Books in the Library
Hello! We are Amanda and Jamie. We’ve been dating for 3 years, but have yet to raise a baby book club. We’re both excited for the challenge and excited to meet you all! Amanda is a Montessori School administrator with a background in Women’s and Gender Studies. Jamie is an AmeriCorps Member at the Durham Literacy Center, working with adult basic education and GED students. We both read for fun and try to facilitate casual conversations about bookish content. We hope this club will be a space to do so with little stress and a lot of in depth conversations.
As you may have noticed, we’ve changed the club’s name from “Lesbian Book Club” to “Queer Women’s Book Club.” This is a space where all women- bi, lesbian, pan, trans, and otherwise queer- are welcome. We want this to be an inclusive space in order to create community. We can’t wait to work on building a wonderful community with you all!
A discussion of gender issues and concerns as they related to the transgender and bisexual, lesbian, and gay community. Reading materials will be selected by the group to provide stimulus for exploring ways to navigate life encouraging authentic gender expression. All who wish to explore their gender identity and gender expression are invited to participate.
Light refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to bring some to share.
This event is held on the second Monday of every month from 6:30pm - 7:45pm.
The Library is pleased to offer our Family Story Time – an event for LGBT families, allies, and supporters with children from infancy to first grade. Come enjoy stories, songs, and activities. Socialize with other families and check out library books! Snacks maybe included as part of the activity or craft.
Family Story Time Wins Grant from American Library Association
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has awarded the LGBT Center’s Library with the 2014 Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved Grant, sponsored by Candlewick Press. As the winner of the grant, the Library will receive $3,000 for our Family Story Time program. The grant will enable us to purchase more children’s books and LGBT parenting materials, to increase publicity and marketing of the program, and to acquire arts and crafts and puppets to supplement the event. Megan Roberts, Family Story Time Program Director and Youth Services Librarian at Cameron Village Regional Library says, “Volunteering at the Center is the most rewarding thing I do.” Read more from the ALA press office.
On a regular basis, a small group of gay men meet in one of our group’s homes or one of our favorite hangouts such as the LGBT Center of Raleigh, usually on the Friday closest to the 15th of the month. We've been doing that since October 2003. We talk about the gay-themed books we’re reading. The books we include are:
- about gay men, how we live our lives, and/or what we do,
- written by a gay man, and/or
- of special interest or appealing to gay men.
Using the same criteria, we include movies, plays, musicals, television shows, art exhibitions, area restaurants, and just about anything else that tickles our fancy. We do not assign one particular book or movie for everyone to read or view.
The idea is to come and share our favorite entertainment with friends – and we do want to include more friends and friends we haven’t met yet. So pick out a book or movie or something you’ve enjoyed. The “review” you give need not be formal. Just tell us your thoughts…. You don’t have to bring the book or video/DVD physically with you, but some of us do.
Even though we, of course, read all kinds of books and watch all kinds of movies, etc., there are other groups in the area for other kinds of literature and entertainment. While our interest is focused, we often talk about many other things that come to mind.
There is absolutely no organization to our group. We don’t have a president. There are no “dues.” We don’t have “meetings” - we call them “gatherings.” Usually, we don’t know where we’re getting together next until the group decides it the month before. And we don’t have a “membership” list. We do have a mailing list of the guys who get our monthly newsletter that explains where we are gathering each month and sometimes recaps what we talked about the last time.
If the idea of this group sounds interesting to you, please write to Jim Manchester. (Along with being on the Web Team for the LGBT Center of Raleigh’s website, he keeps the Group’s mailing list and emails out the newsletter link.)
You can view future dates for the Raleigh Rainbow Reading Group that we plan to hold at the Center by clicking on the Center Library Events link.