I call upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists.” President Barack Obama, May 31, 2011
President Obama spoke these words during his address to the nation recognizing LGBTQ Pride Month, which occurs every June. Here at San Jose Public Library we are celebrating the achievements of our LGBTQ community and continue to support equality for all. Some of your local branches may have Pride Month book displays and organizations around the city will be hosting dances, parades, and other events. Stay tuned to our blog for more Pride Month information in the coming weeks.
I want to share some of teen books we have recently added to our collection which feature LGBTQ characters. This is a small portion of the amazing books we have to offer. These books are great reads no matter how you identify. Step into another’s shoes or find a character you can relate to; we would love to see your reviews in our Catalog!
My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan by Seth Rudetsky
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.
Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Brendan Halpin
Feeling humiliated and confused when his best friend Tessa rejects his love and reveals a long-held secret, high school senior Luke must decide if he should stand by Tessa when she invites a female date to the prom, sparking a firestorm of controversy in their small Indiana town.
It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It) by Julie Anne Peters
Told in separate voices, Azure, who is a lesbian, and Luke, who is bisexual, help plan an inclusive senior prom while Luke is writing and producing a musical about his life, both are working through the crush they have on their friend Radhika, and all three are dealing with problems at home.
Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz
Struggling with the aftermath of the September 11 attacks and sniper shootings throughout the Washington, D.C. area, Craig and Lio consider a romantic relationship that is complicated by Craig's ex-boyfriend, Lio's broken family, and the death of Lio's brother.
Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis
Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Hoole
The summer after high school graduation and one year after her mother's tragic death, Anna and her long-time best friend Kat set out on a road trip across the country, armed with camping supplies and a copy of Jack Kerouac's Dharma Bums, determined to be open to anything that comes their way.
37 Things I Love (in No Particular Order) by Kekla Magoon
Fifteen-year-old Ellis recalls her favorite things as her mother's desire to turn off the machines that have kept Ellis's father alive for two years fill the last four days of her sophomore year with major changes in herself and her relationships.
Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin
During the summer of 1926 in the lake resort town of Excelsior, Minnesota, sixteen-year-old Garnet, who dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology, is resigned to marrying a nice boy and settling into middle-class homemaking until she takes a liberating job in a hat shop and begins an intense, secret relationship with a daring and beautiful flapper.
Adaptation by Malinda Lo
In the aftermath of a series of plane crashes caused by birds, seventeen-year-old Reese and her debate-team partner, David, receive medical treatment at a secret government facility and become tangled in a conspiracy that is, according to Reese's friend, Julian, connected with aliens and UFOs.
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
"Astrid Jones copes with her small town's gossip and narrow-mindedness by staring at the sky and imagining that she's sending love to the passengers in the airplanes flying high over her backyard. Maybe they'll know what to do with it. Maybe it'll make them happy. Maybe they'll need it. Her mother doesn't want it, her father's always stoned, her perfect sister's too busy trying to fit in, and the people in her small town would never allow her to love the person she really wants to: another girl named Dee. There's no one Astrid feels she can talk to about this deep secret or the profound questions that she's trying to answer. But little does she know just how much sending her love and asking the right questions will affect the passengers’ lives, and her own, for the better." -- Provided by publisher.
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
"Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl's body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents--all while trying to come out as transgendered. An audition for a station in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a better life in the big city. But his entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out Gabe, the popular DJ, is also Elizabeth from school." -- Provided by publisher.
The Sin-Eater’s Confession by Ilsa J. Bick
While serving in Afghanistan, Ben writes about incidents from his senior year in a small-town Wisconsin high school, when a neighbor he was trying to help out becomes the victim of an apparent hate crime and Ben falls under suspicion.
The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door by Karen Finneyfrock
Fourteen-year-old Celia, hurt by her parents' separation, the loss of her only friend, and a classmate's cruelty, has only her poetry for solace until newcomer Drake Berlin befriends her, comes out to her, and seeks her help in connecting with the boy he left behind.
When Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon
Neil Byrne, a teenager in Dublin, Ireland, in the 1990s, comes to terms with the fact that he is gay and seeks acceptance from his friends and family.
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
Tired of being known as "the gay kid", Rafe Goldberg decides to assume a new persona when he comes east and enters an elite Massachusetts prep school but trying to deny his identity has both complications and unexpected consequences.
The library is a safe place where you can come and be yourself. For anyone struggling with bullying or harassment, remember It Gets Better! If you want book recommendations or referals to local LGBTQ organizations talk to your local librarian today.
City of Bohane, Irish writer Kevin Barry's futuristic novel was selected as the winner of the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Award. This award, the largest prize for a single novel published in English, is chosen from nominations made by public libraries around the globe, including San Jose Public Library.
Read The Case of the Deadly Desperados, by Caroline Lawrence, and you, too, can experience the world of the American Frontier in 1862. Join twelve year old P.K. Pinkerton in his attempt to escape from truly dastardly desperados who are after a piece of paper he inherited. Find out about life in Virginia City during the heyday of the silver mines, when people from all over the world came there to find their fortune. Experience the chills and thrills with P.K., who must think like a detective if he is to survive. Enjoy the oddly formalized language used, a special treat for those who liked the book True Grit.
This book is the first in the Western Mysteries series.
The term "California poet" is a broad one. Lorna Dee Cervantes grew up in San Jose, and her poems often refer to local landmarks like the 280 overpass that crosses Almaden. Billy Collins grew up elsewhere and teaches in New York, but he took his Ph.D. from U.C. Riverside. Charles Bukowski is as identifiably an LA writer as Raymond Chandler, but his poems seldom flag particular spots.
Their styles and subjects are as different as their origins. Cervantes is passionate, even angry. Her words describe the beginning of the arc of life. Bukowski's work describes the downward curve of the arrow. He looks back over a tough life; his grubby words are lit by the light of a smoggy LA afternoon. Collins is the most distinctive. His poems are most often simple-seeming, quietly humorous, but thoughtful meditations on topics tranging from postcards to clouds.
For summer reading, try at least one of them.
The San Jose Public Library's Summer Reading Celebration kicks off today and children and teens can sign up for their respective programs at any branch. But summer reading is not just a kids' activity! Adults can sign up too. If you have children perhaps you'd like to sign up for summer reading along with them and make the experience a family affair, but no kids are required for adult summer reading fun!
Partipants in the adult summer reading program can entered biweekly drawings for the following prizes:
If you register at your local branch, staff will give you an activity card, or if you sign up online you can print your own activity card. Complete five activities in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) and return it to the library in time to be entered into each biweekly drawing. Most importantly, have a great time reading!
Bored of reading the same high school drama stories over and over again? Tired of reading about the normal and natural things in life? Well then, why not read about the supernatural? You see, Kaylee thought she was living a normal life too, but then one little hidden detail in her life changes everything. Kaylee was fine when all she had to worry about was school and boys, now she has a family lineage and a superpower (if you can even call it that) to worry about too. If that’s isn't enough, kids start dropping dead at her high school, and she's the only person who can stop the murderer.
If you want to know what happens, read My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent.
Finished with My Soul To Take? Read the sequels!
OverDrive is offering unlimited access to an eBook version of Michael Malone's, The Four Corners of the Sky, from now until June 1, 2013. It's available in the following eBook formats: Adobe ePub, Adobe PDF, Overdrive READ, and Kindle.
OverDrive's Big Library Read program spotlights one title for a set time period for library patrons around the world to read simultaneously, creating a global "library book club."
The Four Corners of the Sky is master storyteller Michael Malone's new novel of love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of families. In small towns between the North Carolina Piedmont and the coast, dangerous clouds can boil out of all four corners of the sky. In such a storm, on Annie Peregrine's seventh birthday, her father gave her the airplane and minutes later drove out of her life. Thus begins an enchanting novel that sweeps you off on a journey of unforgettable characters, hilarious encounters, and haunting secrets. Is love a choice or a calling? Why do the ties of family bind so tightly? And is forgiveness a gift to others...or a gift we give ourselves?
This eBook edition contains a special introduction by Michael Malone specifically for the Big Library Read program.
From June-August, Family Learning Center of Tully Community Branch Library will begin our 3 month ESL Reading-Beginning Level course. The program is taking place every Thursday from 4:30-5:30 PM starting June 6. This FREE ESL Reading class is specially designed for English learners to improve basic reading skills. Adult ESL learners will gain reading comprehension and vocabularies of English language. Pronunciation and phonics will be introduced during class time. Students will be required to take pre-assessment test at the beginning of this 12-session course to estimate where they are in English reading. At the end of this 3 month class, students will be then asked to take the same test to measure their improvement.
The class takes place every Thursday from 4:30-5:30 PM. We'll provide you a booklet of collective reading lessons from various Family Learning Center resources. Students are encouraged to finish the course. Graduates will receive a certificate of 12-hour ESL Reading Class completion and earn possession of the booklet.
Note: This class is designed for beginning readers, approximately 1st-3rd grade reading levels. Students who look for help in advanced reading level (or 3rd grade reading and above), please contact Partners in Reading (PAR) at 408-808-2361.
Esta clase gratis de ESL es especialmente para que estudiantes deseando mejorar las habilidades básicas de la lectura de inglés. Los estudiantes obtendrán comprensión de lectura y vocabulario del idioma inglés a través de sesiones de práctica y ejercicios de lectura. Por favor acompáñenos cada Jueves de 4:30-5:30 PM (dura 3 meses). Necesita registro. Hablar con Chieu 408-808-3030.
Quý vị sẽ học đọc Tiếng Anh qua chương trình ESL. Lớp học sẽ có phần học căn bản ngữ vựng, tập đọc,và hiểu những gì đọc. Chương trình thực hiện cho ba tháng, bắt đầu Ngày 6, Tháng 6 đến Ngày 29, Tháng 8. Gọi cô Chiêu 408-808-3030 để tham dự.
Are you a young adult who enjoys listening to audiobooks? Or an adult who enjoys listening to young adult (YA) audiobooks? Or just someone with an interest in audiobooks? Then let me tell you about a great program happening this summer. For the third year in a row, SYNC, sponsored by AudioFile, is offering two free audiobook downloads per week from May 30 to June 5, 2013. The downloads consist of one current YA title thematically paired with a classic title. These eAudiobooks are yours to keep and listen to whenever you want to. Just visit this page every week starting Thursday, May 30, 2013 to download the two titles.
See the selections from SYNC for Summer 2013 below!
And if you can’t wait or you want to preview the offerings, you can always check out some version of each title from SJPL. See the link after each for SJPL’s offerings.
June 6 – June 12, 2013
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood (SJPL)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (SJPL)