LGBTQIA+ Book Recommendations
by the Teens from Alphabet Soup
Please enjoy this list of LGBTQIA+ books selected by Alphabet Soup teens, including their quotes describing why these books are worth reading.
Alphabet Soup is an inclusive, safe, (now virtual) hangout where LGBTQ+ teens and teen allies can explore identity through conversations, gaming, casual activities, and more! The group meets Wednesdays at 4pm. See our Events page for more details on attending one of our events.
This list includes teen and adult titles. Use your personal discretion in deciding which books are appropriate for you, and feel free to ask for more recommendations on a particular topic through our contact page.
This is Where You Left Me by Adam Silvera
(Teen Fiction) Call Number: TEEN Silvera
My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness by Kabi Nagata
(Manga) Call Number: MANGA My Lesbi
The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller
(Adult Fiction) Call Number: FICTION Miller
Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Abertalli
(Teen Fiction) Call Number: TEEN Albertal
Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens
(Teen Fiction) Call Number: TEEN Stevens
Loki: Agent of Asgard Series
(Graphic Novel) Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVEL Loki
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
(Graphic Novel) Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVEL Prince a
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
(Non-Fiction) Call Number: 306.768 Kuklin
All Boys Aren’t Blue, George M Johnson
(Biography) Call Number: BIO Johnson
Search for these books on our Library Catalog. Place a hold and use our Holds To Go system to get your books when the are ready for pick-up.
If you'd like more opportunities to talk about your favorite LGBTQIA+ books, check out our Tween LGBTQ Book Club, monthly on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 4:30pm. See our Facebook event page for more details.
Make a Mini Zine!
by Maddie, Main Library
Watch this video for a quick tutorial on how to make your own zine at home with only paper, scissors, and markers.
Want to read some zines?
Did you know that The City Library has one of the largest zine collections west of the Mississippi? Oh yeah. We've been collecting zines from around the country, and the world, since the 1990s, and have over 6,000 items. You can even search for them in the library catalog. Just do a keyword search for "zines." You'll even be able to place them on hold and come check them out. Rad.
You can also read some teen-made zines online in our Teen Squad collection. Look for the Mental Health Books Zine, and Learning About Social Equality Through Literature. If you'd like us to print a free copy for you, or help you print your own zines, see this page for more details.
A zine festival?
Did you know that The City Library has hosted an Alternative Press Festival every year for the last 11 years? Zine makers and other independent artists gather to share their creations, sell art, and talk about zines. Visit our Alt Press Fest archive to see posters, read interviews, and see art from past year's festivals.
This year's festival is happening virtually in October, but there will still be ways to get involved and take home some awesome local art. Don't miss the Teen Zine Reading on October 17th at 2pm, featuring local teen zine makers. Whether you’re a beginner or have your own zine series, we’d love to have you join! It will be a drop-in event, so no registration is required. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for event links and latest details on this year's festival.
Thanks for reading and have fun making art!
Gone Viral Booklist
by Yoli, Teen Librarian the Marmalade Branch
Libraries across the nation have seen an increase of checkouts of viral-themed books during the Covid-19 pandemic. We created this “Gone Viral” booklist to help you find some books that deal with pandemics, epidemics, quarantines, or viruses. The list includes both nonfiction and fiction selections. Check them out! Here’s an abbreviated list with some of my favorites!
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Grasshopper Jungle: a history by Andrew Smith
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
In Adelina Amouteru’s world, many people have succumbed to the “blood virus”. Her mother passed away when she was a child, leaving two daughters with their bitter and angry father. Adelina is a survivor, but bears some marks of the virus; she is missing one eye, and has silver white hair. The virus caused a mutation that gives her powers to create illusions. Adelina and other mutants are not welcomed by society; their physical changes and powers are considered demonic. She lives in an archaic time when a woman is expected to become a wife and mother, and since a marriage arrangement is out of the question, her father tries tries to sell her into slavery as a “mistress.” Instead of accepting her fate, she fights and runs, leaving her younger sister behind. Adelina meets other mutants, and they form an alliance against corrupt political rulers. As she learns to master her powers of illusion, she becomes an incredible fighter too. This book also explores how gaining power can make us lose sight of who we really are, and how family can be the key to remember the best parts of ourselves.
Thank you for reading my post about our library's Gone Viral booklist. Please take care of yourselves, and each other. And if you have any suggestions to add to this book list, please fill out this suggestion form.
A-Prompting We Go . . .
by Meagan & Chris
Whether you are an experienced writer, or have no earthly idea where to begin -- these prompts are for you.
We’ve designed these prompts with the express purpose of knocking you out of old grooves, known territories and familiar habits, jolting you into exploring new terrains, or, perhaps, old terrains . . . but with a sparkly new set of eyes.
As many writers will attest, there’s nothing like the odd bit of structure to free up your writing and, as you may soon see, many of these structures are fairly odd.
Consider these prompts, first and foremost, an invitation to have fun.
So loosen up, dive in, and see where they take you. We’d love to see what you come up with.
Find something small -- small enough to fit in a pocket: a cookie, a coin, a seedpod, a marble, a rag, a bit of bright, striped string, a...something, preferably not actively alive (except in that sparky, metaphorical sense -- i.e., no scorpions or baby birds).
Something found on a sidewalk, near a trail, under a stoop, in a key bowl -- something crows would consider. Collect it and bring it home.
Pick a number between 1 and 20. A handy 20-sided dice will do nicely (or use a random number generator online). Find your number and corresponding phrase from the list below, combine it with your object, and you are off to the races. If you are feeling inspired, choose another.
And --If you are up to sharing, please send us what you’ve come up with -- we’d love to post it.
Music Around the World
by Teen Volunteer Alex
Hi, I am Alex, a team leader of the Marmalade Library Teen Squad team. This is my fourth year volunteering at the library.
I worked on a project on music around the world in order to introduce young people to world music and how to use the excellent resources from the library to look for CDs that demonstrate the beautiful world around us. This is important for the community in Salt Lake City since it’s very diverse. Therefore, young people will have a better opportunity to learn about mother cultures and improve their imagination and creative minds.
Everyone is exposed to music in different ways. Babies might listen to music from mothers singing, and teens might get to listen to music that is recommended to them by others. I started playing piano at 5 years old. I eventually moved to take lessons from the U of U , school of music from first grade until now. Every Year, I participated in a Monster Concert that raised money that went toward free piano lessons for others.
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