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September Kid Readers Unite (KRU) book discussion of Alice Austen Lived Here
Wednesday September 21 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Who is the event for? Grades 4-6
This month’s title: Alice Austen Lived Here by Alex Gino
When and where is the meeting? Wednesday, 9/21 @ 5 pm IN PERSON @ the Library, Community Room
When can I sign up? starting Tues. 8/30, at 10 AM
Are you in Grades 4-6 and LOVE to read? Do you want to get a free book just for reading? Then KRU is for you!
*Each month we have different genre books: fantasy, scifi, realistic, sometimes even graphic novels!*
Limited number of books available. Due to high demand, we ask that you come in to pick out your book within 5 days of registration.
1. Sign up for this event online. Sign up opens for this event Tues. 8/30, at 10 AM.
2. Pick up your book from the 2nd Floor Kid’s Desk.
Library hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10-8:15 PM, Fri. – Sat. 10-4:45 PM.
No appointment needed.
3. Read the book, show up to the meeting, and you get to keep the book!*
*The rule is if you miss the meeting, you have to turn your book back in, to be fair.
What is this book about?
From the award-winning author of Melissa, a phenomenal novel about queerness past, present, and future.
Sam is very in touch with their own queer identity. They’re nonbinary, and their best friend, TJ, is nonbinary as well. Sam’s family is very cool with it… as long as Sam remembers that nonbinary kids are also required to clean their rooms, do their homework, and try not to antagonize their teachers too much.
The teacher-respect thing is hard when it comes to Sam’s history class, because their teacher seems to believe that only Dead Straight Cis White Men are responsible for history. When Sam’s home borough of Staten Island opens up a contest for a new statue, Sam finds the perfect non-DSCWM subject: photographer Alice Austen, whose house has been turned into a museum, and who lived with a female partner for decades.
Soon, Sam’s project isn’t just about winning the contest. It’s about discovering a rich queer history that Sam’s a part of — a queer history that no longer needs to be quiet, as long as there are kids like Sam and TJ to stand up for it.