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The Bellevue/William O. Lockridge Library is closed temporarily for major repairs to the HVAC system. Work has begun and additional parts have been ordered to complete the repairs. The library will reopen once the repairs are complete. The book drop will be locked. Due dates and hold expiration dates will be extended. 

Arthur Capper TechExpress is closed for critical repairs to the HVAC system. The Department of General Services has completed their assessment, identified the issue and ordered the necessary parts. Once the parts arrive, they will require two days to complete the repairs. The earliest that TechExpress will open is Monday, July 1. The Book Return will remain locked. Available holds have been transferred to the Northeast Library. Expiration dates have been extended.

Celebrate Pride at DC Public Library with a stack of books that spell out Pride 2024: Totally Radical

This Pride season, we lift up our LGBTQIA+ community as we celebrate Capital Pride with the theme Totally Radical. This year's theme honors the queer activists and allies who have fought for and continue to advocate for equal rights, meaningful representation and the simple freedom to express oneself.

This freedom is currently under attack as the American Library Association has yet again reported the highest number of attempted book bans since they began compiling data about censorship in libraries. 2023 saw a 65% increase in challenges over the previous year. The vast majority of these challenges are around titles that were written by or about members of the LGBTQIA+ community and people of color. Now, more than ever, it is important for us to get totally radical to champion our own freedom to read.

At DC Public Library, we are gathering in community all month long to celebrate queer stories and experiences. Check out great books that delight in camp, make you fall in love and invite you into the lives of queer revolutionaries. Join us for engaging events featuring authors, performers and activists. Dive into queer history right here in the District with the People's Archive and so much more.

Upcoming Events

Trans Pride Washington DC

Trans Pride Washington D.C.

Saturday, May 18, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Mark your calendars and enjoy a day of celebration, empowerment and unity. Trans Pride Washington D.C. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is an atmosphere of love and acceptance that extends far beyond the event itself. This event is free for trans, non-binary, gender expansive folx and our allies!

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Queer Book Club: 10-Year Anniversary Party

Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Queer Book Club is a small but enthusiastic community that meets monthly to discuss queer-themed books spanning numerous genres. Join us to celebrate 10 years of queer reads! We're throwing a party on the beautiful MLK rooftop where we will browse the more than 100+ books we've read over the years, discuss your favorite queer books, play book-themed games and build community with fellow queer book enthusiasts.

The Prophets, Robert Jones, Jr.

Pride Book Club

Wednesday, May 29, 6 p.m. | Southwest Library

We will be discussing The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.. Read as much of the book as you can, but finishing it is not required. All are welcome, allies and queers alike! The Prophets fearlessly reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love.

Sandor Katz and the Tiny Wild

Sandor Katz and the Tiny Wild

Sunday, June 9, 2 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

A special Beyond the Book Family Story Time and activity, celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month with the story of Sandor Katz and his love of fermented foods. Enjoy a complimentary copy of "Sandor Katz and the Tiny Wild" and at home activities within, care of the DC Public Library Foundation and Beyond the Book. Complimentary books provided while supplies last.

Giovanni's Room, James Baldwin

Giovanni's Room

Tuesday, June 18, 6 p.m. | Bellevue/William O. Lockridge Library

Explore themes of home, love and identity as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of James Baldwin's birth, Juneteenth and Pride Month by reading and discussing Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin.

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LGBTQIA+ Health Fair

Saturday, June 22, 3:30 p.m. | Mt. Pleasant Library

Join Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SYMAL), Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and other local organizations and healthcare providers that support and empower the LGBTQIA+ community. Participants will be connected with physical and behavioral health services including counseling, testing and screenings, and referrals. 

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Mt. Pleasant Reads | Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Wednesday, June 26, 7 p.m. | Mt. Pleasant Library

This month we'll be discussing Andrea Lawlor's stunning debut, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl. Set in 1993, meet Paul Polydoris—a bartender, college student, and shape-shifter—who is able to alter their appearance and gender. Traveling in Iowa City, Provincetown, and San Francisco, Paul transcends bodies and geographies searching for connection. What will they find?

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Pride Month Online Resources

Stream Library Events

Stream DC Public Library events featuring LGBTQIA+ authors, performers and creators having compelling discussions about their work, their identities and their communities on demand on the library's Youtube Channel.

Dance to Pride Playlists

Lip sync for your LIFE with pride playlists curated by DC Public Library and the Mayor's Office on LGBTQ Affairs as well as albums from some of your favorite queer musicians, including Betty Who, Lil Nas X, Sam Smith and more! Just log in with your library card to start streaming.

Browse Digital Queer Magazines

With OverDrive and Libby you can browse the latest issue of your favorite queer magazines on the go! They have popular publications, including "Out", "The Advocate", "Gay Times" and "Attitude Magazine."

Host Rainbow Movie Night

Stream queer films, tv shows and documentaries with Kanopy's Pride Collection! Watch modern classics like Tangerine, get nostalgic with the iconic film "But I'm a Cheerleader" or dive into LGBTQIA+ history with "Before Stonewall."

Research Sexuality and Gender

Explore LGBTQ history like never before. The Archives of Sexuality and Gender offers an expansive, detailed, global view on LGBTQ history—much of which was previously unavailable to the public.

Orient Yourself Around Orientation

Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions by experts in their field on a diverse range of subjects around identity, gender and sexuality as well as a number of other topics.

Fiction Books for Adults

Nonfiction Books for Kids

ABC Pride

ABC Pride

Dr Elly Barnes MBE and Louie Stowell

Gender Heroes

Gender Heroes

Filipa Namorado

Rebel Girls Celebrate Pride

Rebel Girls Celebrate Pride

Alexis Stratton, Jestine Ware, Shadae Mallory

Desert Queen

Desert Queen

Jyoti Rajan Gopal & Svabhu Kohli

Pride Month Partner Reads

Pride 2024 Reads with the Washington Mystics

This summer, DC Public Library is teaming up with the Washington Mystics to recommend great reads that you can check out with your library card! Each month we will be posting Read Feed entries that spotlight titles around a theme. June’s theme is Pride. In honor of Pride month, we have selected some amazing autobiographies and biographies for both adults and young adults that explore the lives and careers of LGBTQIA+ athletes. Check out the library’s Pride Month page to find more great reads for all ages and the Mystic's Pride page to learn more about how they are celebrating this month. Happy Reading!

Staff Picks
Washington Mystics

Wizards Book of the Month

DC Public Library has teamed up with the Washington Wizards to provide a recommended Book of the Month that the library and Wizards community can read together.

Wizards book of the month logo with illustration of two smiling kids in Washington Wizards basketball uniforms reading books.