Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge: A Book with an LGBTQ+ Protagonist

The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.


We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A Book with an LGBTQ+ Protagonist.”


Many LGTBQ+ individuals find community, understanding, and connection in books that feature characters like themselves.  For their friends and family, books with LGTBQ+ characters can be tools for understanding and supporting those they care about. As always, click on the book title or image to place the item on hold in our catalog.


All I Love and Know by Judith Frank
The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansans by C.J. Janovy
Place to Belong by Claire Boston
Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen
Some Hell by Patrick Nathan
Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala
Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi
Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride
Willa & Hesper by Amy Feltman
If I Was Your Girl by Meridith Russo
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Kahn
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Makenzie Lee

Happy Reading!

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Reflecting on 9/11

Reflecting on 9/11

by Tom Taylor, Director Andover Public Library

I was only several months into my library career on September 11, 2001. That morning I turned on the radio on my short drive to work. Instead of the typical mundane banter, I heard Peter Jennings’ voice mentioning that a second plane had hit the World Trade Center. As soon as I got into the library, I asked my coworker if it were true. She said it was. Someone on staff wheeled out the TV into the main floor of the library and turned it on. People coming in to the library watched. Many, including myself, in tears. Our internet speed was really slow that day due to all of the traffic worldwide. We did our best to answer people’s questions.

Soon books about first responders, terrorism, Islam, Iraq and Afghanistan were checked out and had waiting lists. Later we ordered many books about the attack, terrorism, conspiracy theories and George W Bush. When copies of the Quran disappeared from the Library, the local Islamic society donated more. That is the role of the Library, connecting people with information. A role libraries continue to fill to this day.

This attack and our country’s response were the defining moments of the time and reverberate to this day. Those of age likely have their own stories of where they were when they found out. Personally, I was worried for a friend. My college friends and I were emailing back and forth rapidly (this was before Facebook and mass adoption of texting). Didn’t S____V____ work there? Yes he did. A few days later we received an email from S____V____ stating that he had felt ill that day so he stayed home. Providence smiled on him that day. Many others were not so lucky. In honor of them and those that they left behind, we remember.

See the libraries holdings on 9/11

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New Graphic Novels – August 2019

New Graphic Novels

The Batman Who Laughs


Black Widow: No Restraints Play #1-5

Conan: The Jewels of Gwahlur and Other Stories

William Shakespeare’s Hamlet



Aquaman: Unspoken Water #8

Attack on Titan #28

Batman and Harley Quinn

Black Panther: The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda, Part Two

Swamp Thing: Roots of Terror


Star Wars, Doctor Aphra: Volume 5, Worst Among Equals

Teen Titans: Full Throttle

Daredevil: Know Fear

Snow White with the Red Hair 1

Snow White with the Red Hair 2


YA Graphic Novels

Harley Quinn



Fruits Basket 9-11

Komi Can’t Communicate, Vol. 1

One-Punch Man 17: Because I’m the Bald Cape?

We Never Learn, Vol. 4


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