Knit-A-Long with Robbins and Fox

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What’s better than knitting something beautiful, useful, and cozy? Knitting it with friends! We hope many local knitters will join us for our first ever Knit-A-Long, with meetings scheduled throughout February at both the Robbins and Fox Libraries.

We’ll all knit Grain, a free shawl pattern from Tin Can Knits. You can find the pattern on Ravelry or at http://tincanknits.com/pattern-SC-grain.html. Come to as many or as few meetings as you like. Bring a copy of the pattern and your own knitting supplies. We’ll have fun making new friends while we make hand-made shawls.

  • Friday, February 1, 2-3 pm @ Robbins
  • Wednesday, February 6, 7-8 pm @ Fox
  • Saturday, February 16, 1:30-2:30 pm @ Fox
  • Wednesday, February 20, 7-8 pm @ Robbins
  • Tuesday, February 26, 7-8 pm @ Robbins
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Not-So Young Adult Book Group Reads Eleanor & Park (February 11)

The next NSYA group meeting will take place on Monday, February 11 at 7pm in the 4th floor’s conference room. We’ll be discussing Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.

Goodreads description:

15745753Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Copies of the book are available at the front desk.

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NSYA Book Group Meeting – Reminder (January 14)

33155325The next NSYA group meeting will take place Monday, January 14 at 7pm in Robbins Library’s conference room (4th floor). We’ll be discussing The 57 bus by Dashka Slater.

Copies of the next book,  Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, are on their way and will be available to pick up after the meeting.

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2018 Best Books from Robbins & Fox Library Staff

Happy New Year!!!  Here are the Robbins Library librarians’ top books of 2018!


The Library Book by Susan Orlean
As someone who works in libraries every day I was a little apprehensive about reading this book–would it upset my carefully calibrated work/life balance to read a book about libraries in my personal time? To Susan Orlean’s credit, I had nothing to fear. While the subject of The Library Book is the 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library, you end up exploring so many other fascinating channels: the pyrotechnics of burning paper, library collections as organic cultural memory houses, the psychology of the man who allegedly struck the match, and the way a community rallies to save and protect public spaces. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys micro-histories and true crime.


I just did #Libfaves18 so I am prepared for this! Here are my top 10 published in 2018:

 

  1. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai (adult fiction)
  2. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (young adult fiction/fantasy)
  3. The Witch Elm by Tana French (psychological mystery/suspense)
  4. We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins (picture book)
  5. Transcription by Kate Atkinson (adult fiction/historical/suspense)
  6. The Boy From Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis (middle grade fiction/fantasy)
  7. I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell (memoir)
  8. Julian Is A Mermaid by Jessica Love (picture book)
  9. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll (young adult graphic novel)
  10. Call Them By Their True Names by Rebecca Solnit (nonfiction essays)

And honorary mention to middle grade fiction/fantasy Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver, narrated by Jim Dale; published in 2011 but still wholly magical.


2018 was a great reading year for me! I read some great classics and older books, but a few 2018 titles really stood out for me.

I’m a huge fan of the podcast Earhustle about life for incarcerated men at San Quentin Prison. The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner felt like an episode from the show, giving humanity and a voice to those caught up in America’s prisons.

I would read Gary Shteyngart’s grocery list, but a new novel is even better, and Lake Success did not disappoint.

The Line Becomes a River by Franciso Cantu is beautifully written, and must-read as we all look at immigration and America’s borders.

End of year lists often miss something, and I was really surprised that Tell the Machine Goodnight by Katie Williams did not get more attention. I loved it!


Circe by Madeline Miller
The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon


My two favorite books of the year were:

The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara:
I was drawn to this book because someone (Rob) mentioned how the author used Spanglish to portray Puerto Rican/Nuyorican culture. As someone who grew up speaking a mixture of both English and Spanish, I kept hearing characters as if they were standing right next to me. It was an amazing and rare experience as a bilingual reader. I don’t want to downplay the very important socioeconomic and gender identity topics brought up by Joseph Cassara (both reasons everyone should read this), but I was impressed to find an adult fiction novel that clearly depicts such an important  aspect of life in the mainland as an islander: language.

Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay:
I love Paul Tremblay’s work, and when I found out he had a new novel, I went straight for it. I’m always drawn to books that keep me questioning what’s real and what’s fabricated until the very end. Are the fantastic elements made up or is there a strange and other-wordly presence creeping in and shaking things up?


Favorite Picture Book:

The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke

This was a short and fun book to read. The phrase “fed-up mum” was particularly fun to discuss with toddlers. It also resonated with me on a personal level. The very first bike I ever had was built piecemeal by my Mom, a neighbor, and me with found materials from the local dump.

Favorite new Series:
Zoey and Sassafras by Asia Citro
A young girl uses science to help creatures of fantasy solve their problems. Enough said.

Favorite Midgrade Book:

Backstagers and the Ghost Light by Andy Mientus

In form with the Lumberjanes novelizations, the Backstagers novels are just as much fun. These novelizations are great for strong readers reluctant to give up their graphic novels that “need” to make the jump into longer chapter books.

Favorite Graphic Novel:

Trade – Ice Cream Man volume 1 by W. Maxwell Prince

Single Issue – Die issue #01 by Kieron Gillen

Ice Cream Man is everything I love to find in my non-superhero graphic novels. Creepy, tied together anthology, anti-hero or ambivalent diety?, comeuppance or cosmic board game?, give me all of it.

Honorable mention to Kieron Gillen’s newest Die. Described as “Jumanji as Horror”. Which, if you remember the original Jumanji with the late Robin Williams, the classic was already bordering on Horror for the time and audience. The drums never failed to give me goosebumps.

Favorite YA / New Adult Book:

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Once again, a personal choice. I have come very close to becoming Sadie on more than one occasion with both of my younger sisters at various times in our lives. It is heartbreaking and all too real. I also recommend listening to the Podcast in lieu of (or after) the Podcast narrative chapters.

Favorite Fiction:

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

I just loved this novel. It checked a lot of boxes for me and will always have a space on my shelf. It was the platonic love version of Deepa Mehta’s 1996 film Fire. It was the triumph of sisterhood between friends. It was honest and cruel and beautiful; the best parts of storytelling.

Favorite Nonfiction:

Rage Becomes Her: the Power of Women’s Anger by Soraya L. Chemaly

I’ve read a number of articles this year (a few can be found via A Mighty Girl’s Facebook page) about how society portrays, copes with and oppresses anger in young women. It was a must read for me.

Favorite Short Story:

“You Know How the Story Goes” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (can be found on TOR.com)

Confession: I read this short story during an endlessly slow night at the Reference Desk. It was so well written and fantastically creepy that I immediately regretted reading it at night before a late bus and later walk home. Most people have heard or read about the Shadow Man (or Hat Man) haunting phenomena. This is his sister meshed with the Haunted Hitchhiker trope. I’m getting the heebie-jeebies just thinking about it…


Picture books: The Little Barbarian by Renato Moriconi and Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love.

Kids’ graphic novels: Where’s Halmoni? by Julie Kim and Bolivar by Sam Rubin.
Adult fiction: My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent and The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.
Teen fiction: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Teen graphic novels: Hey Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka
Kids’ non fiction: Joan Proctor, Dragon Doctor by Patricia Valdez

I enjoy reading all kinds of books for all kinds of audiences. Here are 3 I really loved this year, for kids, teens, and adults.

Picture Book for Children: The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer, illlustrated by Ekua Holmes – This is by far the most gorgeous book I’ve seen all year. Ekua Holmes is an award-winning Boston-based artist, and for this book, she began the process by making her own marbled paper. Holmes’ artwork pairs perfectly with Bauer’s beautiful poetry about creation and space.

Graphic Novel for Tweens & Teens: Be Prepared by Vera Brogsol – A hilarious and heartfelt ode to the awkwardness of youth, and the growth that happens when a kid goes away to summer camp. But in Vera’s case, she attends Russian Orthodox summer camp. Here she has to deal with mean girls, outhouses, and long hikes with the added bonus of being forced to speak Russian and attend long Orthodox church services outdoors in the rain. A great book for anyone who has ever felt homesick or left out, or knows the joy of finding a true friend.

Nonfiction for Adults: The Library Book by Susan Orlean – If you’re reading this blog, you probably like libraries and books, so chances are you will like this new title by award-winning journalist Orlean. The book is a love-letter to public libraries as well as a mystery story about the LA library fire of 1986. You’ll learn about the history of libraries, meet some truly fascinating characters, and be swept away by Orlean’s beautiful prose.


An American Marriage by Tayari Jones explores what happens when a newlywed is sentenced to twelve years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, leaving his wife to carry on without him. The characters were realistic and flawed and seeing the strain on their relationship was painful. The straightforward, conversational writing style makes it easy to become immersed in the characters and their story.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin has a compelling premise: a group of four siblings make a visit to a mysterious woman who tells them when they each will die, and for the rest of the book we see how their lives play out. Their stories are engrossing in and of themselves, but there’s also great fodder for conversations about fate and destiny and how much control we really have over our lives.

So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo is basically what it sounds like: a guide for talking about race. Each chapter answers a question, like “What if I talk about race wrong?” “What are microaggressions?” or “I just got called racist, what do I do now?” It’s packed with information about race in America and advice on how to have meaningful, productive conversations about it. Oluo is brilliant, thoughtful, clear-headed, and concise. This should be required reading for anyone who wants to take part in the current conversation about race.


I did a lot of re-reading this year, visiting many old favorites. But some of my favorite new reads were actually new books, so here you go.
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – I loved this one even more than “Uprooted”.
The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld – Sweet picture book about the power of quiet support.
Saga vol 9 by Brian K Vaughan – This series just keeps getting better and better.
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love – A wonderful picture book about acceptance and celebrating differences.
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang – A beautiful graphic novel with a sweet story.
Birding Is My Favorite Video Game by Rosemary Moscoe – Wonderful illustrations and humor mixed in with actual information.
Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs – The latest in the Alpha and Omega series, continuing the adventures of my favorite werewolf couple.


Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen

A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni

Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Things We Haven’t Said edited by Erin E. Moulton

Not My Idea by Angela Higginbotham

The Day You Begin by Jaqueline Woodson

Soof by Sarah Weeks

She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore

 


My favorites from 2018 were:

  • Circe by Madeline Miller – A gorgeously written account of the life of the legendary witch Circe.  I loved seeing how Circe moved between various myths and legends throughout her long, immortal life, and seeing all the mythological figures that she interacted with, from Daedalus to Odysseus, and more.  The book doesn’t shy away from the terrible things done to Circe, and mortals, by the gods.
  • Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis, Illus. Shae Beagle – An adorable story set in a world that looks a lot like ours, except populated by werewolves, centaurs, witches and more.  We follow two friends, a werewolf named Julie and a centaur named Chet, as they go about their daily lives as baristas in this simultaneously magical and mundane world.
  • I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya – A thoughtful, short meditation on men, gender, and imagining what masculinity could be.
  • Vengeful by V.E. Schwab – I like, but didn’t love the first book in this series, so I hadn’t planned to continue on with the rest of it.  It wasn’t until I saw the author at New York Comic Con where she spoke about the book and how great it was writing one of the villains as a woman who revels in her anger at a system that kept her from having real power, that I decided to give it a chance.  (I love villains who’s motives and personality are understandable and relatable.) I’m really glad I gave it a shot.  In this book the returning characters felt much more fleshed out, and the new characters were even better than the original cast.  If, like me, you didn’t love Vicious, I’d still recommend giving Vengeful a shot!
  • A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson – As the title says, a quick and easy primer on how & why to use they/them singular pronouns, which are mostly used by gender nonconforming, nonbinary, & genderqueer, etc. people. Told in graphic novel format, this fun & breezy guide is easy to pick up & makes a great reference to go back to time & time again.
  • Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi – Loosely autobiographical, this novel tells the story of Ada, who shares her body with spirits that alternately seek to protect and destroy her.  A fascinating look at the life of a fragmented person struggling to keep everything together.
  • The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara – This novel fictionalizes the lives of several of the subjects of the documentary Paris Is Burning, which thrust queer ball culture into the mainstream.  The novel is beautiful and heartbreaking, following a cast of characters who struggle to make their way through life. They’re poor, they’re gay and transgender, they’re Latinx, and because of this, there is a lot against them.  What they do have going for them is that they’ve found each other and made a family together.
  • Butch Heroes by Ria Brodell – Brodell is an amazing artist who creates illustrations of masculine of center women throughout history, and accompanies them with stories of their lives & exploits.  Beautiful to look at, and a great step towards rediscovering queer and gender-nonconforming people that have been erased by history.
A lot of my favorite series either continued or concluded this year too, so here’s a list of those:

 


Admittedly I have been pretty bad at keeping up with new releases but there were some standouts:

Descender vol. 6: The Machine War was an extremely fitting conclusion to the descender series that seemed to flip every Humanity vs. Machine trope on it’s head. I am extremely excited for the Ascender series which will take place 100 years (I believe) after the Descender series.

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata was an excellent read

-I am currently about halfway through Severance by Ling Ma. So far this book is proving to be an extremely unique and profoundly affecting post-apocalyptic novel.


A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies
Rock Manning Goes for Broke
My Brother’s Husband, Volume 2
A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

 

 

 

 


What were your favorite books of the year?  Let us know in the comments below!

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Best Video Games of 2018

We played a lot of games in 2018, but here are the best of the best according to library staff!

Hands down, Red Dead Redemption 2!
I love any game where I can just walk around exploring an entirely new and different world, gathering herbs and having random conversations with NPCs (non-player characters). I don’t really care for anything-Western themed, but I appreciated the change in scenery after Fallout 76 bombed miserably.
As a prequel to Red Dead Redemption, you get a bit of backstory regarding outlaw John Marston while also getting a chance to play former Van der Linde gang member Arthur Morgan, who is a symbol of the old, deteriorating Wild West.
If you like action, riding horses, and going on missions (i.e. robberies and heists) with your “gang,” then I’d definitely recommend this one. You can also hunt, shoot guns, and make decisions that shape the trajectory of the game.
By now, I would expect Rockstar Studios to start using diverse protagonists, other than white men questioning life choices. It would’ve been awesome to play as Sadie Adler, a female character with more courage than the rest of the gang, but I’m hoping her story continues and shapes future games.


Gris (Switch – Digital Download)
A short, atmospheric, and emotional game.  It’s plain to see that the game is gorgeous – pretty much every scene while I was playing could be put in a picture frame and hung on a wall.  You play as a character who’s world is leeched of color.  She can barely move at the start of the game.  Along the journey, she rediscovers colors one by one and gains more abilities to help her traverse the world.  The story is a subtle tale about grief, sadness, and depression.  This is a pretty straightforward platformer, where you run, jump, swim, and more to navigate different areas and solve puzzles.  The puzzles are fun and make you think, but aren’t impossibly difficult.  Best played in one sitting to really absorb the mood and emotion the narrative weaves. 
Detroit: Become Human (PS4)
I played Heavy Rain a few years ago and really enjoyed it, so when I heard that the same studio was coming out with a game about androids, I was really excited because I’m obsessed with robots.  Fast forward to this year & I really enjoyed my playthrough of Detroit: Become Human, despite a few flaws here & there.  The game follows 3 different android characters in a not-so-distant future where using extremely lifelike androids for all manner of jobs & chores has become ubiquitous.  These androids begin to gain sentience and seek their freedom in different ways.  There are some overly obvious comparisons drawn between the android’s quest for freedom and other civil rights movements in human history that feel a bit ham-fisted and inelegant, especially considering that for many groups the quest for equality is far from over.   Overall though, the narrative and characters are well written and emotionally touching.  The real focus of the game is the narrative and gameplay mostly consists of moving your character from place to place and inputting button commands to complete tasks.  I enjoyed the fact that there were many story branches to explore, with vastly different endings based on the choices you make throughout the game ranging from hopeful and optimistic to downright devastating.  Definitely worth a playthrough if you’re a fan of games that tell a good story!
A very nostalgic game that calls back to the RPGs of yesteryear while modernizing gameplay to keep things fresh.  You select one of eight characters to act as your “main” character, but end up playing through each of the character’s stories throughout the game.  Characters each have a unique special ability to use on the town maps that are necessary to complete main & side quests, so you’ll be swapping characters in and out constantly.  Each tale has elements that will seem familiar to long time players of RPGs, but most have an unexpected twist to the familiar plot points as the story progresses.  Gameplay involves random battles, which aren’t my favorite, but you eventually get an ability that reduces the encounter rate dramatically for those moments you just want to get from point A to point B without fighting a ton of weak monsters. The battle system is turn based, but adds some interesting mechanics, such as hitting enemy weakness to “break” them, and Battle Points, which let you expend points to unleash charged up attacks all at once.  It requires a surprising amount of strategy – deciding when to break your enemy based on how many BP you have accumulated, which buffs and debuffs you have up, etc.  A must play for old school RPG fans!
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (PS4 & Xbox One)
I’d played the first 2 Assassin’s Creed games a long time ago, and had decided that the games were fine but not exactly my cup of tea.  I tend to prefer games that have more meat to the story and Assassin’s Creed just didn’t do it for me.  I was intrigued about some of the later games, like Syndicate and Origins, but didn’t feel compelled enough to pick them up.  The hype around Odyssey was just too much for me to pass up, and I’m really glad I didn’t.  The world really feels lived in and the NPCs all seem to have a personality.  I love how the game is serious, but doesn’t take itself too seriously and doesn’t shy away from humor.  You play as one of two siblings, Kassandra or Alexios, as a mysthios (mercenary) who travels across the ancient Greek world during a war between Sparta and Athens. (Please do yourself a favor and play as Kassandra, she makes for a much better character to see the world through than Alexios.)  You get to meet important historical figures like Hippocrates & Socrates and woo NPCs across the Greek world.  There are naval battles, which weren’t my favorite, but they made complete sense given the island based setting.  The story is compelling, and tells the tale of just before the Assassins as an organization were formed. The gameplay is fun and fluid, and you have such a diverse choice of weapons and abilities to pick from that there’s going to be something to suit any playstyle.  I took mostly the assassin route and thoroughly enjoy infiltrating enemy camps and wiping them out before anyone even knows what happened.  This game was definitely worth all the excitement, I’m so glad I picked it up! 
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu & EeveeVersions (Switch)
I’m a big Pokemon fan, so I obviously enjoyed this.  There’s not much to say in terms of the story – it’s the same Gen 1 story I’ve played a zillion times, but with better graphics and the fun inclusion of Jesie and James from Team Rocket throughout.  I used the Pokeball controller and found that to actually be the easiest way to play the game, despite not having the full menu of options available in other play methods.  (Also, it was just super fun throwing the Pokeball to catch Pokemon.)  There are no more wild Pokemon battles – instead you catch Pokemon the same way you do in Pokemon Go.  Simply throw a Pokeball (maybe a berry to make it easier) and hope for the best!  You get experience bonuses for hitting inside the ring as it gets smaller.  Trainer battles actually felt tougher than I remembered –  I was often 10+ levels higher than my opponents and still taking huge chunks of damage from attacks that weren’t even super effective!  You can import Pokemon from your Pokemon Go account about 3/4 of the way through the game, including the new Pokemon Meltan and Melmetal.  All in all, a fun & beautiful look at a world that’s well trodden at this point.  I kinda wish they’d chosen a different region to explore, because I’m kinda done with all the Kanto remakes, but now I’m even more excited about the new generation of Pokemon that’s set to come out on the Switch next year!


What did you think was 2018’s best video game?  Let us know in the comments below!
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Not-So Young Adult Book Group Reads The 57 Bus (January 14)

The next NSYA group meeting will take place on Monday, January 14 at 7pm in the 4th floor’s conference room. We’ll be discussing The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater.

Goodreads description:

33155325One teenager in a skirt.
One teenager with a lighter.
One moment that changes both of their lives forever.

If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

Copies of the book are available at the front desk.

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Reel Queer Watches… I Am Not Your Negro

Join us on Tuesday 12/18 to watch the Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson & based on the book James Baldwin left unfinished upon his death.

“I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.

Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.”

This film is rated PG-13 and has a runtime of 1h 33min.

**Please note that our elevator will be down for maintenance on this date!**
You can enter the Community Room via the stairs on the side of the building facing the parking lot.  If you’re unable to use stairs, please let someone at the Reference Desk know & they will help you access the room.  We apologize for the inconvenience!

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NSYA Book Group Meeting – Reminder (December 17)

31446033The next NSYA group meeting will take place Monday, December 17 at 7pm in Robbins Library’s conference room (4th floor). We’ll be discussing The truth about forever by Sarah Dessen.

Copies of the next book,  The 57 bus by Dashka Slater, are on their way and will be available to pick up after the meeting.

Side note: The elevator will be down for repairs from December 17 until January 14.

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Podcasts Beyond the Binary

Are you a fan of podcasts?  Looking for some new ones to listen to?  Interested in learning more about gender beyond the binary?  If so, we’ve got the perfect list for you!

  • The Gender Rebels is a weekly question-and-answer podcast that explores life outside the binary; crossdressing, transgender topics, queer life and anything else that helps break down the gender binary.
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  • Gender Reveal is a podcast that centers nonbinary, transgender, and queer folks. They interview LGBTQIA+ artists, activists, and educators; answer listener questions; analyze current events; and get a little bit closer to understanding what the heck gender is.
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  • How to Be a Girl is an audio podcast about a single mom’s life with her six-year-old transgender daughter as they attempt to sort out just what it means to be a girl.
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  • One From the Vaults is a trans history podcast by Morgan M Page. Bringing you all the dirt, gossip, and glamour from trans history!
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  • Public Trans is a new podcast for trans people by trans people. An informal conversation between your hosts, Mac and Ave, Public Trans talks about what it means to be trans in the public eye, taking the structure of your morning commute.
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  • Queery – Sit in on an hour long-conversation between host and standup comic, Cameron Esposito, and some of the brightest luminaries in the LGBTQ+ family. Queery explores individual stories of identity, personality and the shifting cultural matrix around gender, sexuality and civil rights.  (Not exclusively trans/nonbinary focused, but hosts a number of guests that fall under the trans umbrella.)
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  • Trans Advocate – News, essays, and talk about issues affecting the transgender, intersex, and genderqueer community.
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  • Trans Atlantic Podcast – A conversation about transgender topics, from across the pond.
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  • Transmission is breaking transgender stereotypes one episode at a time. Host Jackson Bird sits down with a fellow trans person each episode to talk about their experiences in our new age of heightened trans visibility.
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Next Robbins Library Book Discussion Group | Monday January 7

The Robbins Library Book Discussion Group will next meet on Monday January 7 at 7 pm in the Robbins Library Community Room.

The group discusses “Swerve” by Stephen Greenblatt. New members are welcome. The book will be available at the Circulation Desk after December 3.

 

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