Teens @ UAPL

What is Pride Month?

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month is celebrated in June in the United States. LGBT Pride has historically been celebrated in June to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots. On June 28, 1969 police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular bar in New York City’s most liberal neighborhood, Greenwich Village.

Until the 1970s, the FBI kept lists of known homosexuals and frequently conducted raids on establishments catering to the gay community; in 1969 being gay was a criminal offense.

First person accounts of the June 28 riot, and subsequent upheaval in Greenwich, reported the atmosphere felt almost festive. For the first time in modern LGBT history, a group with no concrete mission or organization united without obvious leadership. Rather, onlookers and participants noted, it was instinctual. A community of oppressed people unified at that moment and said, “enough - we aren’t going away. We aren’t going to tolerate this abuse anymore.”

Following the riots, LGBT organizations formed across the country and became champions in the modern fight for LGBT civil rights. Over the last 50 years these groups have become more inclusive of racial diversity among the community as well as transgender, queer and other non-conforming gender and sexual identities. Various initiatives and growing support within LGBTQ+ communities and from the outside has propelled the LGBTQ+ struggle to the forefront of the United State’s modern civil rights movement.

As the civil rights movement gains attention and momentum, the LGBTQ+ interest genre in books for all ages has expanded. Authors of all orientations are writing stories for and about persons of non-conforming identities.

For especially popular and critically acclaimed works of Young Adult Fiction in LGBTQ+ interest, available at the Upper Arlington Public Library see the list below:

For a Non-Fiction book about the Stonewall riots written especially for teens:

For Non-fiction LGBTQ+ interest:  

Sign up now for Summer Library Club!

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Are you entering 6th-12th grade next year? Do you like to read? Would you like to score free pizza, chipotle, or cake? Then you're ready for Summer Library Club! Simply visit this website, register with your name and contact info, and keep track of the time you spend reading, and the activities you explore, between now and July 31st. Once you've logged 10 hours of reading AND completed 10 activities, come in to any UA library to grab a stack of coupons (this is where the free food comes in!). Then, keep reading–cause after you've read a total of 20 hours, and completed 20 activities, you've earned your second prize–a free book!–and an entry into the Grand Prize for a $200 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods. 

Happy Reading!

Travel, Road Trips, and Adventure

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It’s summer! Time for traveling, road trips, and adventure! So, if you’re planning a trip and need some inspiration, are looking for a book to accompany you on your road trip adventure, or just want to live vicariously through the winding roads and travel adventures of others, check out some of these books. And for a sneak peek here is the book trailer for Let’s Get Lost by Alsaid.

Looking for Answers on the Road

Rebel Traveler

Love and the Road

Happy Reading (and traveling!)

Musical Mondays: Books with Music Playlists

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Welcome to Musical Mondays! A blog about books and music.

A lot of books now intertwine the story, characters, and plot, with music. Some have a music playlist designed to go with the book, some weave songs and music right into the story, and others focus on music as a major part of the plot or characters’ lives. Either way, it’s a celebration of two great things: stories and music! So, this summer I will be posting 3 blogs the first Monday of each month that highlight some of these books and their music. This blog will be the first, and then there will be one in July, and a final post in August.

To start us off I will jump right in with music playlists designed to go with the books or music the author was listening to as they wrote that inspired the story. Interestingly, a lot of these aren’t necessarily about music, they just have music playlists that the author has created to go with their book. 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins  Anna and the French Kiss Playlist 
Book Cover for Boy21 by Matthew Quick Perkins has created a 15 track playlist to go with the book. Much of it is French Rock! She also has a separate “Spoilers” page where she shares the story behind the songs. 

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen  Along for the Ride Playlist 
These are the songs the author was listening to as she wrote and they evoke the feel of the characters and what happens in the story. 

Boy21 by Matthew Quick Boy21 Playlist 
This playlist appears in an article about music and books. It was designed by Quick to tell the story, as he put together the songs from the book in the order they appear in the novel and matched them to different parts of the story.

Divergent by Veronica Roth  Divergent Playlist 
These songs helped inspire the books and were what she listened too during the writing process. Includes notes about why each song is important. 

Book Cover fro Dove Rising by Karen BaoDove Arising by Karen Bao  Dove Arising Playlist 
The playlist for this dystopian sci-fi novel is unique – it actually has its own title! The title is: Music on the Moon. The site features the songs on the playlist as well as Bao’s explanations of how each relates to the book.

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger  DUFF Playlist
Keplinger puts together a playlist to go with all her books and it is usually made up of songs that remind her of the characters or story or that she was listening too when she wrote. The DUFF Playlist includes songs from the two main characters perspective. Also check out the sequel Lying Out Loud. It too has a Playlist.

Half Bad by Sally Green Half Bad Playlist
This is a playlist inspired by the book. Spoiler Alert: If you haven‘t read the book yet, skip the song descriptions until you’ve finished reading as their explanations give major parts of the book away! And don't miss Half Wild and Half Lost

Book Cover for Lumberjanes by Noelle StevensonLumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
This is a collection of the Lumberjanes monthly comic. At the end of each issue is a track list of a mixtape that has been put together by one of the characters.  And if you are already reading and have gotten to issue #4 you’ll notice part of Jen’s list is covered in paint! For a full listing of Jen’s playlist check out the article Drawn to Comics

Mosquitoland by David Arnold Mosquitoland Playlist
Arnold began as a musician and some of his musical creations can be found on his site Cinema Cycle. There you can also find the music playlist, with his original songs, that are inspired by two of his novel, as well as a video he made for one of the songs.

Paper Towns by John Green  Paper Towns Playlist 
John Green’s first playlist for one of his books!

Relativity by Cristin Bishara Relativity Playlist
Book Cover for Relativity by Cristin BisharaBishara felt that if movies can have soundtracks, why not books? So, she created one for her novel!

Young Elites by Marie Lu  Young Elites Playlist 
This playlist is in an article about the Young Elite’s series and highlights Lu’s Playlist for Adeline from the series. Includes why she picked the songs. She also made a playlist for Champion which can be found on her Tumblr page. 

That’s it for this month. Come back for our next installment, Where Books and Music Collide, for a look at books that weave music and songs throughout the story.

Happy Reading (and listening)!

 

Choose Privacy Week - Resources for Teens

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Choose Privacy Week is the American Library Association’s annual event that promotes the importance of individual privacy rights.  Think about all the different ways privacy impacts your digital life: from using Facebook to using a cell phone with GPS capabilities, from cookies that are stored on your computer to Google maps that show where your home is located, there is a lot to know about how to protect your privacy rights in the digital world! 

What Do You Know about Privacy? When you think of privacy, what comes to mind? Watch this video (made for the first Choose Privacy Week in 2010) to see what other people have to say about it. 

A Few Helpful Tips to Navigate the Online World:

1. A More Private Search Experience

  • If you don't like advertisers following you online, try using a safer search engine, like DuckDuckGo. It doesn't store or share any of your personal information!

DuckDuckGo

2. Staying Safe Online

The National Cyber Security Alliance, along with StaySafeOnline.org, offer lots of pointers for teens on how to protect your privacy:

  • Keep your security software current - make sure you have the latest security software in place. Remember to protect all devices that connect to the Internet, not just your computer. That includes smart phones,gaming systems, and even Fitbits!
  • They suggest making your passwords “long and strong.”
  • Check the privacy settings on all of your online services, from Facebook to Snapchat to websites that you use. For more information on how to check and change privacy settings on many popular apps and services, check out this list.
  • Who can you trust online?  Test your knowledge with this Friend Finder Quiz (recommended for middle schoolers)

3. Library Workshops

The library is also a great resource for information on digital privacy! This week we are hosting a few free programs:

  • Check out Forgot Your Password? on Wednesday, May 4 at 7 for strategies on how to make strong passwords and easily remember all of them.
  • Bring your smartphone or laptop to the library’s drop-in Cryptoparty on Saturday, May 7 from 10-4 and library staff will help you install encryption programs on your device that can give you more privacy.