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Department of External Affairs
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710
FAX (215) 567-7850
Contact: Communications and Development
For Release: Immediately
Contact: Communications and Development

The Free Library Celebrates Pride Month Virtually in June

The Free Library of Philadelphia is proud to celebrate Pride Month with free, virtual programming throughout June that honors LGBTQ+ lives, stories, and histories. The online programming will include self-care workshops, book talks, lectures, singalong storytimes, and more.

Below are highlights of the Free Library’s Pride Month offerings. For the complete list of events and how to join, visit

Singalong Storytimes
Friday, June 5 ¦ Saturday, June 20 ¦ Tuesday, June 30
All at 12:00 p.m.

Drag queen Lili St. Queer leads children and families in songs, stories, and fun.

Happy Hour LGBTQ+ History
Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25
All at 5:00 p.m.

Log on for happy hour with drag queen Lili St. Queer, featuring a mocktail or cocktail recipe from the Free Library’s Culinary Literacy Center and an entertaining retelling of an LGBTQ+ historical event.

LGBTQ+ Philadelphia 1950–2020
Tuesday, June 9 ¦ 6:00 p.m.

Bob Skiba, Curator of Collections at the John J. Wilcox Jr. LGBT Archives at the William Way Community Center, traces the evolution of the Philadelphia LGBTQ+ community.

Book Club: Queer: A Graphic History
Wednesday, June 10 ¦ 6:00 p.m.

Explore Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele’s groundbreaking graphic novel, which guides readers through recent histories of queer culture, activism, and thought.

In Bed with Ishmael: Queer Approaches to the Life, Work, and Legacy of Herman Melville
Thursday, June 18 ¦ 7:30 p.m.
Program hosted by The Rosenbach at
Enjoy The Rosenbach’s rich collection of Herman Melville rare books, manuscripts, and related artifacts, and learn how queer theory and a gendered approach to culture can enrich understandings of Melville’s writings.

Your Body Calls Me Home
Tuesday, June 23 ¦ 6:00 p.m.

Hear an excerpt from this poetic journey into the inner lives of a group of queer black and brown millennial men, and take part in a Q&A with playwright Josh A. Campbell.

The Free Library is dedicated to inclusivity and diversity, and neighborhood libraries serve as welcoming and safe spaces for all Philadelphians. Though our libraries are currently closed, the Free Library’s digital resources include LGBTQ+ reading lists for adults, teens, and children, with e-books that can be downloaded with a Free Library card; Kanopy, where you can stream LGBTQ+ film and television; and podcasts of LGBTQ+ authors who have read at the Free Library. For more Free Library LGBTQ+ resources, visit .


Department of External Affairs, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710, FAX (215) 567-7850