From drag queen storytime to book groups and pride parties, the Evanston Public Library has programs all month long.
For all ages:
Support the Evanston Pride Car Parade at EPL Robert Crown Branch Reading Garden
Sunday June 5th, 12-1:30 p.m.
Create signs of support for the Evanston Pride parade and cheer them as they pass! Pride themed crafts and buttons will be available as well.
Drag Queen Storytime
Saturday, June 4, 11:30 -12:30, at EPL Robert Crown Branch Reading Garden. Register.
Wednesday, June 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at EPL Main Library. Register.
The fabulous Coco Sho’nell is back to present a fun and fabulous storytime for all ages. Bring the whole family for this special event! Registration is recommended but not necessary. A family craft will follow the storytime presentation while supplies last!
LGBTQIA+ Community Picnic
Saturday July 30, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Location TBD
For the adults:
Law at the Library: LGBTQIA+ Legal Issues
Tuesday, June 28, 6-7 p.m. via Zoom. Register.
Each Law at the Library program features a presentation on Zoom by an experienced attorney, followed by a brief question and answer session. This program will cover common legal issues that affect LGBTQIA+ individuals, and is presented in partnership with the Chicago Bar Association and the Chicago Public Library.
Pride Month Crash Course Come learn about LGBT+ history!
Friday June 17th 5-6 PM at EPL Robert Crown Branch Multipurpose room
Celebrate Pride Month at Robert Crown on June 17 for an introductory crash-course on LGBTQ history from pre-Stonewall through today!
For the teens:
Pride Fashion Sewing Session
Sunday June 12, 1-3 p.m. at The Teen Loft at EPL Main Library. Register.
We have some awesome party activities planned, one of which is the Pride Fashion Show! We all know Pride Fashion is a big deal, and if you’d like to show off your style this pride month, come rock it at the show! If you’d like a little help bringing your ideas to life, come to the Pride Sewing Sessions.
Wednesday, June 22, 6-8 p.m. at EPL Robert Crown Branch Reading Garden. Register.
We will be having a live dance workshop covering waacking and voguing, led by a professional dancer, followed by a fashion show and dance party! There will also be stations for face painting, nail polish making, paint-your-own flags, a photo booth, and more!
Stop by and show us your best pride looks! We are so excited to see everyone there!
For the children:
Pride Craft for Kids: Rainbow Windsock
Beginning Wednesday, June 1
Grab a kit to create a colorful rainbow windsock craft. Kits will be available at both our Robert Crown and Main Library Branches while supplies last. More info.
Pride Crafternoon Party!
Monday, June 13, 3-5 p.m. at EPL Main Library
All are welcome (but supplies are limited!) for this crafting event! Join us in this inclusive space to celebrate acceptance and create colorful flower crowns or affirmation stones. All materials will be provided. Event is recommended for ages 6-10 and caregivers. More info.
Beyond the Binary: Affirming, gender-expansive books for kids!
Celebrate Pride Month! (kids book lists)
The Ultimate Pride Booklist (teens)
Pride in Book Clubs:
Better Off Read Book Group: LGBTQ Mystery discussion
Monday June 27, 6:30-7:45p.m. at EPL Main Library in the Community Room
Patrons will choose between Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa Afia or Fadeout by Joseph Hansen.
Outside the Lines: A Graphic Novel Book Club Register
Thursday, June 30, 7-8:30 p.m. via Zoom
Teen patrons will be reading Tomboy by Liz Prince and The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
Submitted by Evanston Public Library