LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE
Some of our Top Teen LGBTQ+ Reads to prove love is always stronger than hate.
Every June across the U.S., we celebrate Pride Month, in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of June 1969—a series of protests outside the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village—and the tipping point for the modern LGBTQ Rights movement.
This June, celebrate Pride Month by reading an excellent book!
*All titles can be found in The City Library catalog.
1. All Boys Aren't Blue, by George M. Johnson
In a series of personal essays, journalist and LGBTQ activist Johnson explores his childhood and adolescence growing up as a gay black man.
2. Always Human, by Ari North
North's graphic novel is about a developing relationship between two young women in a near-future, sci-fi setting. First serialized on the popular app and website WebToon, Always Human is drawn in a manga-influenced style and with an incredible color palette that leaps off the page!
3. Loveless, by Alice Oseman
Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever. This is a wise, warm and witty story of identity and self-acceptance as Georgia and her friends discover that true love isn’t limited to romance.
4. The Boy in the Red Dress, by Kristin Lambert
Do you love Veronica Mars? New Orleans? Drag queens? Good. Set in a 1929 New Orleans speakeasy, this is the book for you. A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery in this rollicking romp of truth, lies, and troubled pasts.
5. The Henna Wars, by Adiba Jaigirdar
When Dimple Met Rishi meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this rom com about two teen girls with rival henna businesses.
6. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, by Mariko Tamaki, Rosemary Valero-O'Connell
A graphic novel that asks us to consider what happens when we ditch the toxic relationships we crave to embrace the healthy ones we need.
7. Felix Ever After, by Kacen Callender
A novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time. An honest and layered story about falling in love, and recognizing the love you deserve.
8. Camp, by L.C. Rosen
Randy Kapplehoff loves spending the summer at Camp Outland, a camp for queer teens where he takes to the stage in the big musical. This year, Randy is determined to get his crush to notice him, even if it means reinventing himself as ‘Del’—buff, masculine, and on the market.
9. The Stars and the Blackness Between Them, by Junuda Petrus
Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petruss bold and lyrical debut is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.
10. Cemetery Boys, by Aiden Thomas
In this LGBTQ paranormal YA novel, a trans boy determined to prove his gender to his conservative Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave.
11. Girl, Serpent, Thorn, by Melissa Bashardoust
Bashardoust’s YA coming-of-age fairy tale puts a modern spin on the Persian epic the Shahnameh. Cursed from birth, Soraya must decide whether she’s ready to accept her own destiny, all while falling for female div Parvaneh and deciding what price she’s willing to pay for freedom.
*Find these and more titles in our City Library catalog
Growing Plants from Food Scraps
By Stephanie H.
House plants are a fun hobby, but let's be honest, it can be expensive to buy new plants. Luckily plants are amazing beings that can be cultivated in a variety of ways. Today we are going to learn how to grow plants from food scraps!
First up are green onions. These guys are so easy to regenerate. All you need for this project is, green onions, a jar (I like to repurpose old jam, pasta, and salsa jars) and water. After you use the green part of the green onion in some tasty way, take the white ends with the roots and plop them in a jar of water.
Next up are avocados. The giant brown pit in the center of an avocado is actually a seed. When you scoop the pit out, make sure to rinse off any gunk. Next, peel the papery husk off the pit, it's easier to peel it off if you soak it a little bit first.
Again, you will want to grab a jar and fill it up with water. In order to suspend the pit in the water you will need to stab toothpicks into either side. ( I did not have toothpicks so I ate a popsicle, broke the stick in half, and used that). Make sure to only submerge the bottom half of the pit in water, you can tell where the bottom of the pit is because it's wider than the top.
Finally, let's talk about growing pineapple plants. We will propagate the pineapple by twisting off it’s crown (the spiky leafy part on top) . This can be a little difficult so make sure you use all your force to twist the crown.
Next, peel off the bottom leaves on the crown until you get a one inch nub. There are small bumps in a ring around the bottom half of the crown that may look like bugs, but those are actually beginning stages of roots. Place the crown in another jar of water, and roots will grow in about a month. When the roots are 4 inches long, pot it up in soil. Only water when the soil is dry, I usually stick a popsicle stick or wooden chopstick in the soil and if it comes out dry, it's time to water.
A Few More Plant Care Tips
If you are interested in trying to grow other plants from food scraps check out: Don’t Throw It, Grow It! By Deborah Peterson and Millicent Selsam, from The City Library.
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