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AT THE LIBRARY: Celebrating our differences

By Holly MacLean

When someone first walks into a library, they’re greeted with a wide variety of material. Their differences are what make libraries special, just as our differences as individuals make us unique to this world.

Diversity can come in many shapes, forms and identities. It can be seen in the books and materials we lend to the public that feature characters and stories that are unique. It is the diversity of our community that makes the library a special place, full of vibrant people connecting and learning from each other. Those connections and conversations serve as opportunities to improve our communities and ourselves, and the library is grateful to be a part of this every day.

Pictou County Pride Week and events at the New Glasgow Library

From July 9-15, the New Glasgow Library will be hosting some events organized by the Pictou County Rainbow Community to celebrate Pictou County Pride Week! There are workshops, opportunities to share stories, art and film, and speakers covering a wide variety of LGBTQ2S+ topics to make our communities a more welcoming and inclusive place. Programs and workshops going on at the New Glasgow Library are listed below, but for more detailed information on these and other library events and programs, visit The Pictou County Rainbow Community’s group can also be found on Facebook.

MORPH (Mapping Our Road Through Power and Healing) Workshop –Tuesday, July 10, 1 p.m.

‘How to be a Good Ally’ presentation and panel discussion – Tuesday, July 10, 4 p.m.

Art Show and Book Presentation – Wednesday, July 11, 1 p.m.

Sharing our Stories – Wednesday, July 11, 4 p.m.

Supporting my LGBTQ2S+ Child – Thursday, July 12, 1 p.m.

Understanding Gender Identity and Expression – Thursday, July 12, 4 p.m.

Growing up Queer – Thursday, July 12, 6:30 p.m.
* please register by emailing

‘Consent’ information session with the Pictou County Women's Resource & Sexual Assault Centre – Friday, July 13, 1 p.m.

“Last Chance” – National Film Board (NFB) Club at the Library – Saturday, July 14 at 10 a.m.

Materials available to borrow

The past number of years, with help and funding from community partners, we’ve been able to add more titles and material to our collection featuring LGBTQ2S+ characters, themes and authors. The first to mention is Some Assembly Required: the not-so-secret life of a transgender teen (Simon and Schuster, 2014), written by Arin Andrews. In this revolutionary coming-of-age memoir, Arin details the journey that led him to make the life-transforming decision to begin his transition as a high school junior.

Another book available to borrow is A Two-Spirit Journey: the autobiography of a lesbian Ojibwa-Cree elder (University of Manitoba Press, 2016) written by Ma-Nee Chacaby and Mary Louise Plummer. Her award-winning autobiography describes her childhood, spiritual and cultural traditions she learned from her Cree grandmother and trapping, hunting, and bush survival skills from her Ojibwa stepfather. It also chronicles the role abuse and alcoholism played in her early years. At twenty, Chacaby moved to Thunder Bay with her children to escape an abusive marriage. Abuse, compounded by racism, continued, but Chacaby found supports to help herself and others. Over the following decades, she achieved sobriety; trained and worked as an alcoholism counsellor; raised her children and fostered many others; learned to live with visual impairment; and came out as a lesbian.

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