It is PRIDE MONTH, and we’re celebrating DIVERSITY and INCLUSION with storytimes featuring books about People of Color and those with diverse experiences, plus making Rainbow Bars and an African Drumming Class! Join for the first ever virtual Fremont Solstice Parade, celebrate the Pike Place Market with music & stories, and learn about the Civil Rights Movement with Tacoma Arts Live. We hope this week’s virtual events inspire new learning and open dialogue at home.
Monday, June 15
Dreaming of Freedom Storytime. Join Miller Library at the University of Washington for three stories about Black history; No One But You by Douglas Wood, Time for Bed, Miyuki by Roxane Marie Galliez, and Anywhere Artist by Nikki Slade Robinson. Join online anytime during the month of June.
Tuesday, June 16
Baking PRIDE Rainbow Bars. Join Miss Bekka and other guests to celebrate PRIDE month and make rainbow sprinkled brownie bars. Make sure to pre-register so you have everything ready to go for baking. Live at 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, June 17
Virtual Rainbow Storytime. With everything happening in the world right now, this is a perfect time to learn more about diversity. Join for this family event, and read stories, sing songs, and more with children’s librarians from Kent and Des Moines. Live at 10:30 a.m.
Bonus ANYTIME event!
Rainbow-themed art, science, & civic participation. Learn how to make colorful rain clouds with shaving cream and rainbow fruit pizza! Explore diverse children’s book recommendations, and find peaceful ways to show civic participation to support equal rights. There are dozens of activities on this website, all with the theme of diversity & inclusion in mind.
Thursday, June 18
Rally for the Pike Place Market. Come together with the region for this live streaming event, and enjoy music, food, stories and images and find out how you can help bring the Market back to life! Live at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, June 19
Gage Academy Teen Art Studios Program. Big Kid Pick! No parents allowed… Teens from ages 13-18 can hop onto this virtual event and make art with peers, led by an instructor. Also participate in a check in and art reflection with the group. Live at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 20
Fremont Solstice Parade. Videos submitted to the Fremont Arts Council by the public in celebration of the first ever virtual Solstice Celebration go live this afternoon. Watch neighbors dance in silly costumes, share their art, and more. Live at 1 p.m.
Sunday, June 21
Make Music Day African Drumming Class. Join performers from Gansango African Music and Dance Company for a fun drumming experience. Bring drums, shakers, or bells, or make your own drum from a pot and wooden spoon in your house! Live at 1 p.m.
Bonus ANYTIME event!
Civil Rights Legacy Tours. Tacoma Arts Live has shared pre-recorded broadcasts on YouTube of three powerful plays based on the Civil Rights Movement. Watch Nihonjin Face, Ruby Bridges, and Get on the Bus, and learn as a family how this Movement connects to current world events. Access these recordings (about 30 minutes each performance) any time.
For more local parks, museums, galleries and museums offering exciting home learning programs for free, visit this list.