The Library Comes Out

24Apr2022

A Conversation: Creating Safe Spaces and Allies for Local LGBTQ+ Youth

From 2.00 pm until 3.30 pm

One in five Maine high school students identify as LGBTQ+. They face more challenges—violence, discrimination—and receive less support than their peers. Inclusive spaces and strong support networks can make a world of difference.* Let's talk about what we can do.

Stonington Public Library invites the community into the library for a conversation on how our space, resources, and services can work for LGBTQ+ youth and how the greater community can create welcoming and affirming environments. Our doors and our ears are open. Join the conversation at the library —masks required—or on Zoom.

Unable to participate? We still want to hear from you and welcome your confidential feedback online. The conversation is one step in our ongoing commitment to provide a space where you are celebrated. Leading up to the event, the library invested in expanding our LGBTQ+ resources across all our youth collections, and the library board and staff along with local community and religious leaders participated in an online training session with OUT Maine, Building Inclusive Libraries. Our next steps will follow from the conversation and what we hear from you. 

This event is offered as part of Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).

*Learn more about LGBTQ+ youth experiences and outcomes at Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey: https://www.maine.gov/miyhs/.

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