Repost: LGBT+ Picture Books

It’s a busy month, so please forgive this re-run of a recent post.

A lot of people talk about how queer things shouldn’t be for kids. But, have you considered, that things can be queer without being sexual? Check out some of these lovely picture books that explore queer themes for all ages.

Red by Michael Hall

Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue. His teacher tries to help him be red (let’s draw strawberries!), his mother tries to help him be red by sending him out on a playdate with a yellow classmate (go draw a nice orange!), and the scissors try to help him be red by snipping his label so that he has room to breathe. But Red is miserable. He just can’t be red, no matter how hard he tries!

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Patrons’ Recommend: Four Hundred Souls

Chelsea Recommends:
Four Hundred Souls: A community history of African America, 1619-2019
edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Available in hardcopy – ebook audiobook

This is a book unlike any other I have ever read.

Ibram X. Kendi (author of several books including “How to be an Antiracist”) wanted to commemorate the 400th year anniversary of the day the ship the White Lion landed in what is now the U.S. and sold kidnapped Black people as slaves for the first documented time on those shores (though slavery had already existed in the Americas in the 1500s).

He and Keisha N. Blain (award-winning historian and professor at the University of Pittsburgh) worked with 90 authors to create this powerful tome. A timeline moves the compellation forward as historians, journalists, authors and poets share essays/historical fiction/poetry. 

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Genre Feature: Queer Books for Grown Folks

We ALWAYS post about YA books featuring queer protagonists, but somehow the adult fiction section gets missed. With that in mind, here are some newer selections for anyone looking to dip their toes into queer books written for the grown ups:

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.

With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.

available in hardcopy – ebook audiobook

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Happy Pride!

We just celebrated GAYpril, like, a month ago. Why are we now doing pride?

The current pride flag.

There are at least 240 reasons, that being the amount of bills currently in process around the US. These bills cover restrictions from making it impossible to change gender markers on licenses to refusing adoptions to queer couples. Put bluntly, gay rights are being targeted by conservatives across the nation.

We are very lucky that Vermont has more protections in place than the average state, but we are not immune to this hate. S.273 and H.659 are both active in our very own legislature. These bills explicitly target trans people.

So, with all this in mind, remember that libraries are a place for community, education, and acceptance. We support EVERYONE regardless of their gender expression/identity, sex, or sexual orientation.

And if you’re uncertain or afraid of LGBT+ folks, you’re welcome too. We can help you find resources to understand where queer folk are coming from and why you find them so intimidating. We’re here to help, not judge.

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Strawberry Fest is BACK!!!

Happy to FINALLY announce the return of our annual Strawberry Festival! This book sale has been gone far too long, but we will be holding it this year on Sunday, June 26th at the new Monkton Community Building (where the library and town hall now are).

If you are reading this post, we are ready for your donations! Please drop them by the library whenever we are open or contact the library to set up a special appointment outside of open hours:

Tuesdays 3 pm – 7 pm
Thursdays 3 pm – 7 pm
Fridays 9 am – 1 pm
Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm

PLEASE be considerate with your donations. Library staff have to handle each and every item you bring-handling damaged, unreadable, and/or unsaleable items takes away from time that could be spent waiting on customers, preparing for the summer reading program, or otherwise tending to the library operations.

We do not accept donations of:

DictionariesVHS tapes
EncyclopediasCassette tapes
TextbooksMusic CDs
Books with highlighter or notes in the marginsComputer software
Musty, moldy, or water damaged books 

 What will happen to the books I donate?

All donations are first evaluated for possible addition to our circulating collection. If not appropriate for this collection, it will be evaluated for inclusion in our Strawberry Fest book sale.

Library staff do not have the time, nor does the library have budgeted funds, to facilitate disposing of books we cannot use. We will ask you to pick up any books that we do not accept.

However, once we accept your donated books, we will take responsibility for their final disposition.

Page to Screen

It seems like there are ALWAYS movies and TV shows being made out of books. This post’s collection of recent adaptations is mostly aimed at younger audiences, but that doesn’t mean adults can’t enjoy them too. Especially any Alice Oseman adaptations that may or may not be listed below…

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
Now on Netflix

Charlie and Nick are at the same school, but they’ve never met … until one day when they’re made to sit together. They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance.

But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is more interested in Charlie than either of them realized.

available as an ebook

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Genre Feature: Pets

Did you know that May is National Pet Month? Here are some delightful stories about pets to share with your family and friends:

Frankie Gets a Doggy
by Amy Huntington

Frankie and dad are going on an adventure–to the animal shelter! Frankie meets lots of doggies–big ones and shaggy ones, shy one and snuggly ones–but which dog should they choose? And what if Kitty is unhappy about this new family member?

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Happy AAPI Heritage Month!

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, in which we celebrate the stories of Americans whose families have immigrated from Asian and Pacific Island Nations. Want to learn more? Check out some of the information available here.

Also…you could check out some of these books in our collection by AAPI authors.

The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

The swimmers are unknown to each other except through their private routines (slow lane, fast lane), and the solace each takes in their morning or afternoon laps. But when a crack appears at the bottom of the pool, they are cast out into an unforgiving world without comfort or relief.
One of these swimmers is Alice, who is slowly losing her memory. For Alice, the pool was a final stand against the darkness of her encroaching dementia. Without the fellowship of other swimmers and the routine of her daily laps she is plunged into dislocation and chaos, swept into memories of her childhood and the Japanese internment camp in which she spent the war.

Available in hardcopy – ebookaudiobook

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May Event Calendar

Our library has been awarded a grant through Vermont Community Foundation to host spring events! To kick off a month-long series, please join us each Saturday morning in May to celebrate spring.

May 7 @ 10am: Green Up and Grow!

Join the Monkton Tree Warden for readings, crafts, refreshments, tree planting and ID tips, and a raffle for free books! Start Green Up Day with us.

May 14 @ 10am: Look Closely

Come see what your eyes can’t! Monkton’s own Jan Schwartz will show us how to use a microscope to view the little things that come to life in spring! There will be refreshments, crafts, and a raffle for free books.

May 21@ 10am: Pizza Garden

Last Resort Farm’s Eugenie Doyle joins us to read her children’s book and talk to about growing a pizza garden! There will be refreshments, crafts, and a raffle for free books.

May 28 @ 10:30am: Watershed Wildlife

VINS (VT Institute of Natural Science) will be here with an array of animals for show and tell! Come see what lives all around us in our wonderful rural town. Once again, there will be refreshments, crafts, and a raffle for free books.

We can’t think of a better way to spend a spring day than to learn about plants and animals. Come Grow with Us! Rain or shine.

E-Book/Audiobook UPDATES

We have successfully updated our systems! Very little will change for your account, with two exceptions:

  1. You will have a password attached to your account now. It is your last name written in all capital letters. If you have any hyphens or spaces in your last name, please disregard them. Apologies–our systems are not advanced enough to accommodate anything beyond letters.
  2. Every two years, your account will expire. All you have to do to reactivate it is talk to a librarian, by email or phone.

Other than that, your account should be EXACTLY as you left it. All your holds should still be there.

If you experience any problems with your account, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

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