Last Crafts-to-Go

Pick up a Crafts-to-Go bag this Saturday, June 26! It’s the last one of the season.
Stay tuned for the Fall.

Starting at 12:30 (and until 2:00 or as long as supplies last) drop by the Books-to-Go pickup spot in the back by the parking lot and look for the purple cart!

Our last craft is another one with paper straws, this time building a minimalist airplane with straws & paper.

There will be at least 20 bags to give away. There’s no signup. They are available as long as supplies last!

Spider craft

Straws & Pipe cleaner spider
Spider web

2019-2021 LGBTQ+ and Gender Nonconforming Picture Books for Younger Readers at Takoma Park MD Library

I’m Not a Girl by Maddox Lyons and Jessica Verdi
My Rainbow by DeShana Neal and Trinity Neal
Pride Colors by Robin Stevenson
Glad, Glad Bear by Kimberly Gee
Ho’Onani: Hula Warrior by Heather Gale
Intersection Allies by Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi
Julián at the Wedding by Jessica Love
Jack (not Jackie) by Erica Silverman
Except When They Don’t by Laura Gehl
When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff
Maiden & Princess by Daniel Haack and Isabel Galupo
Call Me Max by Kyle Lukoff
What Riley Wore by Elana K. Arnold
Old MacDonald Had a Baby by Emily Snape
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders
It Feels Good to be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn

New LGBTQ+books for teens & tweens

We have all of these available for checkout at the library!

We Used To Be Friends by Amy Spalding
Rick by Alex Gino
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith
All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson
Seeing Gender: An Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression by Iris Gottlieb
A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities by Mady G. and Jules Zuckerberg
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman
The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake
Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
A High Five for Glenn Burke by Phil Bildner
Identity: A Story of Transitioning by Corey Maison
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki
Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju
Be Gay, Do Comics: Queer History, Memoir, and Satire by The Nib
Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard by Alex Bertie
Out: How To Be Your Authentic Self by Miles McKenna
King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
The Best At It by Maulik Pancholy

Picture books, beginning readers, and poetry

New picture books from Brian Floca, Dave Eggers, Elisha Cooper, Mary Lyn Ray, and more
Beginning readers
Three picture books and a collection of poetry.
Picture books

New cicada books at the library!

Bonjour! New French children’s books

We have lots of new French kids books, for young kids to teens (or adults who are learning or brushing up on their French.) Check them out!

Nonfiction
Gerald and Piggy readers!
Comic strips/graphic novels
Chapter books, series, and fairy tales
Picture books
Graphic novels (or BDs if you prefer)

New books!

Picture books, some nonfiction
For teens: nonfiction and a graphic novel
Exciting new young adult novels
Middle grade chapter books
Beginning readers and Minecraft
Nonfiction for younger kids
Picture books & nonfiction

Picture books, some nonfiction

New kids and young adult books at the Takoma Park MD Library!

Uses for Boys

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I shouldn’t have loved Uses for Boys like I did, given the possibilities for sensationalism and exploitation in the subject matter. Somehow this book evokes Go Ask Alice and the work of Ellen Hopkins–not my faves–yet I still thought it a powerful portrait of a girl losing herself. Erica Lorraine Scheidt’s writing is controlled and spare, magical and true.

Scheidt thanks YA author Francesca Lia Block, who writes with a similar poetic touch about a similar milieu. Weetzie Bat readers will be impressed by Scheidt’s much darker work about girls wearing thrift shop outfits hungering for a good meal or familial intimacy. Scheidt’s descriptions, tone, and voice evoked Block’s. Their writing shares a lyrical and delicate fairy tale aspect, but I found Scheidt to be much more mature and skillful. I don’t want to pick on Block, who I will always have a fondness for as a teenage dangerous angel looking for something real, yet sparkly to read, but Scheidt has the best of Block’s sparkle without the long lists of her favorite things and romanticizing of eating disorders. This is a serious book that could have been marketed to adults, similar perhaps to The Lovely Bones.

The only attention Anna receives is from boys. She is passive, scared, neglected, and alone. She needs a family but gets a bunch of terrible boys’ attention, bullying, and abuse instead. Anna is neglected by her mother, a woman who is only validated by the attention of men, who always has a new boyfriend or husband, who can’t get close to Anna. It’s hard for me to understand how Anna’s mother can so profoundly abandon her after being close to her as a child. The way that Anna is repeatedly failed by adults in his book is infuriating. It seemed unrealistic to me, though I could be wrong and I hope that I am.

The plot description does not do justice to Scheidt’s writing, which I should also say can be extremely upsetting. I would recommend this only to older teens because of the graphic descriptions of Anna’s abuse, relationships, and general alienation. It’s triggering stuff, but written with an uncommon beauty. I believe that girls should be prepared for the world and for the possible manipulation and lack of empathy of others without being driven to fear and anxiety.