Here at TADL, we are interested in what the community wants. Need a book? We’ll find it. Got an indie musician album to order? We’ll look them up. Want to watch a documentary about something super random and interesting? We might already have that honestly, but we will absolutely double check and help you/us find it. So, please ask us! In the spirit of community, Pride (this month on the second floor of the Main Branch) looks like summer fun.
We have a large display next to the Reference Desk of many nonfiction and fiction titles. It’s got your memoirs, your sci fi, your romance, you name it. The fun thing is…that isn’t even all of the LGBTQIA+ themed titles in the building, so if you don’t see something you like, you can look it up at any catalog computer or please ask at the desk. We’re generally quite happy to help you find your next great read.
Juneteenth, celebrated June 19, marks the day enslaved Texans learned they were free in June of 1865. While the history of the holiday includes the injustice of enslavement, Juneteenth should also be understood in the context of Black people’s fight for justice and freedom. As Staff Writer Coshandra Dillard notes, “Students, particularly Black students, can find empowerment in the jubilant celebrations of culture, activism and the humanity of a people.”
While I love using the library, sometimes I love a book so much I want to own it (do you have that problem?). Bookshop is my favorite place to get books online because it lets me select the indie book store I want to support then sends them profits from my purchase. You can select one of our local bookstores, like Brilliant Books or Horizon Books, or you can choose to support a diverse-owned bookstore anywhere in the U.S. (courtesy of We Need Diverse Books). They have created a list of books relevant to Juneteenth. Penguin Random House also created a flyer style (clickable!) of “Books that celebrate Black History, Excellence, and Joy.” [See the edit below.]
Don’t forget to check out the celebration put on by Northern Michigan E3, our local anti-racism community organization: Juneteenth Block Party.
There are lots of goodies on Learning for Justice, which I imagine would be very useful for educators at any level, if not for their students but for themselves, because they present information in accessible formats with links, giving you just a little bit to start and options to dive deeper. Learning for Justice also released an amazing section for Pride this year called Uplift Black and Brown LGBTQ Activitists.
Even if we don’t have a large parade this year, reader, celebrate yourself. Celebrate through taking care of yourself (through rest, hobbies, education, and action) because you are a part of this community.
Out2Enroll – Tool to help finding health insurance and other health care necessities!
Find more books?! – The Lesbrary, a great blog with reviews of lesbian and/or bi titles.
Polestar – LGBT+ Community Center
Northern Michigan E3 – This group is fantastic for community education and action
Books from Your Library!
There is another display in the Adult Graphic Novels section on the 2nd floor that has some of these titles.
- Luisa TADL Catalog | Hoopla
- You Exist Too Much Hoopla
- A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities TADL Catalog | Hoopla
- A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns Hoopla
- Kimiko Does Cancer TADL Catalog
- Jughead TADL Catalog | Hoopla
- Sweethand Hoopla
- Greasebats Hoopla
- Monstress (Queer! Monsters! You get it.) TADL Catalog | Hoopla
- Bingo Love (I’ll never stop recommending it until you’ve read it) TADL Catalog | Hoopla
- Dream Daddy (based on the game!) TADL Catalog | Hoopla
- Meet Cute Diary TADL Catalog
- The Essential June Jordan TADL Catalog | Hoopla
[Edit: 6/18/21- I originally posted this edition of Fine Print on June 11th, but I’ve got some updates for ya. Juneteenth was made a national holiday by the federal government. This would be a thoroughly amazing thing if it also came with confronting the problems that make Juneteenth a necessary celebration in the first place: anti-black police violence, anti-black and inconsistent sentencing, white supremacist history taught in classrooms, end “race-norming” in health care, white supremacy in publishing, among others. Here is a meme from the fantastic historical interpreter, Marvin-Alonzo Greer (@magthehistorian) that really explains it.
And!!! Remember when we read The Secret Lives of Church Ladies for the Queer Tales February book? The author, Deesha Philyaw, did an interview with Tyrese Coleman where they discussed their books, writing as Black women, Juneteenth, and what freedom means to them through the DC Public Library’s Facebook. I missed it live last night, but the recording brought me a lot of joy this morning, and I hope it brings you joy too. They talk about the Black Texan activists who have been working to make Juneteenth a national holiday, so I had to update my understanding. It is an amazing thing. Yes, we want more, and we can celebrate this victory thanks to the Black activists who have made this happen.
And and! One last thing if you think this is too long and you only have a minute, check out Blair Imani’s Smarter in Seconds short Instagram video about Juneteenth here.]