I come back to the Tour de DCPL every year because I think libraries are important to highlight, and because the route always changes. Really, you should do this ride. You get to explore different parts of DC and you get to visit libraries. What’s not to like?
This year, we started at the Southwest Library, one of my favorite places. We then crossed the 11th St. Bridge and climbed up MLK Ave. We stopped to catch our breath outside St. Elizabeths west side, now taken over by the Department of Homeland Security.
Some more hill climbing, and then we arrived at the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, one of two libraries on this tour that were designed by David Adjaye. The next set of hills led us to the Parklands-Turner Library, located in a strip mall near the Congress Heights Metro station.
Probably the most stunning building on the tour was the Francis A. Gregory Library, also designed by Adjaye. I remember passing by this Alabama Ave. library on one of the 50 States rides, and wanting to go inside. I’m glad I was able to do that on this ride. I marveled at the geometric patterns throughout the building.
We crossed over the John Philip Sousa bridge and ended at the Southeast Library, where we were treated to ice pops and a Capitol Fringe performance by Nate Scheible.
We were fortunate to have a police escort for the entire tour, which helped considerably in dealing with the traffic on some of the busier streets. As always, many thanks to the DC Public Library staff who make this tour possible.