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Pride Month

"The uprising at the Stonewall Inn in June, 1969, sparked a liberation movement — a call to action that continues to inspire us to live up to our Nation’s promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all.  Pride is a time to recall the trials the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community has endured and to rejoice in the triumphs of trailblazing individuals who have bravely fought — and continue to fight — for full equality.  Pride is both a jubilant communal celebration of visibility and a personal celebration of self-worth and dignity.  This Pride Month, we recognize the valuable contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals across America, and we reaffirm our commitment to standing in solidarity with LGBTQ+ Americans in their ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice."

President Joe Biden
A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month,
June 1, 2021

When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff is a picture book that celebrates the changes in a transgender boy's life, from his initial coming out to becoming a big brother.  The book won the 2020 Stonewall Book Award.

In this edition of Just for Fun Story Time,  Angelina Abbott reads Rainbow:  A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart.  The book reveals the colorful meaning behind each rainbow stripe in a simple and engaging format for young readers.

Juneteenth National Independence Day

President Biden signs Juneteenth into law

President Joe Biden signed legislation June 17, 2021 establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day,  a U.S. federal holiday.

"I have to say to you, I've only been president for several months, but I think this will go down, for me, as one of the greatest honors I will have as president," Biden said at the White House during a signing ceremony.

Juneteenth marks the date some of the last enslaved people became free.  On June 19, 1865 Union Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of slavery in Galveston, Texas, in accordance with President Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.

The holiday is the first federal holiday established since 1983 when Martin Luther King Jr. Day became the 11th federal holiday recognized by the U.S. federal government.  

National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting Sept. 15 and ending Oct. 15. It was enacted into law Aug. 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success.

Library of Congress

Scholastic Book Books: How Alma Got Her Name

How Alma Got Her Name read by Mrs. Behymer

Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month
"Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability.  Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading.  Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other language skills such as spelling, writing and pronouncing words.  Dyslexia affects individuals throughout their lives; however, its impact can change at different stages in a person’s life.  It is referred to as a learning disability because dyslexia can make it very difficult for a student to succeed academically in the typical instructional environment, and in its more severe forms, will qualify a student for special education, special accommodations or extra support services."

International Dyslexia Association

Here's Hank

D is for Darcy

The True Gifts of a Dyslexic Mind