Celebrate Pride with the Library!

Submitted by edawson on June 1, 2021 - 10:21am

Join us in celebrating Pride Month this June, which serves as a time to promote the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of the LGBTQ+ community.

The first Pride Month was held in New York City on June 28th, 1970 and was coordinated in part by Brenda Howard, a bisexual activist. This event celebrated the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, one of the most important events that lead to the gay liberation movement and increased fights for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States. Other important events that led up to this moment included the Cooper Do-nuts Riot of 1959, the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot of 1966, and many other oft-forgotten attempts by the LGBTQ+ community to fight for their basic human rights.

With the increase of anti-trans legislation across the country this year, it is more important than ever that libraries make the effort to show the LGBTQ+ community that our space is one where they will always be welcomed and celebrated, not just during Pride Month but every day.


Virtual Events

Virtual Pride Club

Virtual Pride Club for Teens (ages 13-18)

Every Tuesday at 4pm

To register for this weekly program, follow the links below:


Social Justice Club

Social Justice Club for Teens (ages 13-18)

Every Thursday at 4pm

The theme for June is Transgender Rights. To register for this weekly club, follow the links below:


LGBTQI+

Tuesday, June 22 at 5:30pm

Sonoma County LGBTQI+ History Timeline

Register here to receive your Zoom link!

How can our history inform our future? LGBTQI+ people have always lived in Sonoma County and have had a significant role in queer culture and politics regionally, statewide and even nationally. Explore the community building, cultural and social change forged by local LGBTQI+ people during the years 1947 – 2000, and join us for a lively discussion about community and other topics important to North Bay LGBTQI+ life.

Presented by Tina Dungan and Shad Reinstein, LGBTQI+ Historians who together created the Sonoma County LGBTQI+ Timeline.


El Canto

Film Discussion: El Canto del Colibri: Latino Immigrant Men and Their LGBTQ Family Members

Thursday, June 24 at 6:00pm -

Register here to receive your Zoom link!

View the film ahead on Kanopy with your library card and then join the discussion via Zoom! Spanish interpretation will be available.

"El Canto del Colibri," is a story of Latino fathers dealing with issues of immigration, faith, marriage equality, machismo, culture, and the process of their LGBTQ children coming out. Responding to requests from "Tres Gotas de Agua" audiences around the world, the filmmakers are taking this journey by inviting Latino men to speak frankly about delicate and deeply personal topics. This film will address political issues about LGBTQ families, social oppression, shared responsibility and acceptance of LGBTQ people as members of Latino families.


Special storytimes celebrate Pride, love, inclusion, and acceptance of ourselves and of others.

  • June 16 through June 22 - Dial-a-Story/Telecuento: Sirenas
    Call 707-755-2050 to hear this favorite Spanish story about Julian, who dreams of being a mermaid.
  • June 19th - Bilingual Storytime: Be Who You Are
    Stories, songs, and games in Spanish and English about loving yourself and others. Appearing on the SonomaLibrary YouTube channel.

Summer Take & Make Craft Kits

Available at all 14 library branch locations! Kits are available on a first come, first served basis. While supplies last. For ages 5 & up w/ adult supervision. Call the library to request Curbside Service and a Take & Make Kit!

Look for these special rainbow themed crafts:

  • June 7: Summer Journals & Rainbow Pencils
  • June 21: Rainbow Heart Sign

Scavenger Hunt

Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt

Register for the Sonoma County Library's family friendly virtual community scavenger hunt (June 1- August 14) and look for several Pride themed activities along the way!


Gabby Rivera

Juliet Takes a Breath!

Pride doesn’t stop when June ends! Join us July 10 at 2:00pm for an author event with Gabby Rivera, author of Juliet Takes a Breath!


Books, Collections, and Resources

Staff created book recommendation lists:

Adult Book List

Click here to download the list as a PDF

With Teeth

With Teeth

by Kristen Arnett
(she/her)
ARNETT

Fiebre Tropical

Fiebre Tropical

by Juliana Delgado Lopera
(she/her)
DELGADO LOPERA

Patsy

Patsy

by Nicole Dennis-Benn
(she/her)
DENNIS-BENN

The Death of Vivek Oji

The Death of Vivek Oji

by Akwaeke Emezi
(they/them)
EMEZI

The Mercies

The Mercies

by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
(she/her)
HARGRAVE

One Last Stop

One Last Stop

by Casey McQuiston
(any pronouns)
MCQUISTON

Honey Girl

Honey Girl

by Morgan Rogers
(she/her)
ROGERS

On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous

by Ocean Vuong
(he/him)
VUONG

Memorial

Memorial

by Bryan Washington
(he/him)
WASHINGTON

Sorrowland

Sorrowland

by Rivers Solomon
(they/them)
SF SOLOMON

Ace

Ace

by Angela Chen
(she/her)
306.76 CHEN

In the Dream House

In the Dream House
A Memoir

by Carmen Maria Machado
(she/her)
B MACHADO


Teen Book List

Click here to download the list as a PDF

Clap When You Land

Clap When You Land

by Elizabeth Acevedo
(she/her)
Y ACEVEDO

The Black Flamingo

The Black Flamingo

by Dean Atta
(he/him)
Y ATTA

Felix Ever After

Felix Ever After

by Kacen Callender
(they/them)
Y CALLENDER

The Sound of Stars

The Sound of Stars

by Alechia Dow
(she/her)
Y DOW

Pet

Pet

by Akwaeke Emezi
(they/them)
Y EMEZI

You Should See Me in a Crown

You Should See Me in a Crown

by Leah Johnson
(she/her)
Y JOHNSON

Elatsoe

Elatsoe

by Darcie Little Badger
(she/her)
Y LITTLE BADGER

Dark and Deepest Red

Dark and Deepest Red

by Anna-Marie McLemore
(they/them)
Y MCLEMORE

Cemetery Boys

Cemetery Boys

by Aiden Thomas
(he/him/they/them)
Y THOMAS

The Summer of Everything

The Summer of Everything

by Julian Winters
(he/him)
Y WINTERS

Mooncakes

Mooncakes

by Suzanne Walker (she/her) & Wendy Xu (she/her)
YG WALKER

All Boys Aren't Blue

All Boys Aren't Blue

by George M. Johnson
(they/them)
Y 306.7662JOHNSON


Children's Book List

Picture Books

Click here to download the list as a PDF

Uncle Bobby's Wedding

Uncle Bobby's Wedding

by Sarah S Brannen
(she/her)
E BRANNEN

Annie's Plaid Shirt

Annie's Plaid Shirt

by Stacey B. Davids
(she/her)
E DAVIDS

Jacob's School Play

Jacob's School Play

by Ian & Sarah Hoffman
(he/him & she/her)
E HOFFMAN

Papa, Daddy, & Riley

Papa, Daddy, & Riley

by Seamus Kirst
(he/him)
E KIRST

The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish

The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish

by Lil Miss Hot Mess
(she/her)
E LIL MISS HOT MESS

C is for Country

C is for Country

by Lil Nas X
(he/him/they/them)
E LIL NAS X

Julián at the Wedding

Julián at the Wedding

by Jessica Love
(she/her)
E LOVE

When Aidan Became a Brother

When Aidan Became a Brother

by Kyle Lukoff
(he/him)
E LUKOFF

Plenty of Hugs

Plenty of Hugs

by Fran Manushkin
(she/her)
E MANUSHKIN

My Rainbow

My Rainbow

by Deshanna Neal
(she/her)
E NEAL

This Day in June

This Day in June

by Gayle E. Pitman
(she/her)
E PITMAN

Sam is My Sister

Sam is My Sister

by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
(she/her)
E RHODES-COURTER

School Age Books

Click here to download the list as a PDF

King and the Dragon Flies

King and the Dragon Flies

by Kacen Callender
(they/them)
J CALLENDER

Genius Jolene

Genius Jolene

by Sara Cassidy
(she/her)
HOOPLA E BOOK

Sal & Gabi Fix the Universe

Sal & Gabi Fix the Universe

by Carlos Hernandez
(he/him)
J HERNANDEZ

Goldie Vance

Goldie Vance

by Lilliam Rivera
(she/her)
J M RIVERA

The Derby Daredevils

The Derby Daredevils

by Kit Rosewater
(she/her)
J ROSEWATER

Ana on the Edge

Ana on the Edge

by A.J. Sass
(he/they)
J SASS

Beetle & the Hollowbones

Beetle & the Hollowbones

by Aliza Layne
(she/her)
JG LAYNE

Snapdragon

Snapdragon

by Kat Leyh
(she/her)
JG LEYH

The Witch Boy

The Witch Boy

by Molly Ostertag
(she/her)
JG OSTERTAG

The Deep & Dark Blue

The Deep & Dark Blue

by Niki Smith
(she/her)
JG SMITH

A Queer History of the United States

A Queer History of the United States

by Michael Bronski
(he/him)
J 306.76 CHEVAT

What Was Stonewall?

What Was Stonewall?

by Nico Medina
(he/him)
J 306.76 MEDINA


Community Partners

Visit the websites of our fantastic community partners for more events and resources for June and beyond!

 

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