Monday, 9 June 2014

Sunday June 8th, 2014 Thunder Pride

The week of June 8-15 Thunder Bay will be celebrating its 4th annual Thunder Pride. The week will be full of events and activities for the whole community, including movie nights, drag shows and a parade on the 14th. The week is for acceptance of everyone, but especially the LGBTQA2S community.  You can find the agenda for Thunder Pride at its website: Thunder Bay Public Library is committed to reflecting the diversity of society in all of our collections, including picture books, Young Adult titles, fiction and non-fiction, and are excited to participate in Pride in the Park as part of the Ally Alley. Find us there to check out some of the books mentioned below in person!

We have some excellent children’s picture books, like the well-known, best selling and award-winning And Tango Makes Three. This is the true story of Roy and Silo, two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo who add a baby penguin to their family. Other titles include A Fire Engine For Ruthie, the story of a little girl who loves to play with “boys” toys and her grandmother who loves dolls and dress-up and The Great Big Book Of Families, a picture book illustrating all kinds of diversity.

Our largest collection of LGBTQA2S materials can be found in our Young Adult section. Young adulthood can be a difficult time for all teens; however, it can be even more difficult for those who are part of the LGBTQA2S community. The library catalogue has many books about the coming out process and life afterwards, including It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating A Life Worth Living, GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens or Beyond Magenta : Transgender Teens Speak Out.

There are also many fictional stories featuring LGBTQA2S characters. If you are looking for stories about coming out as a gay male, we have my personal favourite,  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. Boyfriends With Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez and Boy Meets Boy by David Leviathan are two other great coming of age novels. If you are looking for novels about lesbian youth some titles include The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M Danforth, If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan and Hello Groin by Beth Goobie. In the transgender/genderqueer collection we have Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher and Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirsten Cronn-Mills. For those who identify as bisexual we have Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith and Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Finally, if you’re interested in graphic novels, there are stories told in this format as well, like Raina Telgemeier's celebrated and best-selling Drama, the Kevin Keller stories by Dan Parent about the newly added gay character in the Archie comics universe and A + E 4ever by Llike Merey. 

As you celebrate Thunder Pride week, come check out TBPL’s collection at our branches or find more suggestions online by visiting the TBPL Teen Zone --> Read This Next and Kids Space --> Good Books pages on our website. If you are interested in reviews of these titles, visit the TBPL Off the Shelf blog

Happy Thunder Pride!
Eric Stein

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