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Image of William O. LockridgeEvery Hero Has a StoryDCPL Summer Reading

Neighborhood Heroes: William O. Lockridge

Join us for a panel discussion celebrating the life, work, and legacy of committed D.C. community and education activist William O. Lockridge. Working persistently to improve life for District residents, Mr. Lockridge served in multiple leadership roles, including as vice president of the D.C. Board of Education, and his reach will be reflected in the panel, which will gather individuals who worked alongside him and those close to him personally.
DASW

Digital Audio Storytelling Workshop

Learn the basics of audio storytelling! The workshop will consist of two one-hour classes meeting once a week for two consecutive weeks in the Digital Commons.  Each student must sign up for the program ahead of time and agree to come to each class, as the information will be cumulative. Students are strongly encouraged to attended Interviewing 101 -- Wednesday, June 3 -- prior to attending the first session. By the end of the course, each student will produce a short piece to share with the DC Public Library community.
Harry Potter Birthday Hat

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

Birthdays have a special significance in the world J.K. Rowling has created. Hagrid doesn't reveal that Harry is a wizard on just any day of the year, and every witch and wizard looks forward coming of age on their 17th birthday if for no other reason than that they are finally allowed to do magic outside school. Join us for a conversation about the significance of birthdays, especially Harry's, in the wizarding world. Birthday cake and butterbeer will be served!
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Rise of An 'Empire': The Black Gay Man on Screen

The characterization of the African American male homosexual on screen has come a long way since the early days of film. How has the gay black man been portrayed on film? What impact have these early roles had on future depictions of race and sexuality?   Join Kevin Beard in conversation for an in-depth  analysis, from the early days of film to Empire.
Reb Livingston - PoetJudith McCombs - PoetDon Illich - Poet

Avante-Garde vs. Traditional Poetry

Avant-garde meets traditional in the unique double-sided poetry reading! Local poet Reb Livingston reads from her latest work, Bombyonder. She will be joined by Donald Illich and Judith McCombs of the Federal Poets. The event also features a participatory writing exercise for interested attendees.  
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Rainbow History Project: Collecting and Preserving DC's LGBT History

The Rainbow History Project is the archive for preserving the city’s LGBT history and memory. Join member and advocate Vincent Slatt as he presents on the Rainbow History Project’s digital and physical collections, including its oral history project, recent acquisitions, and collecting efforts.
June Is Black Music Month

June is Black Music Month

Every Monday in the Lower Level Large Meeting room in June, we will celebrate the legends in Black Music: Gospel, Jazz, Go-Go, R&B and Reggae. Join our listening party and browse our book fair. Learn how to download and stream your favorite music from dclibrary.freegalmusic.com for free.
zumba

Zumba Class

Ditch the workout and join the party!  Zumba combines Latin and international music with a fun and effective workout system. This class will be led by Library Associate and licensed Zumba instructor Christine. No experience is necessary, but all participants must sign a waiver. Come comfortably dressed for moving. 
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Improv for All

This fun and free workshop lead by the Washington Improv Theater allows participants to deconstruct barriers that negatively impact communication. Open to all, yet best suited to those age 12 and older. 
Kevin BeardDCPL Pride logo

Rise of An 'Empire': The Black Gay Man on Screen

The characterization of the African American male homosexual on screen has come a long way since the early days of film. How has the gay black man been portrayed on film? What impact have these early roles had on future depictions of race and sexuality?   Join Kevin Beard in conversation for an in-depth  analysis, from the early days of film to Empire.

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