National Coming Out Day is October 11th, and to mark that occasion the Lawrence GSA and the Falmouth Academy GSA will be meeting for a social event and book talk. Myself, the GSA leaders, and co-owner at Eight Cousins Bookstore, Sara Hines will be hosting the students in the Lawrence Library and discussing some important books dealing with LGBTQ issues. To prepare for my piece in this event I have taken a huge bag of books home to read and re-read that I want to discuss with the students. Today I created a book display that showcases some of of LGBTQ literature in the library – fiction and nonfiction.
Last night alone I read The Pants Project by Cat Clarke and Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart.
The Pants Project follows Liv, who was born in a girl’s body but identifies as a boy. When Liv starts middle school he is forced to wear a skirt, per the school’s strict dress code. While battling bullies, losing a best friend, and trying to navigate a new school, Liv is able to find some loyal friends who want to help change the dress code as a means to make everyone feel comfortable in their own skin. This book is wonderful for students questioning their gender, or students who want to understand what it means to be transgender and provides a window into the mind of feeling so out of place in your body. This book also works on a different level for our students, because we do have a dress code in our school, so a lot of students will find a common ground with Liv. Although, our students are allowed to wear skirts, pants, dresses, and shorts!
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart was one amazing read I couldn’t put down, and stayed up until past my bedtime finishing it. Lily, born Timothy is slowing trying to transition, but is meeting some resistance from her father about hormone blockers and her choice of clothes, makeup, and hair. She also is having difficulties getting through the day without being bullied by a group of boys. She meets Norbert before school starts, who she lovingly refers to as Dunkin, because Norbert also doesn’t think his name fits him and absolutely loves Dunkin’ Donuts. Dunkin is battling his own demons, an absent father, mental health issues, and deciding where he fits in at a new school.
Wow, it’s June. The summer is SO close, and we’ve been busy in the library with projects! MCAS testing just finished, so the library is open again full-time. We FINALLY finished our Stick Together project, and Maker Club has started working on miniature houses made using materials found in nature (and in the library). Enjoy the pictures below of our last few weeks!
Building miniature houses. Students are working on a mansion and a house boat!
A 7th grader has started construction on a tree house
In just one hour, this tree house looks AMAZING! Also, I can’t believe it’s standing!
A group of Totoros using Perler Beads!
It’s that time of year…all library books are due FRIDAY!
I hope everyone had a fantastic April vacation! Just about 2 more months until summer vacation (but who’s counting?). The library may seem different today, because…WE FINALLY GOT NEW CHAIRS (also some new books)!!
The LMC has had the same wooden chairs for about 20+ years, so I have been told. It was beyond time to get some newer furniture in here. With thanks to Falmouth Community School, we now have 60 new chairs! They are much safer, more comfortable and won’t break when students lean back in them, and easily stack for any maneuvering they might need when community organizations meet in here.
We now have chairs at every table!
This week MCAS testing will begin, and the library may have some strange hours. Nothing is set in stone yet, but keep your eyes, and ears open, for any news!
Making some progress on our art project!
The 7th graders might be a little young to start speed dating, but when you’re speed dating with a book, no one is too young! Mrs. Hennessy’s class read a book of their choice, created a dating profile for their book, and then went on many “dates” to try and find “the one”. Many students had amazing dates, and left school with a new date in hand (and by date, I mean BOOK). The library was lucky enough to be given some of the book posters to hang up….come check them out, and see if you can find your perfect match. ❤