LGBTQ+ 101 and 201 Workshops: A Summer Series @ Online
Jun 14 – Jul 27 all-day

These are one-hour LGBTQ+ 101 and 201 Professional Development sessions throughout the Summer to support educators and school staff in supporting their LGBTQ+ students!

The 101 Workshop will cover basic statistics regarding LGBTQ+ youth experiences, terminology, and best practices when working with LGBTQ+ youth.

The 201 Workshop will cover a deeper dive into statistics regarding LGBTQ+ youth experiences, specific labels and language in the LGBTQ+ community, and specific best practices when working with LGBTQ+ youth.

These events are PAY WHAT YOU CAN (suggested range $0-100) and will occur on the following dates/times:

LGBTQ+ 101:
Tuesday June 14th, 6-7pm

Friday July 8th, 12-1pm

Monday July 18th, 3-4pm

LGBTQ+ 201:

Thursday June 23rd, 12-1pm

Tuesday July 12th, 4-5pm

Wednesday July 27th, 5-6pm


Please visit for details and registration links.  Email Haeley at for more information!

Center Stage with Patrice Gopo and Derrick Barnes @ The Gallery at Morning Star
Jul 9 @ 11:00 am

Shelves will host local authors Patrice Gopo and Derrick Barnes on Saturday, July 9th at The Gallery at Morning Star located at 12509 Idlewild Rd in Matthews, NC. This family friendly conversation and book signing will celebrate their new children’s books: All the Places We Call Home (Gopo) which will be published by WorthyKids on Tuesday, June 14th, and The Queen of Kindergarten (Barnes), which hit shelves on May 24th. Fellow Charlotte-based author Alicia D. Williams will moderate the conversation with Patrice and Derrick followed by an in-person book signing by all three.

To RSVP for this event, guests must purchase at least 1 copy of All the Places We Call Home or The Queen of Kindergarten per household. Your book purchase will serve as your household’s event ticket. At checkout, please indicate the total number of children that will accompany you to the event. If you prefer to pick up your book(s) in person, you must select that option under [Shipping].

IMPORTANT! If you purchase other books written by any of the 3 authors with your copy of All the Places We Call Home or The Queen of Kindergarten, you will receive a special discount at checkout.


DONATE A BOOK! At checkout under [Shipping], you will also have the option to donate All the Places We Call Home or The Queen of Kindergarten to a family that would like to attend our event on Saturday, July 9th. If we are unable to find a family to gift the book(s) to, then we will deliver your donation to Promising Pages.

Charlotte Welcoming Week 2022
Sep 9 – Sep 18 all-day

Charlotte was recently the first city in North Carolina, and in the Southeast region, to achieve the Certified Welcoming designation from Welcoming America.  Through Welcoming Week, organizations and communities bring together neighbors of all backgrounds to build strong connections and affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places to achieve prosperity.  Save the date, and more details will be forthcoming!  For more information, please visit

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