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At Library AF, we want to meet adult readers where they are now! Whether that be in local libraries or out in the community (and currently from the comfort of their home). For the young adult readers (and those still young at heart), join us for monthly book club discussions in Midtown, lively pop culture banter, and other enjoyable non-traditional programs.

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"Forever Young Adult" Book Club 🌈🦄💕

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Join us for another edition of the "Forever Young Adult" book club, where it's all teen fiction, all the time! Our selection for May is "The Boy in the Black Suit" by (my favorite author) Jason Reynolds.

"Just when seventeen-year-old Matt thinks he can’t handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl who’s dealt with a lot more—and who just might be able to clue him in on how to rise up when life keeps knocking him down—in this wry, gritty novel from the author of When I Was the Greatest.

Matt wears a black suit every day. No, not because his mom died—although she did, and it sucks. But he wears the suit for his gig at the local funeral home, which pays way better than the Cluck Bucket, and he needs the income since his dad can’t handle the bills (or anything, really) on his own. So while Dad’s snagging bottles of whiskey, Matt’s snagging fifteen bucks an hour. Not bad. But everything else? Not good. Then Matt meets Lovey. She’s got a crazy name, and she’s been through more crazy than he can imagine. Yet Lovey never cries. She’s tough. Really tough. Tough in the way Matt wishes he could be. Which is maybe why he’s drawn to her, and definitely why he can’t seem to shake her. Because there’s nothing more hopeful than finding a person who understands your loneliness—and who can maybe even help take it away."

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Book Club: This Is How It Always Is

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Both a Reese Witherspoon book club selection (Oct 2018) and a featured titled from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine's reading list on LGBTQ Health, "This Is How It Always Is" by Laurie Frankel is our June pick!

"This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them.

This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated.

This is how children change…and then change the world.

This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.

When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.

Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever."

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"Forever Young Adult" Book Club 🌈🦄💕

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Join us for another edition of the "Forever Young Adult" book club, where it's all teen fiction, all the time! Our selection for June is "Internment" by Samira Ahmed.

"Rebellions are built on hope.

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.

With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp's Director and his guards.

Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today."

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Book Club: How Long 'Til Black Future Month?

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This science fiction short story collection comes highly recommended from some of my most trusted librarians, so let's dig in to "How Long 'Til Black Future Month?" by N.K. Jemisin.

"In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded city of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow south must figure out how to save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story “The City Born Great,” a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis’s soul."

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Book Club: The Library Book

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