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Date:
February 26, 2024
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:

Virtual

Email:
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Virtual - LGBTQ+ Book Club: Read "Friday I'm In Love" *For 15-100

Monday, February 26, 2024

We are so pleased to be partnering with the Peabody Institute Library (Peabody, MA) and Parker Memorial Library (Dracut, MA), which will be hosting, to bring this book club for the LGBTQ+ community! and allies! If you are between the ages of 15-100 (yes, really!) and would like to chat about books that celebrate LGBTQ+ lives, and to use books as a springboard to discuss the challenges, we hope you can join us. This month's book selection is "Friday I'm In Love" by Camryn Garrett (she/her). This book club will be facilitated by librarians from the LGBTQ+ community.

About the book:

Mahalia Harris wants. She wants a big Sweet Sixteen like her best friend, Naomi. She wants the super-cute new girl Siobhan to like her back. She wants a break from worrying--about money, snide remarks from white classmates, pitying looks from church ladies . . . all of it. Then inspiration strikes: It's too late for a Sweet Sixteen, but what if she had a coming-out party? A singing, dancing, rainbow-cake-eating celebration of queerness on her own terms. The idea lights a fire beneath her, and soon Mahalia is scrimping and saving, taking on extra hours at her afterschool job, trying on dresses, and awkwardly flirting with Siobhan, all in preparation for the coming out of her dreams. But it's not long before she's buried in a mountain of bills, unfinished schoolwork, and enough drama to make her English lit teacher blush. With all the responsibility on her shoulders, will Mahalia's party be over before it's even begun? A novel about finding yourself, falling in love, and celebrating what makes you you. 


About the author: 

CAMRYN GARRETT grew up in New York and began her writing career at thirteen, when she was selected as a TIME for Kids reporter, interviewing celebrities like Warren Buffett and Kristen Bell. Since then, her writing has appeared on MTV and in HuffPost and Rookie magazine, and she was recently selected as one of Teen Vogue 's "21 Under 21: Girls Who Are Changing the World." When she's not writing, she studies film at NYU, and she's a proud advocate for diverse stories and storytellers in any medium. Her first two novels, Full Disclosure and Off the Record , received rave reviews from outlets such as EW, Glamour, and SLJ , which said, in its starred review, "Readers will fall in love." Friday I'm in Love is her third novel and first rom-com.


You can order a copy of the book from our online catalog or we'll have several copies in the library if you'd like to come by and pick one up.  


Please register for this event to receive the Zoom link. The registration link to the right will take you to the calendar for Parker Memorial Library in Dracut, the host for this program. Registration opens January 22, 2024 at 7 pm. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at ashlandprograms@minlib.net.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library, Parker Memorial Library (Dracut) and the Peabody Institute Library (Peabody).


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