Teen Queer Reads / 1st Wednesdays / 6PM

Teen Queer Reads

A Monthly Book Club for Queer & Allied Youth.

(ages 12-18)

The first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the SAL Room.

Queer Reads is an LGBTQ-friendly book club for kids 12-18. It’s a safe place to share thoughts around books we are reading and to talk about ideas and issues.

Please stop by the youth desk for a copy of this months book.


Dates:

July 3rd, August 7th


Wednesday, July 3rd

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

by Benjamin Alire Saenz

We will watch the movie version at 6:00!


Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari’s features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.

But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other―and the power of their friendship―can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side.


Wednesday, August 7th

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

by Becky Albertalli

We will watch the movie version at 6:00!


Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.