Tween LGBTQ+ Book Club
by Yoli, Marmalade Branch
If you haven't heard yet about our newest book club, now's your chance! The Tween LGBTQ+ Book Club meets virtually, hosted by librarians from Sweet Branch and Marmalade Branch libraries. This book club is an inclusive, safe, monthly hangout for LGBTQ+ youth and allies. The club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 4:30pm. Tweens and Teens are welcome. Our next meeting is December 15. Join us here.
We know what you are thinking. “I’m already tired of Zoom school, I’m not really sure I want to read more books.” Well, we totally understand that! That’s why we have put together a care package (you can request here) that includes a craft and treat, plus a copy of the book or graphic novel you will get to keep! (while supplies last). We hope to spread some light and cheer during these difficult pandemic times.
We think there will be some great conversations sparked by the contents of the care package. A conversation might go something like this:
Person 1: Okay, so what did you think about the Box of Boogers (candy)? What are these librarians thinking!
Person 2: Uh...I was skeptical at first, but sour candy is my jam, so I ate them. Not bad. What did you make with your perler beads?
Person 1: I made Garnet from Steven Universe.
Person 2: I made Peridot!
Person 3: I made a rainbow and made it into a pin!
Person 2: Eek! Show me! Oh cool! What did you do with your string of lights?
Person 1: I wrapped them inside a mason jar.
Person 3: Okay, if you were a tea dragon, what kind of tea dragon would you be?
Person 2: Definitely a peppermint Tea Dragon, since peppermint is my favorite tea.
Person 3: I like this Hibiscus because it is chonk. Super cuuuuute!
Person 1: Okay, what did you notice about the LGBTQ representation in this book?
Person 2: There was soooo much representation. Let’s discuss.
At its heart, this club is about promoting reading, and affirming LGBTQ+ identities. I know that reading books about characters that I personally identify with has been such a positive experience for me, and I also enjoy reading books about people who are different from me. I love that The City Library has such a good selection of books written by LGBTQ+ authors. We built this reading list for the club and it will be updated constantly. I hope to see you at the next club meeting! Thanks for reading!
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