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Madison Public Library Celebrates LGBT Pride Month

In recognition of LGBT Pride Month in June, Madison Public Library will celebrate with thoughtful discussion, inclusive events, and expanded sessions of last year’s popular Drag Queen Storytime.

Madison Public Library provides free and equitable access to cultural and educational experiences. The library celebrates ideas, promotes creativity, connects people, and enriches lives, with an emphasis on promoting literacy and equity in library collections, services, and programs.

Events in celebration of LGBT Pride month include:

First Friday Flicks: Call Me By Your Name Film Showing
June 1, 6:30pm – Pinney Library, 204 Cottage Grove Rd.
"In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father's research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape." (132mins|USA; excerpted from  Seating is first come, first served with space for 50 attendees. Light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Pinney Library.

Libraries Are for Everyone Drop In Screenprinting
June 2, 10 am – Monroe Street Library, 1705 Monroe St.
Stop by for this drop-in workshop and create your own screenprint of an inclusive Libraries Are for Everyone image, with text available in English, Spanish, or Arabic. Bring your own t-shirt/tote/material to print on, or create a print on paper. All ages welcome, kids under 7 will need help from a grownup.

Show Your PRIDE! Music & Crafts for Everyone
June 9, 10:30am – Hawthorne Library, 2707 E. Washington Ave.
June 9, 1pm – Lakeview Library, 2845 N. Sherman Ave.
Performances by Common Chords, the LGBT a capella outreach ensemble of Perfect Harmony Men’s Chorus. Stay after to meet the singers and create crafts to celebrate Pride Month.

Drag Queen Storytime
Bring your fabulous self and celebrate diversity, differences, and imagination through fun, age-appropriate stories, songs, and activities with local drag performers. Crafts and facepainting at 10 am, storytime at 10:30. This program is intended for families with children of all ages, and grownups must be accompanied by a child. Space is limited, doors open at 10.
June 9, 10am – Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd.
June 16, 10am – Pinney Library, 204 Cottage Grove Rd.
June 23, 10am – Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.

Take a Stand Performance by Perfect Harmony Men’s Chorus
June 16, 10:30am Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd.
Perfect Harmony Men's Chorus wraps up its twenty-first season as Madison's gay/bi/trans/ally Men's chorus with a free community performance of music selections from its hit spring concert, "Take a Stand." Their mission is to create, enrich, and transform community through music.

Book Discussion of I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
June 26, 7pm – Pinney Library, 204 Cottage Grove Rd.
The Pinney Book Group hosts a discussion of I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. New attendees always welcome. Synopsis: Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else; an even more unpredictable new force in her life (excerpted from publisher).

The Salad Days Book Club Reads We Are Okay by Nina Lacour
June 28, 6:30pm – at Daisy Café and Cupcakery, 2827 Atwood Ave.
Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart. (Excerpted from the publisher.)

LIONHEART Photo Exhibit
June 1-30 during open hours – Pinney Library, 204 Cottage Grove Rd.
Local artist Charles Wetzel displays his five-photo portrait series of LGBTQ+ leaders from around the state.

​Discover other resources at, or read library book recommendations in Our Lives Magazine. Some Madison libraries will also celebrate with in-house library material displays during part or all of the month of June.

Madison Public Library’s Pride Month celebration is partially funded by a grant from Beyond the Page

Book Recommendations for Families

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Worm Loves Worm by J. J. Austrian

When a worm meets a special worm and they fall in love, you know what happens next: They get married! But their friends want to know--who will wear the dress? And who will wear the tux? The answer is: It doesn't matter. Because worm loves worm.

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King & King & Family by Linda de Haan

Join newlyweds King Lee and King Bertie on their journey into the noisy jungle. As they float down a river, wild animal families turn out to greet them but the royal travellers suspect something more significant awaits them in the trees. The illustrious pair soon discover that there's no adventure more wonderful than starting a family.

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Daddy, Papa, and Me by Lesléa Newman

One of the only original board books about gay parents! A perfect purchase for new parents, baby showers, and more! Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its daddies. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, there's no limit to what a loving family can do together. Share the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children.

cover art Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino

Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. But most of all, Morris loves wearing the tangerine dress in his classroom's dress-up center. The children in Morris's class don't understand. Dresses, they say, are for girls. And Morris certainly isn't welcome in the spaceship some of his classmates are building. Astronauts, they say, don't wear dresses. One day when Morris feels all alone and sick from their taunts, his mother lets him stay home from school. Morris dreams of a fantastic space adventure with his cat, Moo. Inspired by his dream, Morris paints the incredible scene he saw and brings it with him to school. With warm, dreamy illustrations, Isabelle Malenfant perfectly captures Morris's vulnerability and the vibrancy of his imagination.

cover art I Am Jazz! by Jessica Herthel

From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born this way. Jazz's story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.

cover art Donovan's Big Day by Lesléa Newman

Donovan's two moms are getting married, and he can't wait for the celebration to begin. After all, as ring bearer, he has a very important job to do. Any boy or girl with same-sex parents--or who knows a same-sex couple--will appreciate this picture book about love, family, and marriage.nbsp; The story captures the joy and excitement of a wedding day while the illustrations show the happy occasion from a child's point of view.

cover art Molly's Family by Nancy Garden

What makes a family? The members of Ms. Marston's kindergarten class are cleaning and decorating their room for the upcoming Open School Night. Molly and Tommy work on drawing pictures to put on the walls. Molly draws her family: Mommy, Mama Lu, and her puppy, Sam. But when Tommy looks at her picture, he tells her it's not of a family. You can't have a mommy and a mama, he says. Molly doesn't know what to think. Molly's dilemma, sensitively explored in words and art, shows readers that even if a family is different from others, it can still be happy, loving, and real.

cover art The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman

This fun and fascinating treasury features all kinds of families and their lives together. Each spread showcases one aspect of home life-from houses and holidays, to schools and pets, to feelings and family trees. Ros Asquith's humorous illustrations perfectly complement a charming text from the acclaimed Mary Hoffman; kids will love poring over these pages again and again. A celebration of the diverse fabric of kith and kin the world over, The Great Big Book of Families is a great big treat for every family to share.