This week the Out on the Shelves Campaign Week begins, and when they say week, they really mean two weeks. This Campaign Week is a time for libraries (amongst others) to really highlight Out on the Shelves, to make some colourful displays, and to run some awesome events.
Now, I’m sure you’re getting super excited already, but you might not even know what Out on the Shelves is! Well, let me explain.
Out on the Shelves is an online reading resource created by InsideOUT to help rainbow young people find, read, and recommend positive and affirming stories with good representation in them. We’ve had enough of “Bury your Gays“, thank you very much! If you want to know a bit more, then check out this video:
If you’re looking for your next book to read, then check out the booklists. If you’ve read a wonderfully queer book recently and don’t see it on any of the Out on the Shelves booklists, then you can go ahead and make a submission!
But wait, there’s more!
Do you like books? Do you like movies? Do you like quizzes? Do you like hanging out at the library with a bunch of other Cool Kids and some extra cool (if I do say so myself) librarians? Do you remember how I said earlier that the Campaign Week is a great time for libraries to run awesome events?
If you do, you’re in luck! We’ll be running a range of events at four different libraries across the city.
Youth Movie Night: Pride Edition
To celebrate Out on the Shelves 2021, Wellington City Libraries are hosting a YA movie night. The film will be LGBT+ themed, but otherwise it is a complete secret! Venture to a late-night library screening near you for popcorn, pals and a pride-fuelled time. For ages 13-18.
Join us at 6.00pm to get settled down with some snacks, and we’ll start the movie at 6.30pm.
Rainbow Zine Workshops
Join us for the zine-making afternoons for young adults and try your hand at writing, poetry or art! Enter the Out On The Shelves writing competition, write a book review for the official 2021 Rainbow Zine, or check out our LGBTQI+ book collection.
- Friday 18th June, 3.30pm at Newtown Library
- Wednesday 23rd June, 3.30pm at He Matapihi Library, Molesworth Street
Youth Quiz Night: Pride Edition
To celebrate Out on the Shelves 2021, Wellington City Libraries are hosting a Pride quiz extravaganza! There will be pizza, prizes, and plenty of quizzical challenges. Coming to a library near you! For ages 13-18.
- Friday 25th June, 5.30pm, at Arapaki Library (Manners St)
- Saturday 26th June, 5.30pm, at Johnsonville Library
Show up and grab a table with your team, or just show up and we can help you find a team!
So come along, make new friends, grab a bookmark booklist, and have fun!