Pride month is finally here! It’s a great time of the year to collectively celebrate the diversity and resilience of the 2SLGBTQ+ community! As the temporary Marketing and Communications Assistant at the Brampton Library and a queer person of colour I'm thrilled to share how Brampton Library supports and celebrates Pride, including the wealth of resources we offer here.

Our diverse LGBTQ+ Collection

At Brampton Library, we pride ourselves on our extensive collection of 2SLGBTQ+ literature for your convenience. Our collection ranges from classic queer novels to contemporary works by 2SLGBTQ+ authors—our shelves are filled with stories that reflect the rich tapestry of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Whether you’re looking for fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, or poetry, we can confidently say there’s something for everyone! 

Here are some highlights:

Fiction: Discover compelling stories that explore 2SLGBTQ+ experiences through diverse characters and settings.

Browse our fiction collection

Non-Fiction: Learn about 2SLGBTQ+ history, activism, and personal stories that inspire and educate.

Explore our non-fiction books

Children’s Books: Introduce young readers to inclusive stories that celebrate diversity and acceptance. 

Find children's books here

Events and Programs

Throughout Pride Month, we also host a variety of events and programs created with the hope of educating, entertaining, and bringing our community together. Some of these include:

The Gathering: A program that’s offered to children, youth and families, partnered with Malton Neighborhood Services. It strives to empower black individuals in a positive environment and offers open-discussions, interactive workshops, guest speakers, and educational activities that are aimed to foster a brighter future and encourage a solution-driven process when addressing the discrimination and stigma faced within the 2SLGBTQ+ community. 

Check our events calendar for The Gathering’s upcoming dates 

Rainbow Game Night: An adult game night offered at our Cyril Clark location that provides a diverse collection of games to browse from! We promise our guests a safe and inclusive space that’ll allow you to comfortably connect and foster positive connections with other queer and allied individuals within our Brampton community.

Check out our Events calendar for Rainbow Game Night’s upcoming dates 

Pride Book Club: A virtual book club to connect with queer and allied individuals to discuss promising titles from featured 2SLGBTQ+ authors and a diverse collection of 2SLGBTQ+ focused novels waiting to be discovered.

Join the waitlist for our Pride Book Club’s virtual meetings 

Digital Resources

For those who prefer digital resources, the Brampton Library offers a variety of ebooks, audiobooks, and other online features that are accessible from the comfort of your own home!

Check out our collection of e-resources

Kanopy: A streaming platform to access 2SLGBTQ+ films and documentaries that celebrate and explore queer lives and histories.

Stream your favourite LGBTQ+ films on Kanopy 

A Personal Perspective

As the temporary Marketing and Communications Assistant and a queer person of colour living in Brampton, I’ve found Brampton Library to be a sanctuary and a source of empowerment. Growing up, I often struggled to find representation in the media and literature. Working at Brampton Library has allowed me to not only discover a wealth of resources that resonate with my identity but also to help others find the same connection and understanding.

Being part of the Brampton community, I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact that access to inclusive resources can have. It’s fulfilling to witness other young readers discover books that reflect their experiences, or community members engaging in meaningful discussions during our events. The library isn’t just a place to borrow books; it’s a hub for learning, connection, and celebration.

Join Us in Celebrating Pride

This Pride Month, we invite you to explore the resources and programs Brampton Library has to offer. Whether you’re looking to educate yourself, find community, or simply enjoy a good book, the library is here to support you. Celebrate with us, and let’s continue to create a more inclusive and understanding community together.

Visit Brampton Library’s website to learn more about our Pride Month events and resources. Happy Pride!

Seeing authors present their works in real time with other fans and book lovers is a magical and unforgettable experience. That’s why we are excited to partner with the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) next week with FREE watch parties in four of our branches.

This year’s FOLD kicks off with virtual programming from April 28 - May 1 before moving to in-person events in downtown Brampton from May 2 - 5. If you’re curious, what better way to learn more than to attend a FOLD x Brampton Library Watch Party?! Crossing genres, themes, and formats, these free in-branch experiences are worth a look:

Watch Party #1 in two parts:

Sunday, April 28, 2024, Cyril Clark Branch Library

  • 11 a.m.: Meet the FOLD team at the virtual kick-off
  • 12 p.m: Stay for FREADOM: Authors on Activism

What is the role of writers in a turbulent world? In this conversation with Wildseed Executive Director Jessica Kirk (Moderator), authors Farzana Doctor, Marjorie Beaucage, and Rodney Diverlus discuss the role of authors in times of crisis, including how to balance the work of writing with the demands of political engagement and activism.

Watch Party #2:

Monday, April 29, 2024, Springdale Branch Library

  •  7 p.m.: Fun with Fiction

Covering an array of genres and styles, authors Natalie Sue, Craig Shreve and Mai Nguyen discuss their most recent novels and the process of crafting an imagined story with incredible plot and characters.

Watch Party #3:

Tuesday, April 30, 2024, Mount Pleasant Village Branch Library

  • 7 p.m.: Navigating Ghosts: Memoirs and Memories

In this panel of memoir writers, authors Tara Sidhoo Fraser, Tania De Rozario and Tessa Hulls discuss the stories behind personal accounts that tackle themes of mental health, grief, disability, and loss. Discover the ideas that influenced three impressive works of creative non-fiction -- each with their own unique format.

Watch Party #4:

Wednesday, May 1, 2024, Chinguacousy Branch Library

  • 12 p.m. Writing Distinct Voices, participants will be seated at tables to facilitate participation

Whether you're writing an epic fantasy, an emotional love story, a suspenseful thriller, a dramatic family saga, or a charming romance, it's important to build characters who are complex and distinct -- characters with unique backstories and personality that provide dimension. In this workshop, writers of all levels explore different ways to enhance character voice through dialogue with author and literary agent Taj McCoy.

The journey of an international student in Canada is full of challenges and opportunities. Canada offers a lot of benefits to people who want to live in this beautiful country. 

Adjusting here can be a bit tough due to the high cost of most things and cultural differences. But you will adapt with time. For me to progress in my journey here, I needed to take my IELTS and get good bands. I had to practice all the sections to achieve my target band score.  

I researched for the best options available to help me prepare for my IELTS exam, and I found some free resources available with my Brampton Library card, in addition to resources available at the college which at the time were limited due to ongoing Covid 19 precautionary measures being followed by every institution in Canada. 

Road to IELTS provides free resources for general and academic tests for people wanting to practice and improve their brands. All you need is a Brampton Library card to access the free resources available at the library.Road to IELTS All you need is one platform

What I liked about the Road to IELTS is that you get a lot of practice tests to hone your skills. Also, there are various tips and tricks provided by the experts to help you get better bands. 

You can build your portfolio for jobs by learning new skills, by attending free programs or creating something of your own. Brampton Library offers free equipment with your library card, such as bird-watching kits, board games, GoPro kits, PAMA passes, Ontario Parks and more.   

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At the heart of our work as a public library lies a commitment to foster understanding, dialogue, and inclusion within our diverse community. That's why we are honoured to host the “Journeys Through Prejudice: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives" project presented by the Canadian Multicultural Heritage Council on Sunday, April 7 at from 2 - 3:30 p.m, at Four Corners Branch Library This initiative delves into the complex issue of discrimination and racism faced by South Asian Canadians, offering a multifaceted exploration through art, lived experiences, and research.

The project includes a free screening of a powerful short film, engaging dialogue with esteemed panelists, and an interactive conversation with participants. Through these components, attendees will gain valuable insights into the challenges and triumphs experienced by South Asian Canadians in the face of prejudice and discrimination.

Central to the event will be the screening of a thought-provoking short film that encapsulates the struggles and resilience of South Asian Canadians. Following the screening, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with our distinguished guest panelists, Pardeep Singh Nagra and Lalji John.

Meet the Panelists:

Pardeep Singh Nagra brings a wealth of experience and advocacy to the discussion. As the Executive Director of the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada and a Board Trustee of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Pardeep is deeply committed to reconciliation and social justice. His journey, which inspired the production of the Hollywood movie "Tiger," reflects his dedication to sports, community service, and the pursuit of human rights. With numerous accolades recognizing his contributions, including the YMCA Canada Peace Medal and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, Pardeep continues to be a leading voice for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Lalji John, Chairman of the Canadian Multicultural Heritage Council, brings decades of experience in community leadership and advocacy. Having immigrated to Canada over 50 years ago, Lalji has played pivotal roles in various non-profit organizations, contributing to the cultural enrichment and empowerment of diverse communities. His vision and dedication have led to the successful implementation of numerous projects, including the International Film Festival of South Asia (IFFSA) Toronto and the Heritage Sounds Music Festival.

We invite you to join us for this enlightening and thought-provoking program as we delve into the diverse journeys of South Asian Canadians through the lens of prejudice and discrimination. Together, let us embrace dialogue, understanding, and solidarity in our shared pursuit of a more inclusive society. Mark your calendars for April 7th and be part of this transformative experience.


Welcome to Black History Month 2024! Here at Brampton Library, honouring the successes, challenges, and resilience of the Black community locally and in Canada is a way of fulfilling our mission to build an inclusive community. Visit our website to discover the programs and resources that are freely available to you.

The Black community in Brampton has deep roots. From a small number of settlers in the nineteenth century – likely escaped and freed former slaves – the community has grown through successive waves of migration from elsewhere in North America as well as the Caribbean and Africa. 

Today, the Black community is the second-largest visible minority group in Peel, comprising over 137,000 people in 2021, 62% of whom live in Brampton. They work in multiple professions, operate thriving businesses, and are active in churches, community organizations, and the arts. 

This month – and throughout the year – I invite you to experience the vibrancy of Black culture, seek out  Black-owned businesses and participate in events such as those held by Brampton on Stage,  Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives and of course Brampton Library. I hope to see you here!

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