The Easton Public Library has been featuring its pride-inclusive collections throughout the month of June in recognition of Pride Month. They kicked things off on June 1 with a Pride Story Time event to help promote diversity and increase understanding of the LGBTQ+ community for young people, while also increasing awareness of the library’s collections.
“Even with just the small resources that we have here, we have so many books and other resources that are very pride-inclusive and diverse in lots of ways, so we decided to do it ourselves,” said Kristine Oulman, youth services librarian.
Some of the books that were featured included titles such as: “Uncle Bobby’s Wedding” by Sarah S. Brannen, “Grandad’s Camper” by Harry Woodgate, “Snapdragon” by Kat Leyh and “LGBTQ+ Rights” by Virginia Loh-Hagan.
Jackie Lempert, an Easton resident who attended the event, said she especially enjoyed the reading from “Sewing the Rainbow” by Gayle E. Pitman. “I was interested in the book about sewing the rainbow flag and I liked how creative the main character was, but all the books were equally good,” Lempert said.
In addition to the story time, there were also pride-related arts and crafts activities, such as creating rainbow heart decorations and contributing to a group mural that features the “Faces of Pride” with LGBTQ+ iconic figures like RuPaul and Freddie Mercury.
“People connect with Easton Pride and have been very supportive of us and the different things that we try to do to include everyone,” said Oulman. “Representation is extremely important for everybody, so I think that these kinds of events are wonderful.”