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JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE PUBLIC LIBRARIES OF DURHAM REGION Every June, for the last four years, all public libraries in Durham Region have partnered with the Children’s Aid Society and Youth Pride Durham to host Drag Queen Storytime. The program, attended by children and their caregivers, champions inclusion, and celebrates self-expression through stories and activities. Every library supports the program by providing space and markets the events to our respective communities. We recognize that Durham Region is home to a variety of individuals and families, each with unique perspectives, experiences, and values. We deliver a range of programs and services that reflect and celebrate all members of our communities while acknowledging that not every book on our shelf or program we offer will be a good fit for every resident. These programs are selected based on our knowledge of our community and residents decide whether a program is a good fit for them and their family. A large number of families in our community feel that Drag Queen Storytime speaks to their values. They express this through their continued attendance at the program every year and in their messages to us afterward. We hear often that the program offers a meaningful experience and a safe space for children and parents to talk about inclusion. Public libraries have always championed the values underpinning a democratic society including free, open, and equitable access to a diversity of information and ideas, civic engagement, intellectual freedom, and freedom of speech. The public library remains an institution that helps build understanding for one another by being a welcoming and inclusive public space for all.

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  • June 1st: PFLAG Canada Durham Region Banners revealed along The Esplanade North.


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