Celebrate Pride with the Library!

Submitted by temerson on May 23, 2023 - 9:14am

Join us in celebrating Pride Month this June, which serves as a time to promote the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of the LGBTQIA+ community. Sonoma County Library is proud to be a 2023 honoree in this year’s Sonoma County Pride Parade! We welcome you to come see us in the parade on Saturday, June 3, and visit our booth at the festival.

While we celebrate, we recall that Pride began as a protest. As we continue to see increased anti-trans and anti-queer legislation passed across the country, it’s critical that the voices of the LGBTQIA+ community are heard and protected.

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Sonoma County Library is committed to freedom of information and providing access to library materials that reflect the diverse and vibrant lives of LGBTQIA+ people, such as local author Maia Kobabe’s (e/em/eir) graphic novel Gender Queer, the number one most banned book two years in a row. Amidst the drastic rise in book bans throughout the U.S., we remain steadfast in protecting the freedom to read. Our library branches are spaces where the queer community will always be welcomed and celebrated, not just during Pride Month, but every day.

Check out the following projects, events, book lists, and resources compiled by librarians at Sonoma County Library to help you celebrate Pride this year!

Here + Queer, Sonoma County

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Share your pride. Reclaim your history. Connect with your community.

Here + Queer, Sonoma County collects, archives, and amplifies the histories of Sonoma County’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities. Throughout history, LGBTQIA+ people have fought for equality, representation, and dignity in society.

Here + Queer strives to uncover the rich and dynamic stories of queer culture and activism, documenting the struggles and joys of queer life.

This project accepts digital content in the form of personal narratives, essays, anecdotes, photographs, creative works, audiovisual material, and more. The project actively seeks submissions from all ages and backgrounds, from all time periods in Sonoma County history. Anonymous submissions are supported, as well as submissions in English and Spanish.

Your stories will empower, enrich, and deepen our understanding of queer communities.

Upload & Share Your Experiences

Sonoma County Library Events

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Wrapped Rainbows Crafting (Teens & Adults)

Celebrate Pride and enjoy a meditative craft project, choosing from a rainbow of colors for your creation! Advanced registration is encouraged.

Cloverdale Regional Library
Tuesday, June 6, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Northwest Santa Rosa Library
Wednesday, June 21, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Central Santa Rosa Library
Friday, June 23, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Roseland Regional Library
Wednesday, June 28, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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Friday, June 9, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Create Teen! Pride Themed Craft

Roseland Regional Library

Come and craft at Roseland Regional Library every Friday from 4:30-5:30pm! Each week there will be a different craft for teens to do, so bring your creative minds. Snacks and all materials will be provided.

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Saturday, June 10, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Guerneville Library LGBTQIA+ Book Club

The Guerneville Regional Library invites you to its new book club for adults that centers on LGBTQ+ voices. Meetings occur on the second Saturday of the month from 11 am-12 pm. Print copies will be available in the branch a month before the discussion.

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Tuesday, June 13, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Takeout Book Club: Detransition, Baby

Join us on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM as we discuss a different contemporary novel or work of nonfiction.

This month we'll be discussing Torrey Peters' Detransition, Baby. "[A novel] about three women--transgender and cisgender--whose lives collide after an unexpected pregnancy forces them to confront their deepest desires around gender, motherhood, and sex..."-- Publisher's description. Print copies of Detransition, Baby will be available in the branch a month before the discussion.

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Drag Story Hour

Meet drag king Vera, who will read children’s books and engage in other fun learning activities.

Petaluma Regional Library
Saturday, June 17, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Rincon Valley Regional Library
Saturday, June 17, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Windsor Regional Library
Sunday, June 18, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Central Santa Rosa Library
Sunday, June 18, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Queer Book Club

Queer Book Club (adults) - Virtual

Wednesday, June 14, 6:00pm

The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

Join librarians virtually to discuss books centering on LGBTQ+ voices. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month (January-December) from 6-7 pm. For more information please visit: https://sonomalibrary.org/queerbookclub

Physical copies of the book are available (while supplies last).

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LGBTQIA+ Pride Family Storytime

Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library

Friday, June 23, 10:30am

Friday, June 23th will be a special "Pride Family Storytime," to celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month. Family storytime includes books, fingerplays, rhymes and songs. For families and caregivers with children, ages 0-6. After the storytime program, families are welcome to socialize, and "stay & play" in the forum room with the library collection of toys and puzzles. No registration is required.

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Pride Book Club for Teens (Grades 9-12)

Sebastopol Regional Library

Friday, June 23, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Meet with other teens to discuss books centering LGBTQIA+ voices! Free copies of the books will be available at the reference desk. Registration is encouraged but not required. Drop-ins are welcome. If you didn’t have time to read or finish the month’s book, you are still welcome to attend. Snacks will be provided. This is a safe and inclusive space, and all teens 9th-12th grade are welcome (including allies).

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Teen Pride Book Club (Grades 7-12)

Northwest Regional Library

Tuesday, June 27, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Meet with other teens to discuss books centering LGBTQ+ voices! Meetings are in person, at the Northwest Library (the one by Coddingtown Mall), every 4th Tuesday of the month, from 4:30pm-5:30pm. Print copies of that month’s book are available for checkout at Northwest a month before discussion. Snacks will be provided!

No registration required, and drop-ins are welcome! If you didn’t have time to read or finish the month’s book, you are still welcome to hang out with the group! This is a safe and inclusive space, and all teens 7th-12th grade are welcome (including allies)!

Understanding Gender Identity and Supporting Trans Youth

Guerneville Regional Library

Wednesday, July 19, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Join us for a panel discussion on gender identity and understanding the transgender experience. Panelists include transgender youth, adults, and parents of transgender children who will share their perspectives with us. This program will support, educate and inspire anyone who attends.

Library Appearances at Community Events

Sonoma County Pride

Saturday, June 3

Sonoma County Pride
Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa
Parade: 11:00am-12:00pm
Festival: 12:00pm-5:00pm

Sonoma County Library is a Pride Honoree in this year’s parade! Come see us in the parade and then visit our booth at the festival. We will have fun giveaways and the Library’s Bibliobus will be stocked full of LGBTQ+ library materials for you to check out!

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Saturday, June 10, 2:00-8:00pm

Windsor Pride Festival

Held on the Town Green on Saturday, June 10, join us for a day of music, food, games and colorful surprises. This family-friendly event celebrating love in Windsor among all people, including the LGBTQIA community, will be FREE and OPEN TO ALL.

Live performances at the Music Fest, fun activities in the KidZone, resources at the Community Fair, food and Drinks at the Street Fair.

Books, Collections, and Resources

Staff created book recommendation lists:

Queer Fiction for Adults

Click here to download the full list as a PDF

Adult Non-Fiction

Click here to download the full list as a PDF

Queer Cinema on DVD

Queer Books for Teens

Click here to download the full list as a PDF

For more queer YA recommendations, check out these additional lists created
by Librarians at Sonoma County Library:

Celebrate Trans and Gender Expansive Stories
Queer Fantasy for Teens
LGBTQIA+ Graphic Novels for YA

Children’s Book Lists

Books for Kids Ages 0-8

Click here to download the full list as a PDF

Books for Kids Ages 8-12

Click here to download the full list as a PDF

Digital Resources

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Explore this multiformat list of hoopla offerings curated for Pride Month. There are over 50 items to choose from ranging from audiobooks to movies.

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Browse through eBooks & eAudiobooks in our new LGBTQ+ guide, now available in the Libby app! This guide will stay up all year and refreshes with new books as they are added to the collection.

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Drawing from their incredible library of LGBTQ+ films, Kanopy has curated a collection for Pride Month. To view these films that cover everything from historical events to pioneers bravely taking a stand against injustice, visit go.kanopy.com/pride

Community Partners

Visit the websites of our fantastic community partners for more events and resources for June and beyond!

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LGBTQ Connection - https://www.lgbtqconnection.org/

For more information on their planned pride events, you can visit their calendar here.

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Positive Images - https://www.posimages.org/

For more information on their planned pride events, you can visit their calendar here.

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North Bay LGBTQI Families - https://nblgbtqifamilies.org/

For more information on their planned pride events, you can visit their calendar here.

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Amor Para Todos (APT) - https://aptamorparatodos.weebly.com/

Give Out Day Fundraiser event on June 28 from 2 - 9pm

Please save the date for APT's annual Give Out Day Fundraiser at The Block in Petaluma. All are welcome. Family friendly, DJ, dancing, food, local raffle prizes, games & more!

For more information on their ongoing projects and plans, you can click the following link:

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Sonoma Valley LGBTQ+ Seniors - https://www.aginggayfully.net/

In addition to being a co-facilitator of Sonoma Valley LGBTQ+ Seniors, Professor Gary "Buz" Hermes also teaches Aging Gayfully!" through SRJC's Older Adults Program.

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The Sonoma County LGBTQI Timeline: 1950s - 2000
Be sure to visit their tent at PRIDE 2023!

Learn about the history of Sonoma County's LGBTQI Community:

  • From our first gay bar in the 1950s to our first gay resort in 1978...
  • From our first political struggle to the newspapers that informed and entertained us...
  • From our battle against AIDS to the very beginnings of our Pride Festival…
  • And much, much more!

If you have stories to tell from this time period, they want to hear them!

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OUTWatch LGBTQI Film Festival - https://www.outwatchfilmfest.org/

OUTwatch – Wine Country’s LGBTQI Film Festival will be Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11 as part of Sonoma County Pride’s Calendar of Events. After a three-year pandemic pause, OUTwatch returns to showcase three entertaining narrative films and two thought-provoking documentaries. Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol will again play host to the festival. For more information go to: www.outwatchfilmfest.org.


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