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Month of Pride

June is LGBT Pride Month and to celebrate we are highlighting some of our books that feature LGBT characters.

Cover of This Book Is GayThis Book Is Gay

by James Dawson

Available as eBook

Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who’s ever dared to wonder. This book is for YOU.

There’s a long-running joke that, after “coming out,” a lesbian, gay guy, bisexual, or trans person should receive a membership card and instruction manual. THIS IS THAT INSTRUCTION MANUAL. You’re welcome.

Inside you’ll find the answers to all the questions you ever wanted to ask: from sex to politics, hooking up to stereotypes, coming out and more. This candid, funny, and uncensored exploration of sexuality and what it’s like to grow up LGBT also includes real stories from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, not to mention hilarious illustrations.

You will be entertained. You will be informed. But most importantly, you will know that however you identify (or don’t) and whomever you love, you are exceptional. You matter. And so does this book.

Cover of Beyond MagentaBeyond Magenta Transgender Teens Speak Out

Available as eBook

A 2015 Stonewall Honor Book. A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens. Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.

Cover of Branded by the Pink TriangleBranded by the Pink Triangle

Available as eBook
A history of the persecution of gay men by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust. When the Nazis came to power in Europe, the lives of homosexuals came to be ruled by fear as raids, arrests, prison sentences and expulsions became the daily reality. When the concentration camps were built, homosexuals were imprisoned along with Jews. The pink triangle, sewn onto prison uniforms, became the symbol of their persecution. This book combines historical research with first-person accounts and individual stories to bring this time to life for readers. From the first chapter, with its story of a young Jewish girl who was rescued from the depths of despair and starvation in the camps by a fellow prisoner who wore the pink triangle, to the last, entitled It Gets Better, which outlines the strides forward in gay rights made in the decades since the war, the feeling of bravery and perseverance in the face of inhuman cruelty shines through.



The 39th Annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture

15-17956_Woodson_McFaddenLecture_300x200_CCICelebrated children’s and young adult author Jacqueline Woodson, winner of the National Book Award and Newbery Honor Medal, will present the 39th annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Northview Middle School auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public with seating on a first-come, first served basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Preferred seating is available for Friends of the Library cardholders until 6:45 p.m. Books sales and signing will follow the lecture.

foundation.jpg.pagespeed.ce.bGRpFwwCyPMade possible through gifts from Friends of the Library to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.



The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, Inc. was established in 1969 to promote the development and improvement of Library facilities and services, and to support and enhance Library programs and projects by raising private contributions. All gifts to the Library Foundation assure the continuation of support for children’s reading programs, lecture series, and other special events and programs presented by the Library for the benefit of the community.

The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation

The Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture Series was established after the Library Foundation received a gift from the estate of Marian McFadden, Director of Public Libraries from 1945-1956. This annual author lecture series was named in her honor.

Undone Review


Undone by Cat Clark

Available in Print.

So this book was kind of slow at times, but not enough to deter me from reading it quickly. I guess the reason I liked this book so much was the ending, which I won’t go into here because it is spoilery.

Jem is in love with Kai, but he is gay. Then, something happens and affects Kai so deeply that he kills himself. Jem is left to pick up the pieces, which is difficult for her to do. She wants revenge on the people she thinks pushed Kai to suicide. The rest of the story is all about her carrying out her revenge plans (which involves a lot of set-up), and the resulting aftermath of the plans coming to fruition. Unfortunately, in the end, she learns she was manipulated and is surprised to discover who is behind the manipulation. The letters from Jem’s best friend, Kai, set the pace, which is roughly a month per chapter. This books deals with topics like bullying, homosexuality, rape, and suicide, so not necessarily a cheerful read.

-Review by Michelle Frost