SOMD Librarian Urges Children’s Librarians to “sneakily fit” LGBT “stuff” into Kids’ Story Times

Tess Goldwasser, a children’s librarian for St. Mary’s County (Md.) Public Library, posed this question on the American Library Association’s website: “Do you work for a library in a small, rural, conservative community? Do you wish you could do more to make your library inclusive to the LGBTQIA+ community, but meet with resistance?” Goldwasser followed with some “Tips and tricks to being a secret librarian advocate operative.” Here are some of her suggestions: 

“Sneakily fit stuff into current programs. So you’re not doing Drag Queen Storytime (yet), but you’re probably doing Regular Old Storytime, right? Try to ‘sneak’ inclusive messages into your current programs. For instance, if you’re reading a book about a Mama bear and a Papa bear, maybe when you read it, you just change it to be about two Papa bears!”

“Invite LGBT community partners….If your library has meeting space, reach out to groups like your local PFLAG chapter, or local schools’ LGBT student groups, and let them know that they can hold meetings and host programs at your library.”

To read the article in its’ entirety: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intersections-glbt-book-month-dispatch-small-town-librarian