Let's Celebrate Pride Month and Indigenous Month

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.

PRIDE BOOKS

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.

Pride Colors
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.

INDIGENOUS BOOKS

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.

Sweetest Kulu
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.

Shin-chi’s Canoe
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.
 

Library Notes

2019-06-24

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.

2019-06-19

School’s almost out, which means summer reading is almost here.  The Niagara Falls Public Library is once again very excited to participate in the TD Summer Reading Club, Canada’s biggest bilingual summer reading program.  Kids of all ages, interests and abilities can read books, earn prizes and have fun, keeping their reading skills sharp so they’ll be ready when September rolls around.

2019-06-11

Throughout the years, Niagara Falls has certainly seen more than its fair share of Royal visitors. On June 7th of this week, it is the 80th anniversary of one such visit. It also was the first visit ever by a reigning British monarch to Canada.

2019-06-11

When you work in a library, you use library jargon. However, sometimes you forget not all customers know what the “catalogue” is used for. Most recently, with the news about the elimination of the Southern Ontario Library Service’s Interlibrary Loan 

2019-05-21

Niagara Falls Public Library launched its Seed to Seed collection May 17.

If you come to any of the library's four locations across Niagara Falls you can "borrow" up to three packages of seeds.

After you've planted the seeds and harvested your vegetables, you can set aside some seeds to give back to the library so another person can enjoy the collection.

2019-05-13

Mental Health Week invites us to be mindful with meditation at Niagara Falls library.

In our ongoing effort to meet community needs wherever we can, Niagara Falls Public Library has been running a series of mental health and wellness programs at our four branches throughout 2019.

2019-05-08

Have you ever been curious about what it would be like to grow your own vegetables? Have you ever thought about teaching your children or grandchildren where their food comes from?

Or, like me, have you ever been known for having a black or a brown thumb?

2019-04-25

On Thursday, April 25th the Niagara Falls Public Library will be unveiling its new board game collection. Board Games are a great way to reduce screen time, to interact face-to-face with family and friends, and to challenge yourself in new and interesting ways.

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