From the Shelf: LGBTQ Resources

Diversity. Diverse authors, diverse classes and programs, and a diverse community; that’s one of the things that the library is all about!  You might not have known this, but libraries have their own code of ethics that they adhere to. The American Library Association’s Code of Ethics is a broad guideline upon which we conduct ourselves whilst in library-land. It holds quite a few awesome ethical guidelines, but the one we’re going to focus on today is, ”We provide the highest level of service to all library users through appropriate and usefully organized resources; equitable service policies; equitable access; and accurate, unbiased, and courteous responses to all requests.” (American Library Association, 2008)

To me, the above guideline is a clear statement that it is my duty as a library professional to serve all of my customers with compassion and to uphold their individual dignity. I work in Youth and Family Services and back in June I did a small teen display for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) Pride Month. I wanted to show that we were dedicated to serving all of our customers with compassion and without judgment. Wouldn’t you know that every single item on that display checked out. WOW! Let me say it again, every single item checked out! The odd thing about that statistic is that we don’t often get questions on the subject. Don’t get me wrong, occasionally a teen will slowly walk up, fear and uncertainty clear in his or her face, and ask for resources; however, most of the time all we hear are crickets on the subject. The combination of these two things got me thinking. It is clear to me that these resources are sought after, and it is equally clear that people are hesitant to ask for these resources. My conclusion? We must have a bibliographic blog!

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Staff Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Ever read a book that made you laugh at loud on nearly every page, and you feel like an idiot reading it in public because people might think you’re a little insane? Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is one of those books. As the title suggests, this is a book about a teenager, his sort-of friend Earl, and a dying girl.

Greg Gaines is a senior in high school, and he’s managed to get through the past few years by blending in with all the cliques and never getting too close to anyone. This is no easy feat; it takes hard work and constant vigilance to melt with ease through the various social groups. On his first day of senior year, he realizes that maybe all that hard work will pay off and his final year will be awesome. That is, until he gets home from school and his mom drops the bomb: a girl he went to Hebrew school with has leukemia and Greg should really spend some time with her. Thus begins the story of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Continue reading “Staff Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”

Read & Reel Rumble: Tuck Everlasting

The Tuck family has a secret. When Winnie Foster runs away from home, she stumbles upon Jesse Tuck, who accidentally gives his family’s secret away. The Tucks must make Winnie understand the gravity of this secret. It could be dangerous. By explaining how they came to be the keepers of the secret and giving her some much needed attention, they endear themselves to her. But their secret really isn’t safe after all; a stranger is following them with the intention of selling their secret of never growing old, and he will stop at nothing to get it.

So which one should you check out, the book or the movie?

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