Books to celebrate Pride Month
By: Jill Grunenwald, Librarian and OverDrive Collection Development Analyst
In the LGBTQIA community, June is Pride Month. This particular time of year was chosen in honor of the Stonewall Riots, a pivotal moment in their history. The Collection Development team at OverDrive has put together some really fantastic lists but here are a few of my personal suggestions:
George by Alex Gino was, hands down, my favorite book to come out of 2015. This charming book about a transgender girl is a juvenile title but it’s a wonderful introduction to transgender issues to people who may not be very familiar with them.
Recently, Anderson Cooper and his mother Gloria Vanderbilt published The Rainbow Comes and Goes, an intimate examination of their relationship as told through emails.
I’m also really looking forward to reading Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality by Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell. It comes out June 14th, which is perfect for Pride Month!
One of the best benefits to offering these, and similar, titles through OverDrive is that it allows your patrons full anonymity when they check them out. This is especially important for the more vulnerable members of your service population: questioning teens, transgender men and women, non-binary individuals, asexuals, and any other person along the rainbow spectrum.
They may be too embarrassed or scared to check out a physical book at a circulation desk, but OverDrive allows them to discover and read these books without anyone else knowing. Using these titles to create a curated collection – either on your main page or in a Kids/Teens eReading room – is the perfect way to get these titles into the hands of the people who need them the most.