Teen Vogue has been hitting it out of the park lately with their thoughtful, timely, and superbly written articles. And this one in particular took me right to the printer to keep a reference list.
How to Use Gender-Neutral Words is a topic more of us are discussing lately, and to be honest, it’s difficult to come up with appropriate terms for every label we’ve ever known. With more people identifying as nonbinary, transgender, or cisgender, our labels are quickly losing ground, and we need to find appropriate terms. Often, people are open enough that they are willing to answer a question about what they’d prefer to be called, but often, you might feel the need to know someone well enough to ask. The writers at Teen Vogue did it for us…and they’re amazing! Some are a bit tricky to get used to, but practice makes perfect!
Remember when your primary school teacher used to say “Good morning, boys and girls”? I can’t quite picture a teacher opening a class with “Good morning, Kiddos”, but maybe? Print the list and start using the terms.
But this story is soooo thorough, it goes beyond simply what to call a nonbinary person. They discuss:
- using nonbinary terms even when there are no non-binary people present
- keeping other people accountable for their language, not as a scold, but as a teaching tool
- how even people who don’t identify as nonbinary or cisgender can be offended by binary language (They use our favourite example of women being grouped by a word such as “ladies”, because it implies a gender stereotype.)
Take a few minutes to review the list and read the article closely. It will open your eyes. Bravo, Teen Vogue!
It was inevitable…a multi-media version of a book, but not in the way you might think. We’re used to audiobooks, and podcasts, but a new book by YA author Courtney Summers does something a little different.
The first half of SADIE is narrated by the protagonist, in this true-crime YA novel mix. The second half of the book is told through supposed podcast transcripts told from the perspective of a fictional radio journalist. And now, the transcripts have come to life in a podcast called The Girls, adapted straight from the book. Isn’t this a fun way to get into a book?
You can hear the podcast now free on iTunes, and read the book which just came out on September 4/18 to get the most of out of the story. Let’s hope this becomes a bit of a regular thing!
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, the latest editions are going to get your heart racing! All you need to know is which house you belong to!
That’s right, the newest editions are going to be House-Specific. They’ll have colour-specific covers, with the house crests, which will be explained inside! So far, it looks like it’s just Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets which is going to be released this way, but no doubt the entire series will get the treatment eventually. For true Harry Potter fans, these will be definitely be added to a current collection!
Will you buy one?
It’s hot. Let’s face it…summer isn’t ending anytime soon. But if you’re looking for a few fun August things to beat the heat, the latest issue of Good Housekeeping magazine has some great recipes for making your own ice cream. Doesn’t that sound yummy?
You can access all of the recipes, and the rest of the magazine, from our website on Flipster. Just drop by our website, and click on the Good Housekeeping cover as you see it scroll by the bottom of the screen. You can read the entire magazine on your computer, phone or tablet. Now that’s cool!
Honestly, one of the funniest things we’ve seen in a long time. Version one….a Hollywood Reporter cover with the Kardashians. The Invercargill City Librarians did their own take on this back in the fall. Totally unplanned, right?
These are the last two days we’re open before Christmas. Don’t forget to ask for your PIN so that you can renew items, place holds, or download anything you might need over the holidays. It’s easy, and you’ll feel like the library is open 24/7.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23 —– Open 10am – 5pm
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24 —– CLOSED
MONDAY, DECEMBER 25 —- CLOSED
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26 —- CLOSED
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27 —- Open 1:30pm- 8:00pm
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28 —- Open 1:30pm – 8:00pm
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29 —- Open 9:30am – 5:30pm
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30 —- Open 10:00am – 5:00pm
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31 — CLOSED
MONDAY, JANUARY 1 — CLOSED