June is LGBT+ Pride Month, and I am so happy to see libraries participating. One particular display caught my eye because of its inclusive use of the pride flags. Andrea Georgic of the Northland Public Library in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania shares,
For pride month this year, I wanted to create a more visible and inclusive display for our patrons. We’ve hung banners and pendants across the top of this display before, and since so many people in the LGBTQ+ community have created colorful flags to express their identities, I figured what better decoration than that. Representation is important, and I wanted to reflect as many people as possible, so I did some searching and chose as many flags as I could comfortably fit above the display. I also wanted to create an opportunity for conversation and learning by representing groups that are often forgotten or unknown. We’ve already had a number of patrons ask about the different flags or tell us they looked one up that they weren’t familiar with. I also chose the larger display this year for visibility and to showcase as many of our LGBTQ+ books as possible.
Andrea used Power Point to make the flags, and Canva for this flyer:
At Muhlenberg College, we utilized a pride banner on our website, in-person display, and for button give-aways.
I made this in Adobe Illustrator, taking the traditional pride flag (after a lot of uncertainty after seeing all of the varieties!) and blending the colors for some added fun. I agree with Andrea, representation is important. I’m now inspired to include more flags in upcoming celebrations of pride. Thank you for sharing, Andrea!
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Did you do something to celebrate? We would love to see examples of your library’s pride!