I went to my local library today looking for books to review for this blog and found a grand total of 1 (Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan).
I’m thinking about writing/emailing the library to ask them to consider adding more LGBTQ+ books to their Young Adult section, has anyone ever done this before and been successful? Does anyone have any tips on how to go about it?
Reblogging because referencemixologist does it for a living (is a YA librarian).
The best way to request/suggest materials is to talk directly to the person in charge of purchasing YA materials. Bring a list of books you’d like them to consider buying. I know there are classics but keep requests as current as possible (books that came out within the last 3-5 years) because they’ll be easier to get through whatever vendor they get their books from.
Also, is your library the only library in your city/town? If not definitely look at what other libraries where you live have to offer (there should be a system wide catalog) and if they offer just as little it’d be good to write the director of the library/library system.
Thank you, that’s a massive help. I’ll make sure to do that, I already have a semi-formed list in mind of books that should fit.
Reblogging in case any of our followers feel the same way and want to try contacting their own local libraries.
-LaurenOur local library system here in Alachua County lets you log into the library site remotely and suggest books. As they come in, they’re automatically put on hold for you and you get an email. I’ve been suggesting LGBTQ+ books left and right and when I actually spoke to one of the acquisitions people about it, to my surprise she was actually really grateful. I guess I should have realized that straight staff members would have no idea where to start looking, which was what was going on. (I think many people don’t even think theycan request queer books because they’re afraid the requests will be rejected for the same reason the people fear they’ll be rejected. But we might as well try.)
The library I work for as a site-wide catalog where you can search for terms like “lesbian” or “bisexuality” and books prominently featuring these topics will come up. (I think I found over a 100 books with “lesbian” as a keyword last time I checked).
We have an online “suggestion box” as well, though I don’t know how often suggested books are actually purchased. My library requires every book in its collection to be reviewed by an “official” media source first (which kinda sucks, IMO).