Celebrating Pride Month: Books, learning experiences & more

Your public library is here to connect you with books, learning experiences, events, and online resources that celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in June and all year long. On this page, you can:

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Join us for upcoming events

Pop-Up Programs for Teens

Main Library Teen Space. Stop by and check out what's happening in the Teen Space!

  • Friday, June 3: Pride Button Making.
  • Friday, June 17: Pride Sticker Making.

Teen Movie & Discussion: Pride Month Edition

Wednesday, June 8, 2-5 pm, Main Library Veterans Room. In Love, Simon, Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity. Register now »

VIRTUAL: Pride Trivia

Thursday, June 9, 7-8:15 pm, virtually through Oak Park Public Library. LGBTQ+ Elder and Queer Hero Paul Larrobino is hosting a virtual, interactive Pride-themed trivia event to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and our achievements! Throw on your most colorful outfit and show up loud and proud. We’re ready for a gathering filled with fun, acceptance, and multi-generational awareness. All are welcome! Register now »

Film Screening: Rocketman

Friday, June 10, 1-2:30 pm, Main Library Veterans Room. Join us to celebrate Pride Month with a screening of Rocketman, a biopic about the extraordinary life of Elton John. Register now »

Queerios Pride Month Hangout (Grades 6-8)

Tuesday, June 21, 3:30-5:30 pm, Main Library Storytime Room. Join us for a low-pressure hangout to celebrate Pride Month. We'll have games, crafts, LGBTQ+ reads, and other activities, so you can connect with other students, share the space, and relax at your own pace. Queerios is a group for middle school students that affirms and celebrates LGBTQ+ people. Allies are welcome. Register now »

Poet Maya Marshall

Friday, June 24, Main Library Veterans Room. Register now at oppl.org/calendar.

  • 4:30-5 pm: Writing Workshop: Women & Girls
    Take a writing workshop with poet Maya Marshall! This program is open to all who identify as women and girls.
  • 5-5:45 pm: Reading & Q&A
    Listen to poet Maya Marshall read from her new book, All the Blood Involved in Love, which investigates contemporary politics, Blackness, reproductive justice, and the stakes of race and interracial partnership, queerness, and love. A Q&A will follow. This program is open to all.

Candid Convos: An Open Discussion on Being an LGBTQ Teen

Wednesday, June 29, 2-4 pm, Main Library Small Meeting Room. LGBTQIA+ Pride Month is a time to celebrate, and also a time to reflect on the issues that many people still face. Come join this safe space to receive support and resources, talk about some of the obstacles LGBT teens face, and come up with solutions. Register now »

CANCELLED: From Protest to Progress: A Multi-Generational Look at LGBTQ+ Life in Our Village

Thursday, June 30, 6:30-7:30 pm, Main Library Veterans Room. Unfortunately due to panel and presenter issues, this event has been cancelled and cannot currently be rescheduled. We hope to present future programs of this style and subject, and hope you will be able to attend such future events.

Watch a Pride flag video for early learners

Grab your crayons, markers, or colored pencils, because it's time to create our own Pride flags! Did you know that the flag hasn't always looked the same? We'll draw an inclusive Philadelphia Pride flag today and talk about what each color means. Where will you display yours?

View a special display in the Idea Box

Through June 15, check out a special display in the Main Library Idea Box featuring Pride flags and book recommendations that celebrate LGBTQ+ history.

Do you know what all the colors in the Pride flag mean? Do you know which identities the flags in our display represent? Test your knowledge with our virtual trivia game; click the play button to get started!

Pride Month display in the Main Library Idea Box

Explore online resources

Get access to subscription-based resources that Google can’t offer, with your Oak Park card and PIN:

  • Gale in Context: Biography: Explore authoritative biographical entries covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study, including a collection of biographies on notable LGBTQ+ figures. To start your search, choose Browse People and then select LGBTQIA+ Figures from the dropdown.
  • Novelist Plus: Find book reviews, annotations, readalikes, discussion guides, and book lists for fiction and nonfiction readers. Use the advanced search option to find titles by LGBTQ+ authors by selecting LGBTQIA under Authors Cultural Identity.
  • Transgender Resource Collection: A unique collection to serve transgender people and everyone seeking information, including employers, medical providers, allies, friends, and family.

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