June is Pride month and Indigenous month. These topics can be difficult to tackle with children. However, they are also empowering and necessary issues for young minds.
Here at the Niagara Falls Public Library, we have a number of incredible books aimed at younger children that will teach them all about a variety of LGBTQ+ issues and about national Indigenous issues.
Love Makes a Family
By Sophie Beer
What makes a family? Whether you have one parent, two moms, two dads, a mom and a dad, or a different kind of guardian, this book makes it clear that all you need is love to have a family.
By Robin Stevenson
This simple and charming board book goes through all the colours in the rainbow. Most importantly though, it lets children know that they are free to choose to be themselves.
This Day in June
By Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten
Explain Pride parades to young children with this little story and use the more detailed endmatter to teach slightly older children about basic LGBTQ+ history.
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
By Christine Baldacchino, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
Morris Micklewhite loves his tangerine dress, even though people don’t understand him and make fun of him for it. However, Morris soon changes everybody’s minds in this hilarious and inclusive tale.
You Hold Me Up
By Monique Gray-Smith, illustrated by Danielle Daniel
This inspiring picture book is all about loving and supporting one another. It also underscores the importance of reconciliation.
When We Were Alone
By David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett
A young girl helps her grandmother in the garden and starts to ask her grandmother questions about her culture. As the grandmother answers, the girl learns how there was a time when that culture was almost taken away.
By Celina Kalluk, illustrated by Alexandri Neonakis
This beautiful poem is the perfect bedtime treat for the little kulus in your life (an Inuktitut term of endearment) and will also teach them about traditional Inuit values and culture.
By Nicola I. Campbell, illustrated by Kim LaFave
Shin-chi receives a tiny cedar canoe from his sister to make life at the residential school easier for him. The book will help children learn about and relate to this tragic part of Canada’s history.
To borrow these or any of our other fabulous LGBTQ+ or Indigenous resources, please call the library at 905-356-8080 or visit any one of our 4 locations and a staff member will be happy to assist you.
Laura Chadwick is an Information Resources and Connections Librarian with the Niagara Falls Public Library.
Science Literacy Week runs from September 16th to the 22nd. While many of us may think that it’s aimed mostly at kids and teens, the truth is that everyone can celebrate science and oceans research in Canada.
September is an exciting time of year, and Niagara Falls Public Library is ready to celebrate with fun programs and events.
Be sure to pick up our Fall 2019 magazine to learn about all the exciting programs and events happening.
With September just around the corner, we at the Niagara Falls Public Library are excited to once again offer a full slate of Mental Health and Wellness programming to connect you with others and help you feel your best as summer fades away and the days start to get shorter, darker, colder.
Honeymoons and the City of Niagara Falls have gone hand in hand for a very long time, with the first documented Niagara Falls honeymoon occurring in June of 1801. Theodosia Burr (the American vice president’s daughter) and her husband Joseph Alston visited the city on a delayed honeymoon that even included a visit with the famous Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant.
There’s no denying that so far it has been one scorcher of a summer. Every day seems hotter than the last and that humidity is enough to make a stone sweat!
Luckily for you, each branch of the Niagara Falls Public Library comes equipped with air conditioning and a number of fabulous cookbooks you can borrow to whip up some wonderful frozen desserts that will help you chill out.
As we enjoy the summer weather, thoughts of cooling off may sometimes cross our minds. Some of us may have fond memories of a few local swimming spots that were once used to beat the summer heat. For more than 35 years, thousands of children and adults made the Cyanamid swimming pool their summer destination of choice.
At the Library, we truly appreciate the outpouring of support for the Interlibrary Loan Service (ILLO) at the Niagara Falls Public Library (NFPL) after the elimination of the ILLO Delivery Service. We understand the meaningful impact the service has had on many of our customers. As we know how things change in the world, so it does in the Library world.
Summer has arrived, and the Niagara Falls Public Library is busy with something for everyone! Be sure to pick up our Summer Library Magazine to learn about all the exciting programs and events happening this summer.