One of my first projects here at my new library has been analyzing the YA fiction and nonfiction. Specifically, I’ve been weeding old titles that don’t circulate well and looking for collection gaps. One of the immediate gaps I noticed in my new collection was a lack of LGBT titles. With June being PRIDE month, I knew I wanted to do something about it.
So I went on a shopping spree and snagged some wonderful titles. I created a “PRIDE!” pennant banner and printed out LGBT triangles to hang in the window. Finally, I arranged the aforementioned titles and put them on display.
I’m really pleased with how this display turned out. More importantly, I’m pleased that I can be an ally and promote diverse books. Next year, I’ll expand the display to include additional gender identities (asexual, pansexual, etc.) I want all of my teens to be able to have access to characters they can identify with.
I’ve included a list of some of my recommended titles below. Any others you think I should add? Comment and let me know!
Everything Leads to You
Ask the Passengers
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel
A Love Story Starring my Dead Best Friend
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Two Boys Kissing
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
One Man Guy
Gone, Gone, Gone
Far From You
Empress of the World
Cut Both Ways
Fans of the Impossible Life
Boyfriends with Girlfriends
Not Otherwise Specified
I am J
Jumpstart the World