by Steve Zalusky
With Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) issues in the spotlight and often stormy debate swirls about such topics as transgender bathrooms and the civil rights of government contractors, libraries are not only providing books that provide a GLBT perspective, but are also protecting books from censorship.
The American Library Association (ALA), and hundreds of libraries will celebrate June 2016 as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and books that reflect the GLBT experience.
The celebration is consistent with ALA’s commitment to diversity, inclusiveness, and mutual respect for all human beings, as...READ MORE
by Bob Brawdy, courtesy of the Tri-City Herald
Fourteen years ago, the small room behind several heavy metal security doors at the Benton Franklin Juvenile Justice Center in Kennewick (WA) was an vacant meeting room with empty shelves lining the walls.
Today, thanks to a continued effort from Tri-City Kiwanis Club members like Bette and George Evans, the room has been transformed into a functioning library filled with more than 2,000 books and magazines.
The Richland couple have been involved since the inception of the service project in 2002. Originally, the library was a joint project between the Juvenile Justice Center and the...READ MORE
by Jeff Malachowski, courtesy of The Milford Daily News
Putting the finishing touches on a brightly colored landscape in a coloring book she received as a Christmas gift, Karen Leese proudly displayed her finished product to compliments from her friends at Bacon Free Library’s (MA) adult coloring group. “It’s beautiful,” Amy Steinmetz remarked before picking up a green colored pencil, continuing to fill blank space on her page.
Before attending the weekly adult coloring group at Natick's Bacon Free Library, Steinmetz, a local artist, did not know Leese, a trustee of the library, or any other members of the club. Over the past several months,...READ MORE
by Steve Zalusky
More than 50 residents signed challenge forms, aiming to get “My Princess Boy” and “This Day in June” off the shelves of the Hood County Library in Granbury, Texas.
But the library director, Courtney Kincaid, held her ground, refusing to cave under pressure.
“My Princess Boy,” written by Cheryl Kilodavis and illustrated by Suzanne DeSimone, is, according to goodreads.com, “a nonfiction picture book about acceptance. With words and illustrations even the youngest of children can understand, My Princess Boy tells the tale of 4-year-old boy who happily expresses his authentic self by happily dressing up in dresses, and enjoying traditional girl things such as jewelry and anything pink or sparkly.”
Written by...READ MORE
Review of the Day
Gregg Hurwitz (author)Scott Brick (reader)
Jan. 2016. 11.5hr. Brilliance, CD, $29.99 (9781491551943).
REVIEW. First published May 1, 2016 (Booklist). What is an ex-government assassin to do when he leaves the ultra-clandestine program that has been his life since he was young? For Evan Smoak, the answer is to put his tradecraft to use and become the Nowhere Man—an altruistic fixer who helps people with really big problems. Expert narrator Brick has the perfect material here to showcase his vocal versatility as he voices this compellingly soft-hearted hero hiding behind a facade of emotional detachment—as well as a large cast of characters, ranging from a precocious eight-year-old boy to a terrified... READ MORE
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