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LGBTQ+ Reads

Whether you're part of the LGBTQ+ community, are an ally to the community, or you just want to read about experiences other than your own, we have books in every genre that fit the bill. There have been great strides in the publishing world in recent years to offer more diverse books to readers; books that reflect more of the general population. The selection below are some of the best LGBTQ+ books that have been released just in the first half of 2022. Keep an eye on our new releases for many more to come throughout the year!

Audiobook Month

June is Audiobook Month/Audiobook Appreciation Month, and we at FRVPLD are always ready to celebrate this way of reading. Aren’t audiobooks cheating, you may ask? Definitely not! Reading is reading, whatever form it takes. Studies have shown that there is no significant difference in how the brain comprehends audio vs text books. Humans were oral storytellers for tens of thousands of years before the written word evolved, so it takes us back to our roots.

Shakespeare Retold

As a massive Shakespeare nerd, April 23 is a holiday to me. It’s believed to be the date of Shakespeare's birth and is known to be the date of his death. But, as he writes himself in Sonnet 18, the written word gifts immortality. “So long as men can breathe or eyes can see/So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”

Over the years, countless authors have given new life to Shakespeare’s works, which were themselves mostly retellings of older stories. Below is a small sampling of novels that are retellings of or loosely inspired by the Bard’s works.

Community Discussion for Social Change

Have you heard about our Community Discussion for Social Change (C.D.S.C.)? It’s a newer monthly discussion group to talk about social issues that are important to our community. Prior to taking on the name of C.D.S.C., we kicked things off in December with a three-part discussion of The 1619 Project. Once we wrapped up those sessions, we switched gears to focus on a different text each month.

Women's History Month Reading Challenge Reading Recommendations

Women's History Month is celebrated annually in March, with International Women's Day falling on Tuesday, March 8 this year. As Kirstin's blog here details, we are doing another Beanstack Reading Challenge to celebrate this month. Take a look at her post for information about how to sign up, prizes, and more. I'm here to share our recommended reads for the challenge.

Black History Month Reading Challenge Recommendations

As you may have seen in Kirstin’s blog post a few days ago, FRVPLD is excited to present the Black History Month Reading Challenge starting tomorrow and running through the month of February. While we’re all about reading diversely the entire year, we want to truly put the focus on these authors during Black History Month.

Favorite Music of 2021

I took the easy way out from having to choose my favorite books of the year and blogged about  the library's top circulating novels instead. I couldn't deal with the struggle of narrowing down my favorite reads, and I'm not sure why I convinced myself that choosing my favorite albums would be any easier! There was so much brilliant music released this year, but I eventually managed to narrow my top picks a bit. While all of the albums were released in 2021, a couple of the songs selected to represent the album have been around longer than their official releases. 

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