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Library celebrates Pride Week

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:17 PDT, Fri July 16, 2021

The Richmond Public Library is inviting community members to participate in Pride festivities during Pride Week, July 26 to 30.

“The library’s Pride Week programs help promote diversity within our community,” says Kate Adams, the library’s head of children and family services. “Pride programs and resources create visibility and support for LGBTQIA2S+ individuals and their families.”

On July 30 the library, the city and the Hamilton Community Centre are pleased to welcome back guest performer Bryan Bone, also known as Miss Gina Tonic, for Drag Queen Storytime. Bone is an art teacher at a Richmond high school. This inspiring, fun, virtual event is ideal for children ages three and up and their families to come together, enjoy and engage in conversations about celebrating what makes us unique. 

During Pride Week, the library’s Storytimes will feature inclusive stories that explore LGBTQIA2S+ themes. Join in on Facebook at 10 a.m. on July 26 and 28, and at Storytime in the Park on July 27. These Storytimes are for children of all ages to experience with their families. 

On July 27, the library will be screening three short National Film Board documentaries back-to-back from 1 to 4 p.m. Designed for teens, adults and seniors, the films include Beauty, I am Skylar and Last Chance. These documentaries explore gender-creativity among children, the journey of a transgender girl who is supported by her family and community as she moves through puberty, and the experiences of homosexual asylum seekers as they try to integrate into life in Canada. 

The library is offering these film screenings to inform and inspire meaningful and thoughtful discussion. These films will be screened online, not in-person. 

In addition to offering programming, library staff have created Pride Week book lists featuring stories for children, teens and adults about love, acceptance and understanding. 

You can find the lists here: 

– Pride-themed reads for young readers: https://yourlibrary.bibliocommons.com/list/share/381377667_kids_place/1931578709_pride_reads_for_young_readers 

– Pride-themed reads for teens: https://yourlibrary.bibliocommons.com/list/share/381377667_kids_place/1932774680_pride_reads_for_teens

– Pride-themed reads for adults: https://yourlibrary.bibliocommons.com/list/share/381377667_kids_place/1933168889_pride_reads_for_adults 

For more details about these events and to register, visit the library’s events calendar or call 604-231-6413. 

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