You can ‘Discover YOUth’ at Library

Picton Branch of the Prince Edward County Public Library. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

June is Pride Month, and to celebrate, members of Discover YOUth have shared some suggested reads.

Discover YOUth is a group that welcomes 2SLGBTQ+ youth to gather, both virtually and in person (Covid protocols permitting).

2SLGBTQIA+ is an acronym standing for Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual, and the + represents the many identities that don’t fit into the acronym.

The group have shared some picks by and about 2SLGBTQIA+ people with us. The first title they suggest is “Kings, Queens and In-Betweens” by Tanya Boteju. Perpetually awkward Nima Kumara-Clark is bored with her insular community of Bridgeton, in love with her straight girlfriend, and trying to move past her mother’s unexpected departure. After a bewildering encounter at a local festival, Nima finds herself suddenly immersed in the drag scene on the other side of town.

Another pick is “Gracefully Grayson” by Ami Polonsky. Kirkus reviews describes it as “A kind and earnest look at a young transgender adolescent’s experience”, and novel tells the story of Grayson who realizes a dream but attracts controversy by taking a female role in the school play

If you enjoy graphic novels, members of Discover YOUth suggest “Beetle and the Hollowbones” by  Aliza Layne. This book is a Stonewall honor pick featuring an enchanting, riotous, and playfully illustrated debut graphic novel following a young goblin trying to save her best friend from the haunted mall. This title is described as perfect for fans of Steven Universe and Adventure Time.

The group also suggests some films, starting with “Moonlight”, starring Mahershala Ali. A.O. Scott for the New York Times said about the film” The nature and meaning of manhood is one of [the film’s] chief concerns. How tough are you supposed to be? How cruel? How tender? How brave? And how are you supposed to learn?”

Members of Discover YOUth also suggested “Billy Elliot”, the story about a young boy whose life is changed by dance. These are just some of the many books and films with 2SLGBTQIA+ characters and authors available at the library. We’ll be sharing more on Facebook and Instagram. The library welcomes any suggestions you may have for newly released titles you would like to read.

Ask at any branch of the library, visit or email me directly . Youth who are interesting in learning more about Discover YOUth can contact the program lead, Joanna, by emailing or calling (613) 476-5962. The group is planning some Pride events and would welcome new members.

-Liz Zylstra