James V. Brown Library has books to commemorate Pride Month

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LGBTQ Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots in 1969. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world and to remember those who paved the way for the LGBTQ community. The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., has books for all ages in observance of June as LGBTQ Pride Month.

To find titles related to this topic, visit jvbrown.edu, select “Books/Movies/Music” and then do a keyword search for “lgbt” or “lgbtq.”

Some notable books include:

• Ages 4 to 8: “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson, is the bestselling, heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family. At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo get the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.

• Third to seventh grades: “George,” by Alex Gino. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever.

• Third to seventh grades: “Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag,” by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Steven Salerno. In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today’s world.

• Teens: “Boy Meets Boy,” by David Levithan. This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance. This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.


• Fiction: “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” by Ocean Vuong. The cover calls this a novel, but the autobiographical overlaps are many: A gay Vietnamese American poet, an October birth outside Saigon, an other-side-of-the-world escape, a biracial single mother, a Hartford, Connecticut, upbringing, a New York City education

• Nonfiction: “Untamed,” by Glennon Doyle. For many years, Glennon Doyle denied her own discontent. Then, while speaking at a conference, she looked at a woman across the room and fell instantly in love. Three words flooded her mind: There she is.

For help in selecting books about this topic, call the library during opening hours to have a staff member help with recommendations and to place items on hold.

Remember, during this time, you can place holds on items available at the James V. Brown Library and pick them up when they are ready. No holds can be filled at this time from other Lycoming County libraries.

— The James V. Brown Library is open for holds pickup service from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The library building is closed to the public during this time. To place a hold, visit www.jvbrown.edu or call 570-326-0536 during the library’s operating hours.


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