David R. Parks Lending Library experiences continuous growth thanks to community donations
When The Center moved into its previous home in Commercial Center, a small room was dedicated to establishing an LGBTQ-focused library in Las Vegas, named in honor of openly gay State Senator David R. Parks. The shelves were soon stocked full of books generously donated from our community. After The Center moved downtown in 2013 and became more visible, the number of books donated each month steadily increased. Located in The Center’s spacious MGM Resorts International Great Room, the library shelves are now full of nearly 5,000 paperbacks and hardbacks as well as hundreds of DVDs. The David R. Parks Lending Library is a little-known treasure that covers every corner of our LGBTQ community.
“Our library is a lot more inclusive than people may think. We have new categories such as bisexual fiction, polyamorous fiction and fetish fiction,” says Julian Concepcion, the Center staffer who manages the library. “And we are currently improving our transgender section, both nonfiction and fiction.”
The works of many local authors may be found in the library, including Taking the Scenic Route to Manhood by Jeremy Wallace, The Queerling by Austin Gary and If I Told You So by Anthony Woodward.
When asked what his favorite book from the library is, Concepcion named Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out.
Borrowing a book or DVD from the David R. Parks Lending Library is free of charge for Nevada residents and may be done at the information and referral desk during regular Center business hours. A guest may borrow up to four books and two DVDs for a two-week period, with renewals available.
To keep informed about new additions to the library, special news from the book world and announcements of author signings and readings, follow the David R. Parks Lending Library at www.facebook.com/lgbtqlibraryofSN. To view the current card catalog, visit www.thecenterlv.org/programs-services/library.
See the wish list on the Facebook page for book donations specifically requested for the library. Contact Concepcion at 702-802-5413 with any questions before donating.
The David R. Parks Lending Library is located in the lobby of The Center and features more than 4,000 books and DVDs of interest to the LGBTQ community.