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LGBTQ Equality Without Exception

Editors Note:  this post originally ran in June 2015.  View current ALA Stonewall Book Award lists here and find all the titles at

June is Pride Month.

In many cities, month-long festivities celebrating the hard-won rights, contributions, and diversity of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities culminate on Sunday, June 28 in a Pride Parade.  (NOTE: The 2019 Chicago Pride Parade is June 30.)

This year, I will be back in San Francisco, where the legendary parade’s theme is “Equality Without Exception,” a phrase that speaks volumes about the achievements and struggles of this past year.

It’s also a powerful focal point for thinking and talking about books that deal with the lives and issues of LGBTQIA individuals.

How does a novel, poem, play, or essay address equality, sexuality, and gender? And what does that mean to us, the readers?

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Guide to Pride: Titles Spotlighting the LGBTQ Experience

Editors Note:  This post from June 2018 has great resources, we can't help but share again this year.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/or Questioning (LGBTQ) Pride Month is celebrated every year in June.

It includes such festivities as parades, parties, picnics, workshops, symposia, concerts, and all manner of public events that attract millions of participants around the world.

In the United States, Pride Month has historically been observed in June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City.

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Miner Recs Episode 57 Now Available!

On the latest episode of Miner Recs, Dave, Jami, Joel and Tony celebrate our space-themed summer reading program by discussing various books about science. These include The Demon-Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark by Carl Sagan, The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter by Katherine Freese, Brief Answers To The Big Questions by Stephen Hawking, and Undeniable: Evolution and the Science Of Creation by Bill Nye. Hear it on the player below:

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For more information about the podcast and the DPPL staff who make it, visit our podcast page.

Happening at the library

Kids Summer Reading Challenge:  Read . . . Two . . . One. . . Blast Off!

This summer, readers can make galaxy dough, battle ghosts, and learn about robotics, all while staying on planet Earth. 

We even will have astronaunt training at our kick off party on Saturday, June 8th from 1-3 p.m. For a round up of ALL the exciting programs and happenings this summer explore the mission guide below:

DPPL Summer Mission Guide for Kids

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