Pride Month


Pride Month is an annual commemoration held during June to remember the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, New York, which gave birth to the LGBTQIA+  rights movement in the United States. It is a chance for us to honor diversity while supporting our LGBTQ friends and family.

Below are some fiction and non-fiction reads to help you learn about Pride, diversity, and ways to celebrate and support the LGBTQIA+ community.

The library is now open for curbside pick-up! You can place a reserve on materials owned by the Verona Public Library and we will schedule a time for you to pick them up.


LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field

LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality

Kirstin Cronn-Mills

YA 796.086 CRO

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Presents a history of the long struggles of LGBT atheletes to gain recognition and acceptance, describing some of the famous athletes from the past who were unable to reveal their genders and how social practices have changed and benefited current LGBT athletes. – From PALS Plus Catalog

Beyond Magneta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

Susan Kuklin

Available via OverDrive 

A 2015 Stonewall Honor Book. A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens. Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves. – From OverDrive

The Stonewall Riots

The Stonewall Riots : Coming Out in the Streets

Gayle E. Pitman

YA 306.76 PIT

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“This book is about the Stonewall Riots, a series of spontaneous, often violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBTQ+) community in reaction to a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The Riots are attributed as the spark that ignited the LGBTQ+ Movement. The author describes American gay history leading up to the Riots, the Riots themselves, and the aftermath, and includes her interviews of people involved or witnesses, including a woman who was ten at the time. Profusely illustrated, the book includes contemporary photos, newspaper clippings among other period objects. A timely and necessary read, The Stonewall Riots helps readers to understand the history and legacy of the LGBTQ+ movement”. – From PALSPlus Catalog

The Fight for LGBTQ+ Rights

The Fight for LGBTQ+ Rights

Devlin Smith

Available via Hoopla

Thanks to the work of courageous individuals and energized organizations, great strides have been made in LGBTQ+ civil rights since the 1950s. These strides include the affirmation of marriage equality, enactment of anti-discrimination laws, and freedom to serve openly in the military. Despite such groundbreaking victories, achieving full equality remains a struggle. Readers will learn about the history of this fight, the activists, and the allies who’ve used their voices to spur progress. They will also discover the tools to safely and consciously support LGBTQ+ rights. – From Hoopla

Pride: The Celebration and the Struggle

Robin Stevenson

Available via Hoopla

Like the original version, this new edition of Pride: The Celebration and the Struggle celebrates the LGBTQ+ community’s diversity and the incredible victories of the past 50 years-but it also has a larger focus on activism, the need to keep fighting for equality and freedom around the world and the important role that young people are playing.

The new edition has been updated and expanded to include many new Proud Moments and Queer Facts as well as a profile of LGBTQ+ refugees from Indonesia, a story about a Pride celebration in a refugee camp in Kenya and profiles of young activists, including teens from a Gender and Sexuality Alliance organizing Pride in Inuvik and a trans girl from Vancouver fighting for inclusion and support in schools. There is also a section on being an ally, a profile of a family with two gay dads (one of them trans) and much, much more! – From Hoopla


Leah on the Offbeat

Leah on the Offbeat

Becky Albertalli

YA Albertalli

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Leah Burke is an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mom; her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends– not even her openly gay BFF, Simon. When her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways, it’s hard for Leah to strike the right note. And with prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. If only real life was as rhythmic as her drumming… – From PALS Plus catalog

What If It’s Us

Becky Albertalli

Available via OverDrive

ARTHUR is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

BEN thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them . . . ?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t nail a first date even after three do-overs?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

What if it’s us? – From OverDrive

How Not To Ask A Boy To Prom

How (Not) To Ask A Boy To Prom

S.J. Goslee

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When his older sister encourages him to ask someone to the prom, things do not go as planned and Nolan ends up fake dating a guy who used to bully him. – From PALS Plus Catalog

Girls of Paper and Fire

Natasha Ngan

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 In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, she does the unthinkable: she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge. – From OverDrive

Out of Salem

Out of Salem

Hal Schrieve

Available via Hoopla

“Genderqueer fourteen-year-old Z Chilworth has to adjust quickly to their new status as a zombie after waking from death from a car crash that killed their parents and sisters. Always a talented witch, Z now can barely perform magic and is rapidly decaying. Faced with rejection from their remaining family members and old friends, Z moves in with Mrs. Dunnigan, an elderly witch and befriends Aysel, a loud would-be-goth classmate who is, like Z, a loner. As Z struggles to find a way to repair the broken magical seal holding their body together, Aysel fears that her classmates will discover her status as an unregistered werewolf. When a local psychiatrist is murdered by what seems to be werewolves, the town of Salem, Oregon, becomes even more hostile to “monsters,” and Z and Aysel are driven together in an attempt to survive a place where most people wish that neither of them existed. Rarely has a first-time author created characters of such immediacy and power as Z, Aysel, Tommy (suspected fey) and Elaine (also a werewolf), or a world that parallels our own so clearly and disturbingly”—From PALSPlus catalog