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Our Virtual Pride Club for Teens ages 13-18 continues this month with the theme of Queer Latinx Voices! Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15-October 15, and is a time to recognize and honor the histories, culture, and contributions of Hispanic or Latinx folks. We will be meeting online at 4:00 pm every Tuesday in September. New participants are always welcome! For more information, email teenpride@sonomalibrary.org.

To register for the September Virtual Teen Pride Club, follow the links below:

For a complete list of September Teen Pride Club events.

Our Recommendations:

(Hint: click on the book covers to go to the library catalog)

Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun

Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun
by Jonny Garza Villa (they/them)

The Grief Keeper

The Grief Keeper
by Alexandra Villasante (she/her)

Cemetery Boys

Cemetery Boys
by Aiden Thomas (he/they)

They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera (he/him)

You Brought Me the Ocean

You Brought Me the Ocean
by Alex Sanchez (he/him)

Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet Takes a Breath
by Gabby Rivera (She/her)

Chulito

Chulito
by Charles Rice-González (he/him)

Each of Us a Desert

Each of Us a Desert
by Mark Oshiro (they/he)

We Set the Dark on Fire

We Set the Dark on Fire
by Tehlor Kay Mejia (she/her)

Miss Meteor

Miss Meteor
by Tehlor Kay Mejia (she/her) & Anna-Marie McLemore (they/them)

The Mirror Season

The Mirror Season
by Anna-Marie McLemore (they/them)

Indivisible

Indivisible
by Daniel Aleman (he/him)

Clap When You Land

Clap When You Land
by Elizabeth Acevedo (she/her)

 

 

 

 

Famous Queer Latinx icons to celebrate, this month and all yearlong!

Violet Chachki

Violet Chachki
(she/her/they/them)
Drag Queen and 2015 Winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race

Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson
(she/her)
Actress and Producer

Bianca Del Rio

Bianca Del Rio
(she/her)
Drag Queen and 2014 Winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race

Felicia Elizondo

Felicia Elizondo
(she/her)
Activist and Present at the 1966 San Francisco Compton’s Cafeteria Riot

Renee Goust

Renee Goust
(she/they)
Singer/Songwriter

Juana Inés de la Cruz

Juana Inés de la Cruz
(she/her)
Writer, Philosopher, Composer, Poet, and Hieronyite Nun

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo
(she/her)
Artist

Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado
(she/her)
Author and 2017 Winner of the Lambda Literary Award

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin
(he/him)
Singer/Pop Star

Melanie Martinez

Melanie Martinez
(she/her)
Singer/Songwriter

Donna Personna

Donna Personna
(she/her)
Transgender Rights Activist and Artist

Sylvia Rivera

Sylvia Rivera
(she/her)
Activist and Veteran of the 1969 Stonewall Inn Uprising

Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez
(she/her)
Actress

José Sarria

José Sarria
(he/him)
First openly gay candidate for public office in the U.S., Drag Queen, and Political Activist

Kali Uchis

Kali Uchis
(she/her)
Singer/Songwriter

 

 

 

 

As schools are returning to in-person learning many of you will be facing new and challenging social experiences. Having been a teenager in the age of the internet, I know that bullying happens. In fact, according to stopbullying.gov 20% of teenagers nationwide will experience some sort of bullying.

We are not meeting for Social Justice Club this month (an event we normally have on Thursday 4-5 over Zoom to discuss social issues and how teens can make a difference). However, I thought it might be fun to still address the issue of bullying through a digital escape room. If you are bored and looking to learn about how to stand up to bullying check it out here: http://sticksandstonescyberbullying.weebly.com/. Hope you enjoy it and have a great first month of school!

Our Virtual Pride Club for Teens ages 13-18 continues this month with the theme of self-care! With school starting up again, it is important to take care of yourself and practice healthy self-care strategies. Check out this librarian compiled selection of nonfiction mental health books and queer feel-good YA books, self-care ideas, and community resources. We will be meeting online at 4:00 pm every Tuesday in August. New participants are always welcome! Attendees of this month’s Virtual Teen Pride Club will also receive a special Self-Care bundle with crafts and personalized bookmarks. For more information, email teenpride@sonomalibrary.org.

To register for the August Teen Pride Club, follow the links below:

For a complete list of August Teen Pride Club events.

Mental health and queer nonfiction:

(Hint: click on the book covers to go to the library catalog)

(Don’t) Call Me Crazy

(Don’t) Call Me Crazy
edited by Kelly Jensen
(she/her)

The New Queer Conscience

The New Queer Conscience
by Adam Eli
(he/they)

Continuum

Continuum
by Chella Man
(he/him)

Trans Teen Survival Guide

Trans Teen Survival Guide
by Owl Fisher (they/them)
and Fox Fisher (they/them)

This Book is Gay

This Book is Gay
by Juno Dawson
(she/her)

The Self-Compassionate Teen

The Self-Compassionate Teen
by Karen Bluth (she/her)

Be You, Only Better

Be You, Only Better
by Kristie Hugstad
(she/her)

 

For some feel-good queer YA with happy endings, check out last month’s blog!
https://sonomalibrary.org/blogs/teenspace/julys-virtual-teen-pride

Self-Care ideas:

  • Take a walk
  • Meditate
  • Talk to a friend
  • Read a good book
  • Take a nap
  • Make a healthy snack or meal
  • Cuddle with a pet
  • Journal
  • Take a break from social media/your phone
  • Get some sun
  • Drink water
  • Get creative: write, draw, paint, dance, play music, etc.
  • Stretch/do yoga
  • Watch something funny (laugh!)

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New American Collection / Coleccion para Nuevos Estadounidenses

Are you or is someone in your life interested in American citizenship? Sonoma County Library’s “New American Collection” launched in all 12 branches on September 17, 2019, Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. This collection is for those interested in citizenship, civics, and naturalization, primarily the immigrant population of Sonoma County.

The New American Collection empowers community members by providing easily browsable, multilingual, multimedia materials in support of acquiring citizenship and learning English.

“The County of Sonoma continues our commitment to be a safe and inclusive community,” said Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chair David Rabbitt. “We applaud the library’s efforts to put together the New American Collection aimed at informing all of our residents about civics and paths to citizenship.”

By including these resources in one collection, the library provides anyone interested with relevant information to help them gain and secure civil rights and participate more fully in their communities. Nationwide, slightly more than half of immigrants are non-citizens. Native-born citizens may also benefit from the collection by learning about their rights and privileges as citizens, especially those with friends, family, or coworkers who are non-citizens.

The New American Collection includes materials in English, Spanish, and other world languages. Materials include books, CDs, DVDs, and more. Resources circulate and/or are freely given away. Example titles include: “U.S. Immigration Made Easy,” “How to Get a Green Card,” and “Fiancé & Marriage Visas.” Find these titles at your local branch!

To learn more about the New American Collection, visit your local library branch. The New American Collection is free and available to all. Materials can be checked out with a Sonoma County Library card, which is available to all county residents, regardless of immigration status. For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit any Sonoma County Library branch in person or go to sonomalibrary.org.