June is Pride Month

Illustration of raised hands with rainbow bracelets holding Pride flags and a sign that says "Love is Love"..

In June we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning Pride! Many Pride events in the United States are held in June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion on June 28, 1969. Celebrations often include festivals, performances, rallies, parades, family events, film screenings, and other events. These events honor the history of the LGBTQ+ social movement and celebrate progress made by the community.

Supporting a diverse and inclusive community is at the heart of our mission to serve Monroe County. While we strive to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community all year long, June offers an opportunity to highlight the contributions of LGBTQ+ creators and to provide a safe and welcoming space.

 

Read the Rainbow

Talk and learn about social and emotional issues such as acceptance, being yourself, and loving who you are! We will explore these topics in an LGBTQ+ inclusive and fun environment by sharing stories that discuss gender identity and positive relationships, and by leading the group in songs, rhymes, and other fun activities surrounding Pride Month. Register here.

Join us on our teen Discord to talk about your favorite reads with LGBTQ+ characters! RPG lovers can drop in for two Rainbow D&D sessions on Discord, all skill levels are welcome. To participate in Discord events, sign up for a server invite link at mcpl.info/discord, if you haven't already, then drop in.

 

Get Crafty

Show your Pride or allyship with these Pride-themed crafts! Learn how to make a borax rainbow with children’s librarian Kim, or paint your own Pride flag alongside teen librarian Macklin as they share some fun facts about queer identities and histories.

During June, look out for Pride-themed Take and Make activity kits. We’ll have grab-and-go kits featuring rainbow friendship bracelets for teens and scrap rainbows for children! Kits are first come, first served and will be available at the Main Library, Ellettsville Branch Library, and on the Bookmobile. Learn more about our Take and Make activity kits and programs.

 

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Voices

As part of our annual summer reading game, we challenge readers of all ages to explore the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community with stories by and about LGBTQ+ people! Sign up, then log your reading and activities to earn badges and prizes. To get you started, you’ll find Pride displays stocked with staff picks throughout the Library. We also encourage you to check out the lists below for more great books and movies by LGBTQ+ creators!

Adults: Rainbow Reads for Adults

Adults: Pride Pictures

Teens: YA LGBTQ+

Kids: Celebrate LGBTQ+ Voices