Meet Bestselling Author Todd Parr at Free, Family-Friendly Event

(TUCSON, Ariz.) – We’ve read his books at Rainbow Storytimes and we have them on the shelves to check out and enjoy at home. Now we’re bringing the author to a park near you!

In celebration of our LGBT Services Committee’s 20th anniversary, Pima County Public Library welcomes all ages at Todd Parr in the Park on October 28, 2–4pm. This free, family-friendly event will be held at Himmel Park Amphitheater (1000 N. Tucson Boulevard). Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a folding chair.

Todd Parr is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 40 children’s books, including The Family Book, It’s Okay to Be Different, Be Who You Are! His books are about acceptance and empowerment and are a great tool for helping children embrace differences and feel good about themselves. Presented in a unique, lively, colorful, and sweet way, Parr offers wisdom that all ages can relate to and find comfort in.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and share a story with Todd Parr and enjoy crafts, bubbles, raffles, and lots of fun! In the meantime, don’t miss this blog post, which includes a fun Q&A with Todd.

This free community event marks the 20th Anniversary of the Library’s LGBT Services Committee. Established in 1997 to better serve southern Arizona’s LGBT library users, the committee is dedicated to upholding the Library’s mission and the Library Bill of Rights for all customers.

Over the years the committee has coordinated numerous high-profile author visits, including Chaz Bono, Armistead Maupin, Alison Bechdel, and Edmund White, among others. It also coordinates exciting programs such as Rainbow Storytimes and participation at community outreach events like PRIDE in the PARK, PRIDE On PARADE, and at Eon Youth Lounge.

Toby Wehner, a Library Associate and member of the LGBT Services Committee, says, “We really couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this anniversary. Todd Parr’s books are synonymous with inclusion, acceptance, and kindness. We’re thrilled that he’ll be joining us to mark this special occasion.”

Pima County Public Library is one of few public libraries nationwide to have an established LGBT Services Committee. In addition to programming, the committee helps to review, order, and make LGBT materials available for all Library users. Members also curate reading lists and write for the Library’s blog.

This event is generously funded by the Friends of the Pima County Public Library.


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