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New pride program is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, at the Estacada Public Library

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Estacada Public Library will host a Pride event next month.

June is LGBT Pride Month, and this year the festivities will extend to the Estacada Public Library.

The library will host its first Family Pride Day from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in the Flora Community Room, 825 N.W. Wade St.

"It's very exciting. I hope we get a lot of people going (to the event)," said Alice Perez Ververa, a library specialist in Estacada who is organizing the program.

Perez Ververa is chair of the equity committee for the Libraries in Clackamas County and noted that one of the group's goals is to create programming that reflects the diversity of the county.

The event is open to all ages.

"All are welcome. You don't have to identify as LGBTQ

to attend," Perez Ververa said.

The day will include crafts, face painting and book giveaways. Members of the Oregon State University Extension Service will provide healthy snacks, Mystique Fancy Faces will provide face painting and the Living Room and Cascade Aids Organization will provide information and resources.

According to the Library of Congress, "The purpose of (Pride) month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally."

"Having the event is an important step to move forward with the future of library programs," Perez Ververa said. "This is just the beginning. I'm excited to see how it goes."


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