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 Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan REVIEW

apolloAvailable in Print, Audio Book, eAudio Book & Large Type.

I’ve been binge-reading Riordan’s series lately in preparation for this book. Riordan’s series are great for middle readers but I love them as an adult and I know many teens that enjoy keeping up with the series.

Trials of Apollo, Riordan’s 5th series, centers around the god, Apollo, after he is punished by Zeus and turned into a mortal. Not even a demi-god, just a mortal, awkward teenage boy. Some of our favorite characters from the Percy Jackson & Heroes of Olympus series make cameos in the first book. With mention of many main characters that may pop up in additional books of the series.

I enjoyed this first story of Apollo a lot. It’s interesting to see the world that Riordan has created from the perspective of a god instead of a teenage demigod. Apollo’s perspective on the wars and demigod’s actions is quite contrasting from what we’re used to hearing from characters like Percy Jackson.  I think Riordan has set up an interesting story arch for Apollo in the coming ‘trials’/stories of the series. I look forward to learning more about Apollo and hopefully seeing some appearances from old beloved characters.

For anyone a fan of Rick Riordan’s books, this series will not disappoint. If you haven’t read Riordan’s books before, I strongly suggest reading the Percy Jackson series and then Heroes of Olympus series first before diving into this one. Riordan’s other series, Kane Chronicles and Magnus Chase series, can be read without reading the others. But once you start, you’ll find it hard not to read all of them!

Happy reading!
Warren Branch


Summer Reading Book Bash Starts June 6!

2016 SRP Logo V3AIn honor of Indiana’s 200th Birthday, The Indy PL and Garfield are teaming up to bring you the Summer Reading Book Bash! Some locations have already begun signing people up! Books you check out and read right now can be returned on June 6 for points and prizes, and the Indy PL has some awesome prizes to choose from! You can read more about the Summer Reading Book Bash here! Want to check out the prizes this year? Click here! Every year the Indy PL offers a certain selection of books known as “Bonus Books” that offer readers a chance to earn a few extra points if they read them. This years’ Bonus Books can be found here. Don’t forget to check out the programs the Indy PL is offering this Summer, too! We have all kinds of exciting workshops to attend from Going Native Animal Shows presented by Animalia to the Digital Animaker Lab. There is something for everyone! The program runs June 6-July 30th. Teens may read books on their own, or to younger siblings and/or friends to earn points.

Don’t have a library card because of overdue fines? Ask about the Earn and Learn (EAL) Program at the desk where you check out. Similar to the Summer Reading Program, EAL teens are able to read books to earn points that will eliminate any debt they may have on their card. In this case, not only will you earn Summer Reading Points for prizes, but you could end up with a fine-free card in the process! Some limitations apply, so be sure to ask at the desk about it.

RED rrr button cropped2Don’t have a library card? We’ve got your covered. Check out the RED Read, Return, Repeat bags which have three different pre-selected books in each one. No two bags are alike. You may borrow them for three weeks at a time. And best of all, they are worry free! There are NO fines if you return them late! Ask about the Read, Return, Repeat bags at the checkout desk. Brand new books will be sent to all Indy PL locations just in time for the Summer Reading Book Bash!


BLUE RRR LogoAnd coming soonBLUE Read, Return, Repeat bags which will contain pre-selected teen books in Spanish. These bags are made possible by The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund through a grant to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.



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Still looking for something to do this Summer? Don’t forget to check out our calendar of events



Heartless by Marissa Meyer REVIEW

heartlessAvailable at the library this fall.

I managed to snag an advanced reader’s copy of Marissa Meyer’s first book post-Lunar Chronicles. I attended a panel discussion with her, Matthew Quick, Amanda Talley and Paul Rudnik. Meyer talked about her love for Alice and Wonderland and how it inspired her to write a prequel about the Queen of Hearts.

Meyer’s Heartless addresses what life might have been like for Catherine the Queen of Hearts before she became queen. Was she always so mean? Did she want the power and control of being queen? Meyer gives a look at her own idea of what the world of Hearts was like before Catherine the Queen took reign.

The book intrigued me from the start. I love the fantastical world of Alice and Wonderland and Meyer’s world of the Lunar Chronicles. Heartless does not disappoint in painting a world full of oddities and clever characters. Meyer’s descriptions of costumes, the Mad Hatter’s hats and Catherine’s bakery treats come alive off the page. I enjoyed her portrayals of classic characters from before Alice’s time in Wonderland.

The story overall, is well written and I was almost sad when the story ended because I wanted to keep reading more about the characters. But of course, I could go on to read Lewis Carroll’s works instead!
If you loved the Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer’s first standalone novel will be a great read for you. And for those who love the whimsical world of Lewis Caroll, this book will delight. You may have to wait a while though, this book will be released on November 8th, 2016.