Celebrate Love, Romance and Sexuality with KFPL

Published on: 2022/02/07 - in Releases

RELEASE — It’s time to spice up your Valentine’s Day celebrations! Kingston Frontenac Public Library is your destination for something steamy — and educational.

“The Kingston Frontenac Public Library is committed to offering inclusive and diverse programming to meet the needs of our community,” said Liz Coates, Manager, Programming & Outreach. “We’re excited to showcase our romance collection and offer a unique and fun Valentine’s Day experience for our patrons.”

Register to take home one of our Between the Covers Romance Reading Kits, featuring a selection of our hottest titles to borrow. Patrons get to keep dark chocolate, a candle, bath bomb, condoms, personal lubricant and a variety of sexual health resources in partnership with HIV/AIDS Regional Services and the Sexual Health Resource Centre.

All kits are gender/sexuality inclusive and include resources suitable for those who are single as well as those who are in a relationship. Please note the kits contain scented products. They will be distributed to patrons’ preferred branches the week of Feb. 14.

“The HIV/AIDS Regional Services (HARS) is very excited to be partnering with the Kingston Frontenac Public Library [and the Sexual Health Resource Centre] to celebrate the season of love and promote the importance of sexual healthcare,” said Kate Simpson (she/they), HARS Women’s Community Development Coordinator. “As part of our Love Positive Women campaign, we are hoping to encourage folks to learn more about PEP [post-exposure prophylaxis], PrEP [pre-exposure prophylaxis], and other safer sex practices.”

On Feb. 16, join scientists from the Sexuality and Gender Lab (SageLab) at Queen’s University for The Sex Ed You Didn’t Get.

You might remember Sex Ed as the awkward class where you had to watch your gym teacher put a condom on a broom. No talk of pleasure or sexual desire —- just handouts with diagrams on them. If you got lucky, maybe you got a lecture about that “special someone.”

Don’t worry: SageLab clinical psychology PhD students Trinda Penniston and Nina Micanovic are here to update you on the science of sexual desire, arousal and pleasure, and how the SageLab’s sex scientists are helping you learn more about you and your partner’s/partners’ sexuality. Bring yourself, your friends, and that/those special someone(s)!

“Sexuality is such an important part of people’s lives and with the way it is portrayed in media, people often have misconceptions about their own, and others’ sexualities,” Penniston said. “Nina and I hope people will learn a little bit about their own sexuality in our talk, their relationships with themselves and others, and also how to look at sexuality through a diverse lens. We were happy to be approached by the Kingston Frontenac Public Library to engage with the community on this and showcase some of our research.”

Finally, for those who want to cozy up with a book, we have two themed May We Suggest collections: books about relationships, and books about sex and sexuality. There’s something for everyone at your public library!

Release | Image (cropped): Kingston Frontenac Public Library