NOPL Celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month – Eagle News Online

NORTH SYRACUSE — In 1999, President Bill Clinton first declared June Gay and Lesbian Month, and since then other presidents have followed suit. President Barack Obama declared June LGBT Pride Month, and President Joe Biden in 2021 declared it LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Pride celebrations give visibility to members of the community and provide an opportunity for understanding, dignity and equality.

As educational institutions for the community, libraries provide a unique place for learning. Events like Pride Month, Black History Month and Women’s History Month provide an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the rich history and accomplishments of these groups in our society.

One of these events is the annual Pride Picnic of the Syracuse North Branch of the North Onondaga Public Library (NOPL) on Saturday, June 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be food and drink, outdoor games, children’s crafts and music. In addition, a special appearance by Elsa, from the movie “Frozen”, is scheduled and balloon twists will be offered from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The event is free; please register at nopl.org/events.

Other Pride events at the Syracuse North Branch include an evening story hour on June 14 at 6 p.m. where listeners will watch several people who have contributed to the Pride movement, such as Elton John, Marsha P. Johnson and Jose Sarria; a special craft project will follow.

Another Pride crafting event can be found at the Brewerton branch of NOPL on June 28. There will be several projects such as Pride Rocks, fabric pride flags, rainbow butterflies, and more. This is a walk-in event and craft kits will be available while supplies last.

If you can’t attend these NOPL Pride events, other libraries in Onondaga County offer LGBTQ+ programs. Liverpool Public Library offers a monthly LGBTQ+ teen group where young members of the community can celebrate who they are together. For more information about these programs and other events at your library, visit your local library’s website; find NOPL at nopl.org and Liverpool Library at lpl.org.

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