June is Pride Month, and the Forest Park Public Library has plenty of opportunities to celebrate and commemorate with a list of resources, recommendations, events and activities geared around the LGBTQ+ community.
One resource the library points to is GLAAD, a national organization working to accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ+ people. According to GLAAD, most Pride events often commemorate the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City on June 28, 1969, which is the reason they’re often held in June. The Stonewall Rebellion, which shone a light on the struggle for equality, is oft thought of as the beginning of the LGBTQ+ movement.
The library recommends other information sources, such as the History of Pride presentation by the Library of Congress.
Events include an author conversation with Carol Anshaw who, according to Slate, “has written some of the best lesbian fiction of the last 25 years.”
Make & Take Kits for teens and adults provide materials to craft a pride-themed bracelet.
For children, Read Under the Rainbow Storytime on FPPL TV, will focus on “showcasing positive stories of kids celebrating their identities and expressing themselves.” The link to FPPL TV is https://tv.fppl.org/.
Lists of recommended books for both adults and children are posted to the library’s website and include “Honey Girl” by Morgan Rogers and “Memorial” by Bryan Washington for adults, “Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens” by Tanya Boteju for young adults, and “The Pants Project” by Cat Clarke and “Rick” by Alex Gino for younger readers.
More information on all Pride events at the library can be found at fppl.org.