By Hal, Rainbow Services Librarian
What does it mean to “Find Your Voice“? When I think about our theme for summer reading this year, I imagine a celebration of self-expression. We can use our voices to make music, to stand up for what we believe in, and to share who we are.
Pride Month is a time when we honor and celebrate the voices of LGBTQIA+ people. You can learn more about Pride Month and LGBTQIA+ icons who have shared their voices today and throughout history by checking out these recommendations.
In our Find Your Voice summer reading challenge, not only can you earn beads by logging your reading minutes, but you also can get exclusive beads by completing activity badges.
Check out upcoming programs that celebrate Pride & count toward activities for your summer reading badges
Monday, July 10, 3:30-4:30 pm, Main Library Storytime Room. At this twist on Drag Storytime, you’ll be the one sharing stories! You’ll sign up for a 10-minute time slot to read aloud your favorite stories with one of our amazing Drag Performer guests. When you attend this program, you can mark off the “Read aloud to someone older than you, someone younger than you, or a pet” activity in the Stories badge. Register now »
Tuesday, July 11, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Main Library Storytime Room. Join us for stories and games all about self-expression through pronouns. When you attend this program you can mark off Reading Without Walls Challenge 1 or 2 in the Stories Badge, and the “supporting well-being includes learning how to express ourselves and to respect everyone around us” activity in the Body & Mind Badge. Register now »
Tuesday, July 18, 3:30-4:30 pm, Main Library Storytime Room. At this pronoun party for elementary school students, we will learn about pronouns by making our own story cubes. Learning how to use new pronouns takes practice, so we’ll turn our practice into a creative game of storytelling. You’ll decorate your own cubes and take them home with you. These story cubes are based on the ones in our Discovery Kit. When you attend this program, you can mark off the “supporting well-being includes learning how to express ourselves and to respect everyone around us” activity in the Body & Mind Badge. Register now »
Hal is a children’s librarian who specializes in serving LGBTQ+ young people and their allies. He is passionate about identity exploration through collaborative storytelling and imaginative play.