Lavender Library, Archives, and Cultural Exchange
The Lavender Library collects, maintains, preserves, and circulates materials to patrons in a safe and friendly environment. The library promotes the understanding to sexual diversity, and collects and preserves the community's history, writing, and memorabilia, by documenting for future generations the people, places, and events of Sacramento through its archival program.
Queer Crafternoon is a bimonthly event where members of the LGBTQ community get together and get crafty! We bring out the art supplies, glue, and creativity, as a group of five to twenty-five local community members gets together to make amazing art together, forging friendships and community bonds.
Queer Crafternoon is a great way to meet people, relax from the stresses of the week, and let one's creative spirit flow, in a safe affirming LGBTQ-friendly space.
Queer Crafternoon has served over 350 attendees since its founding in late 2006.
Our lending library, one of the core programs at Lavender Library and Cultural Exchange, consists of thousands of donated and purchased volumes, chronicling the history, present, and future of the LGBTQ community. These volumes, including multimedia offerings, are available for members to check out and for non-members to peruse within library walls. This collection is updated yearly with new donations and carefully curated purchases that help increase representation of the most marginalized identities within the LGBTQ community, with a focus on books about Transgender, Intersex, and Nonbinary-gender issues.
This program has been a core program at LLACE since we opened in 2000. We have sold more than 1,480 individual memberships since opening our doors, and checked out over 20,000 library items.
The Lavender Library and Cultural Exchange maintains a vast collection of archival materials, many of which are available for public perusal on demand, including hundreds of vintage books and thousands of archived copies of LGBTQ magazines extending back into the 1960's. This archive is the backbone of our local LGBTQ community's history, and continuously serves as a vital information source for historians, researchers, and community members interested in their history, a history not easily found in conventional libraries.
Success of this program is measured in maintaining material integrity of and access to the archives. As long as the archives exist and are accessible, this program is successful.
Quarterly, Lavender Library and Cultural Exchange hosts a Queer Families event, with a local Drag performer reading LGBTQ-oriented childrens' books and passages of young adult LGBTQ-oriented books to a diverse crowd of LGBTQ-identified youth, parents, their families and friends. The event extends for three hours and also involves refreshments, opportunities to socialize with likeminded community members, and to learn about other LGBTQ community and Lavender Library programs, events, and opportunities.
Our first event in 2016 which modeled the recurring series was a successful fundraiser for the Library, raising over $200 and helping over 45 attendees to connect with community and affirm queer family bonds. Our 2018 series wad funded by a grant from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence of Northern California. We held 4 events with over 75 attendees at the first 3 events. Our 4th event was held at the annual Hmong Queer Saub Celebration on December 15th with over 75 attendees. We will continue to host our quarterly Queer Families event with local Drag performers in 2019.