were happy to chat with everyone about all the services we have to offer, and explained how they can go online to request physical and digital media.

Members of staff came up with trivia questions which we put on slips of paper and distributed to everyone we met when we went out and mingled with the crowd up and down Pennsylvania Avenue. Members of the public who brought back the slip of paper got a prize, helping to spread the good word about our library throughout the DC metro area. Many more answered trivia at the booth. We also had members of staff who organize and put on the Creative Class at various branches come and put on a very successful print-screening program.

The Creative Class put on a screen printing program at the DCPL booth at the 2012 DC Pride Festival

We had people of all ages come up to us throughout the day, telling us how much they love their library and that they hope to see us back again at Pride next year—and we love you back! One couple who had just gotten married that morning had their photographer take a photo of them in front of our booth! Now THAT’s love!The newlyweds chose to pose for their second official photo at Pride with our booth!

We had SUCH a fun time attending and being part of such a wonderful event, we’re all still talking about it, posting about it, and already planning for next year!

We would like to give say a very special thank you to the various Friends groups who work hard to support our branches, without whom we could not have raised the funds for decorations, books we gave away as prizes, T-shirts for staff, printing of special flyers and handouts, and other much-needed supplies. We are especially indebted to the Friends of the Cleveland Park, Northeast Library, Southeast, Tenley-Friendship Heights Watha T. Daniel/Shaw libraries --- and of course, to the Friends of the Mount Pleasant Library, who went above and beyond in their kind generosity toward our efforts at Pride. Thank you so much!

And in case anyone is interested, the Friends of the Mount Pleasant Library are currently looking for a few enthusiastic, dedicated members of the public to join them.

If you’re interested, please contact our Friends’ current President, Richard Huffine, at 202-253-3511 or e-mail him at richardhuffine@yahoo.com. The successful applicant should be a member of the Mount Pleasant community, generous, fun, and of course, love their library!