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Read with Pride

June is Rainbow Book Month, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender, and asexual community.  It is an initiative of the American Library Association and is coordinated through its Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services.  ALA supports LGBTQIA+ literature through the Stonewall Book Award as well as the Rainbow Book List (for youth) and the Over the Rainbow Book List (for adults).  All are excellent resources for finding titles for everyone in the family to read this month.  The ones with an asterisk are books I have personally read and recommend.  They are all youth titles because I'm a youth librarian.  But I've added many of the adult books to my to-read list!

Stonewall Book Awards
The Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Awards are given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.  In 2020, there were two winners and three honor books.
1. * When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by Kavlani Juanita
2. The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, illustrated by Anshika Khullar
1. * Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (ebook & audiobook available on Libby)
2. Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian (audiobook available on Hoopla)
3. * The Best At It by Maulik Pancholy (ebook & audiobook available on Libby)

The Barbara Gittings Literature Award and the Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award are presented to English language books that have exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience. 
Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis
Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (ebook & audiobook available on Libby) 
Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn (ebook & audiobook available on Libby, audiobook also on Hoopla)
How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones (ebook & audiobook available on Libby)
In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado (ebook & audiobook available on Libby)

Rainbow Book List
The Rainbow Book List is a curated bibliography highlighting books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content, aimed at children and youth from birth to age 18. This list is intended to aid youth and those working with youth in selecting high-quality books.  (This blog does not contain every single title on the 2020 list.)
1. * Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution. by Rob Sanders & Jamey Christoph
2. * It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn & Noah Grigni
3. Ho’onani : Hula Warrior by Heather Gale & Mika Song
4. * Maiden & Princess by Daniel Haack, Isabel Galupa & Becca Human
5. * Jacob's Room to Choose by Sarah Hoffman, Ian Hoffman & Chris Case
6. My Footprints by Bao Phi & Basia Tran
7. * A Plan for Pops by Heather Smith & Brooke Kerrigan
1. You Be You! The Kid’s Guide to Gender, Sexuality, and Family by Jonathan Branfman & Julie Benbassat
2. What Was Stonewall? by Nico Median & Jake Murray
3. *The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets by Gayle E. Pitman & Fred Sargeant
1. Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
2. * The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake (ebook & audiobook available on Libby)
3. * Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker
4. Summer of a Thousand Pies by Margaret Dilloway
5. * Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt (audiobook available on Libby)
6. * The Moon Within by Aida Salazar (ebook available on Libby)
1. Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet into the Stonewall Era edited by Jason Baumann
2. Viral: The Fight Against AIDS in America by Ann Bausum
3. Trans+: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You by Kathryn Gonzales & Karen Rayne
4. Brave Face: A Memoir by Shaun David Hutchinson
1. Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Boteju Tanya
2. The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta
3. The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta
4. The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu (ebook & audiobook available on Libby)
5. * The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake (ebook available on Libby)
6. All the Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle (ebook & audiobook available on Libby)
7. Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin
8. Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins (ebook available on Libby)
9. Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson (ebook available on Libby, audiobook on Hoopla)
10. That's Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger
11. * The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (ebook available on Libby, audiobook on Hoopla)
12. The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg (ebook available on Libby)
13. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand (ebook available on Libby, audiobook on Hoopla)
14. Once & Future by Cori McCarthy & Amy Rose Capetta (ebook & audiobook available on Libby)
15. Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore (ebook available on Libby)
16. We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia (ebook available on Libby)
17. All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell
18. The Prom: A Novel Based on the Hit Broadway Musical by Saundra Mitchell
19. By Any Means Necessary by Candace Montgomery
20. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (ebook available on Libby)
21. The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junaunda Petras
22. Sometime After Midnight by L. Philips
23. The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston (ebook & audiobook available on Libby)
24. Death Prefers Blondes by Calel Roehrig
25. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell (ebook & audiobook available on Libby)
26. Keep This to Yourself by Tom Ryan (ebook & audiobook available on Hoopla)
27. Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve
28. You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman (ebook available on Libby & Hoopla)
29. Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley
30. Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon
31. Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells
32. Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler
33. How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters
34. Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia
1. Stage Dreams by Melanie Gillman
2. The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O'Neill
3. Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass by Lilah Sturges (ebook available on Hoopla)
4. * Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki (ebook available on Libby)
5. Cosmoknights by Hanna Templer (ebook available on Hoopla)
6. The Avant-Guards, Volume 1 by Carly Usdin (ebook available on Hoopla)
7. On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
8. Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu (ebook available on Hoopla)

The Over the Rainbow Book List
The Over the Rainbow Book List is a bibliography that reflects the LGBT experience and is meant for general adult readers.  It is curated by ALA's Rainbow Roundtable.  (This blog does not contain every single title on the 2020 list).
1. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (ebook & audiobook available on Libby)
2. Frankissstein: A Love Story by Jeanette Winterson (ebook & audiobook available on Libby, ebook & audiobook also on Hoopla)
3. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (ebook available on Libby, ebook & audiobook also on Hoopla)
4. Grease Bats by Archie Bongiovanni (ebook only on Hoopla)
5. In at the Deep End by Kate Davies
6. The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite (ebook only on Libby)
7. Last Night in Nuuk by Niviaq Kornelliussen
8. Leading Men by Christopher Castellani
9. Lie with Me by Philippe Besson
10. The Melting Queen by Bruce Cinnamon (ebook only on Hoopla)
11. Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett (audiobook available on Libby & Hoopla)
12. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (ebook available on Libby)
13. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (ebook & audiobook available on Libby)
14. Sugar Run by Mesha Maren (ebook & audiobook available on Hoopla)
15. Thorn by Anna Burke (ebook only on Hoopla)
16. The Tradition by Jericho Brown
1. Amateur: The True Story of What Makes a Man by Thomas Page McBee (ebook available on Libby)
2. Brown, White, Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion by Nishta J. Mehra (ebook available on Libby)
3. Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister by Anne Choma
4. Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall by James Polchin
5. Mama's Boy: A Story from Our Americas by Dustin Lance Black
6. Pride: The LGBTQ+ Rights Movement: A Photographic Journey by Christopher Measom
7. Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia
8. Unashamed: A Coming-Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians by Amber Cantorna

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Access Mango online language learning without a library card!

Hoover Public Library is excited to announce participation in Mango Languages’ Public Library Community Outreach Initiative. In order to connect as many members of our community as possible with learning opportunities, any Jefferson or Shelby County resident can now access Mango’s language learning software for free through the library’s website — no library card needed.

While the population is being asked to remain apart physically, many are turning to technology to feel connected with others. Prior to this initiative, Mango was exclusive to Hoover residents. That barrier has been removed for a limited time, providing easier access to over 70 world language courses, including English.

Learning a language offers opportunities to improve mental stimulation, cultivate relationships, expand cultural awareness, seek new employment opportunities, and of course, connect with others. Mango teaches language and culture through proven methodologies that build conversation-ready language skills, and is accessible across mobile and desktop platforms with features that allow for offline learning.

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Kid Lit Coffee Break from My Living Room

Sunday, April 26 was supposed to be one of my Kid Lit Coffee Breaks, a chance for adults who love kid lit to talk about books while they drink coffee and eat decadent desserts.  I always love those Breaks, and I hate that I can’t host one in the usual way.  But this is National Library Week, and I must carry on!  I have my "Thank You for Being a Friend" Golden Girls mug of coffee, a jar of edible cookie dough, and a stack of books I’m eager to share with you.  So grab the beverage and treat of your choice, and let’s get started.



With anything from classes, book discussion groups, your favorite fiction and nonfiction materials, to live music our adult services is sure to have something for everyone!