At a very special meeting last Wednesday night, the Sylvan Way Teen Advisory Board discussed their feelings about the tragedy in Orlando. The teens responded with empathy and thoughtfulness, and noted that it does not matter how far away, we are all connected. I listened to their comments and each person had a chance to reflect. When one community is in pain, all communities feel that pain. The teen group had an open dialog and many different viewpoints were shared with respect for all perspectives. The takeaway the teens wanted to share is that the greatest thing we can do in the face of tragedy is to be tolerant of one another and to be a force for good in our community. Even when disagreements happen, teens at the library have safe spaces to speak and to listen with compassion. I want to thank all of the members of Sylvan Way's Teen Advisory Board for inspiring the following list of colorful reads, with love from our book shelves to yours.

Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin
Six transgender teens share passionate, groundbreaking, and absolutely true experiences in a powerful collection of memoirs. 

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
An award-winning, humorous tale of a fantastically eccentric lesbian teen with strong themes of God, family, acceptance, and love.

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin Max lives a remarkably charmed life as a high school superstar until someone from his past attempts to shame him in an unforgettable way.

Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix
If Jane Austen wrote Mulan with a magical fantasy twist! A lady disguised as a gent crosses paths with an unexpected ally and discovers magic is deeper than mustaches.  

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
In the third installment of The Raven Cycle, an expansive cast meets a mesmerizing and swoon worthy twist.

Want to make a difference and affect change at the library? Join in Teen Advisory Board meetings near you:

Port Orchard

Poulsbo

Sylvan Way

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