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May 27, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Silvana Quiroz
(301) 699-3500 x6158
Silvana.Quiroz@pgcmls.info

Library Leads Countywide LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration

Largo, MD.-  The Library’s commitment to the local LGBTQ+ community is in focus for LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2022, which features 24+ events ranging from storytimes to educational and social events for adults. Author Vishwas Pethe kicks-off the celebration with a visit to the Greenbelt Branch Library to discuss his book "Gay Crow: A Memoir" (May 31, 6:30 pm). Beginning in June and running through June 29, the Bowie Library will host the “Black and Proud +” art exhibit (June 1-29), which features art by DMV-area Black and LGBTQ+ artists. PGCMLS is proud to include the whole family in its LGBTQ+ Pride  events, with the inaugural "Rainbow Festival" at the New Carrollton Branch Library (June 4, 11 am-2 pm) featuring fun activities for all ages. Renowned drag performer Emerald Star launches PGCMLS’ inaugural Book Crawl series for adults with Drag Bingo at Denizen’s Brewing Company in Riverdale Park (June 29, 7 pm).

“The Library has an important responsibility to ensure that LGBTQ+ Prince Georgians have a welcoming environment to access resources, services, and collection materials that will help them thrive,” said Nicholas A. Brown, Chief Operating Officer for Communication and Outreach. “We appreciate the work of the Library’s award-winning LGBTQ+ Team, our branch staff, and partner organizations who have curated this year’s lineup of special events for pride month.” All Library events are free, but some require or recommend registration. Visit pgcmls.info/pride for a complete list of LGBTQ+ Pride events. Below is a list of featured events:

Event Date  Location
Black and Proud+ Exhibit - All ages June 1-June 29 Bowie Branch Library
Rainbow Festival - All ages Saturday, June 4 at 11 am-2 pm New Carrollton Branch Library
Butterfly Project Luncheon - Adults Thursday, June 9 at 12:30 pm Fairmount Heights Branch Library
Story Explorers: Black is a Rainbow Color - Ages 5-12 Thursday, June 16 at 4 pm Oxon Hill Branch Library
Manga and Anime Club - Teens Tuesday, June 21at 4:30 pm Virtual Event 

STEM-tastic: 
Rainbow Science - Ages 5-12

Tuesday, June 21 at 6 pm 
Monday, June 27 at 4:30 pm
Greenbelt Branch Library
The SPACE Pop-up Library
Drag Bingo-Book Crawl - Adults Wednesday, June 29 at 7 pm Denizens Brewing Company (Riverdale, MD)


In addition to these events, the Library invites the community to celebrate Pride month at Annapolis Pride and Capital Pride. PGCMLS staff will be proudly representing Prince George’s County with the Library’s “Curiosity Cube” outreach vehicle in the Annapolis Pride Parade and Festival on June 4 and Capital Pride Parade on June 11. During the month of June PGCMLS has prepared  Pride, Rainbow, and Love Family Ready 2 Read Storytime for children ages 3-5 years old. 

Prince Georgians can learn about the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community with a range of Library resources, including books, streaming movies and documentaries, research databases, and more. Visit pgcmls.info/pride to access curated content.

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About the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. The Library serves the 967,000+ residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland through 19 branch libraries, a 24/7 online library, and pop-up services throughout the community. PGCMLS is a responsive and trusted community-driven organization. Programs, services, and outreach activities serve book lovers, immigrants and refugees, job seekers, children, young professionals, seniors, and families alike. PGCMLS is the recipient of the 2021 Urban Libraries Council Top Innovator Award for Workforce and Economic Development. Learn more at pgcmls.info/about-us.