BIG PRIDE || little library
Inspired by Epilogue Book Cafe's Reading Rainbows, and with a drastic increase of nationwide book bans in classrooms and libraries, Ernest & Hadley Booksellers launched our very own BIG PRIDE // little library (aka "Pride-brary") on June 21, 2023. We, too, believe members of the LGBTQIA+ community should be represented in as many media forms as possible.
The Pride-brary is open 24/7/365 and is nestled in the back courtyard of the bookstore. We accept fiction and non-fiction contributions for all ages, but especially encourage middle grade, young adult, and new adult, as this Little Free Library (Charter #166710, 35401) is geared toward providing LGBTQ+ youth with accessible literature.
It's easy to make contributions* to the box through our website! If you are in need of a specific title, please inquire within during business hours if you feel comfortable, or email the store manager.
Here's how contributing* works:
ONLINE | We have some suggested titles below, but you can purchase books of your choosing, indicating in the Order Comments that the book(s)** is/are for the Pride Box. You can also let us decide which books to pick by making your contribution here.
IN STORE | In-person patrons can also purchase a book to donate by letting the cashier know at check-out that the book is for the Pride-brary/Pride box. You may also simply drop off donations from your own library at the front desk during store hours.
“The idea is that queer youth, or anyone who wants a free queer book, can just pick it up,” Gaby Iori, owner of Epilogue Books explains (Madison Ward for Chapelboro.com, 11/2022). Click here to read more about how Gabi's Chapel Hill store helped grow this concept.
* Please keep in mind that as of now Ernest & Hadley Booksellers is not a 501(c)(3) and cannot provide a receipt for tax purposes, nor remove the sales tax, that is, unless you provide your own applicable tax exempt ID at checkout. We offer a 10% discount to cover the tax obligation, so for that very reason...
** Please keep orders to donate separate from book orders you intend to keep, or list which titles are specifically for the Pride Box in your order comments.
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