Celebrating Pride Month

Celebrating Pride Month

The Huron County Library is celebrating Pride Month by sharing valuable resources, participating in community events, and hosting activities in our branches.

Here is a round-up of what’s happening throughout June:

Huron County Pride Outreach: The Huron County Library is popping up at this year’s Huron County Pride Festival! Find us on the Square in downtown Goderich on Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and take in the amazing activities happening throughout the day!

Pride Hikes: Celebrate diverse voices, get active on Huron County’s trails, win Pride-themed prizes and more! Participate in the Celebrating Diverse Voices Scavenger Hunt on the Bayfield Heritage Trail from June 9-30. Or, explore any one of Huron’s beautiful hiking trails through June. Hikers participating in either option can earn an entry to win a Pride-themed prize pack! Learn how to participate here.

LGBTQ2S+ Resources for young people and their families: Library staff have put together a valuable resource guide to support young people and their families. The guide features links to online resources, books from our collection, local supports, and more.

Book Raffle: The Library is raffling off 10 LGBTQ2S+ books for a variety of ages (picture books, junior fiction, young adult, adult fiction, and adult non-fiction). Find ballots throughout the month of June at all 12 branches or visit us at the Huron Pride Festival.

Pride Panel Discussion: Join us on Thursday, June 20 from 6:30-8 p.m., for a virtual discussion to learn about what Drag is and why it has been targeted as a perceived threat. Our panelists are Curtis Campbell, author of Dragging Mason County, a Young Adult novel about a drag show at a small town high school; and Miss Lita, who is a drag performer who has performed at several drag story time library programs that have attracted protestors. Goderich Branch is also hosting a watch party if you would like to bring your friends together to join the conversation! Registration required

LGBTQ2S+ Youth Social Connections Craft Night: To celebrate pride, the LGBTQ2S+ youth social connections crew are inviting everyone to their craft night on Monday, June 24, 5-8 p.m. at the Goderich Branch. LGBTQ2S+ Youth Social Connections is a community-led program for youth ages 16-25 held the last Monday of each month at the Goderich Branch. This is a great opportunity to have fun with peers, to meet new friends and to engage in discussions around topics that could include sexuality, identity, homophobia, and personal experiences. Registration required.

Drop-in Button Making @ Exeter Branch: Celebrate Pride Month by joining us at the Exeter Branch every Friday in June for button making! This is a drop-in program and available during regular branch hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. No registration is necessary.

Rainbow Storytime @ Exeter Branch: Drop into the Exeter Branch Friday, June 7, 2-3 p.m., for Rainbow Storytime featuring LGBTQ2S+ themed stories and songs! No registration required.

Friendship Bracelets @ Exeter Branch: Join us Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Exeter Branch  to make a rainbow, pronoun, or flag-themed friendship bracelet! No registration required.

Pride Hikes

Pride Hikes

The ParticipACTION Community Challenge is a national initiative encouraging all Canadians to get active in June to find Canada’s Most Active Community. The Huron County Library’s Bayfield Branch saw an opportunity to integrate the Community Challenge with June’s Pride Month celebrations. 

Alongside Huron County Pride and Bayfield Trails, the Bayfield Branch is pleased to provide a number of offerings this June. By participating in any of these events, community members will help the Municipality of Bluewater in the chance to win $100,000 and become recognized as Canada’s Most Active Community! 

Pride Hike: Celebrating Diverse Voices Scavenger Hunt 

Pride Hike: Celebrating Diverse Voices Scavenger Hunt takes place during the Second Annual Bayfield Pride Walk on Sunday, June 9, at 11 a.m. The first 30 attendees to this event will receive a “Hiking Helper” bag, which includes a pedometer, a Huron County Hiking Guide, Pride-related swag, and more. During the walk, participants are encouraged to discover books written by LGBTQ2S+ authors while collecting the “secret” word on each sign for a chance to win a Pride-themed prize pack! After the walk, attendees will meet in Clangregor Park for a picnic, with the Bayfield Branch providing rainbow cupcakes from Pink Flamingo Bakery.   

For those unable to attend the Second Annual Bayfield Pride Walk, they are still able to complete the Scavenger Hunt for the remainder of the month (June 10-30). The Bayfield Branch will have a limited number of the “Hiking Helper” bags on hand to encourage community members to participate in this fun and lively event (one bag per family). Community members are able to pick up an entry sheet from the branch or access one online.  

Pride Hike: Huron County Hiking Trails Edition

The last offering is the Pride Hike: Huron County Hiking Trails Edition where community members are encouraged to explore the breathtaking hiking trails across Huron County. Every hike they embark on earns them an entry to win a Pride-themed prize pack! Participants can easily find all of Huron County’s hiking trails in the Huron County Hiking Guide, which is also available at the Bayfield Branch. Community members are able to pick up an entry sheet from the branch or access one online.