Be yourself, we're here for everyone!
How does your library uphold its values? Quite simply, we celebrate diversity and find strength in recognizing differences.
Since 1997, the Library's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and others (LGBTQ+) Services Committee has committed itself to providing welcoming, inclusive opportunities for everyone. It began with a passionate group of staff dedicated to upholding the Library's mission and the Library Users Bill of Rights, and best serving Southern Arizona's LGBTQ+ library users.
What do we do? So much!
Expand the Library's collection.
- Looking for LGBTQ+ materials? We've got you covered! Take a look at the committee's page, where you can find blog posts, book lists, and more!
Host not-to-be-missed, fabulous events.
- For families, we've got Rainbow Storytime—held in February, June, and October—where we enjoy stories, flannel boards, sing songs, and make crafts.
- Our annual LGBTQ+ author talk has been going strong since the beginning. Perhaps more impressive than a 20+ year run are the authors who've joined us: Jacob Tobia, Chaz Bono, Armistead Maupin, Alison Bechdel, and Edmund White, among others. We even had a party in the park with Todd Parr to celebrate our 20th anniversary!
- For book lovers of all stripes, there's Rainbow Reads, a positively queer reading circle that alternates between book chats and book clubs. It's held on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
Fun facts about us!
- Pima County Public Library is one of the few public libraries in the country to have an established LGBTQ+ Services Committee.
- Tucson was the first municipality in Arizona to adopt a non-discrimination ordinance regarding sexual orientation.
- Todd Parr joined us for a party in the park to celebrate the committee's 20th anniversary!
- Not only can you find us at Library events, you can find us in the community at event like PRIDE in the PARK and PRIDE On PARADE. Plus, our Bookbike makes a regular monthly stop at the EON Youth Lounge.
We ♥ books, so enjoy these recommendations from committee members!
Brandon recommends T. Cooper's Changers series, which begins with: