Highlighting Black authors during Black History Month in February, displaying books by LGBTQIA authors during Pride Month in June, as well as celebrating other identities during a specific month have become common practices in public libraries. But patrons want to see themselves in the books they read all year long. They also want to read from a variety of perspectives year-round. One way to feature under-represented authors every month is to create ongoing email newsletters with a specific identity focus.
We’ve gathered a handful of exemplary newsletters that we love:
- Dallas Public Library created both a Young Black Reader’s Newsletter as well as a Latinx Reads Newsletter, that covers different genres including poetry.
- Dayton Metro Library has an African American Fiction Newsletter and an LGBTQ @ DML Newsletter for their patrons to receive in their inboxes.
- Lean into seasonal themes to showcase different genres. For example, the Indianapolis Public Library curated horror titles for the October issue of their Black Literature Newsletter as well as the October issue of their Rainbow Reads Newsletter.
- Surrey Libraries in Canada has a newsletter that spotlights titles by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit authors, including books for teens and biographies for adults. In addition to book titles, the LGBTQ2+ Newsletter also includes film and music records.
Search in NoveList to find titles for your newsletters. For example, newsletters could feature memoirs by Jewish authors, highlight novels by Black Canadians, or spotlight nonfiction by Latinx authors.
Use the Advanced Search menu to search by author’s cultural identity, including African American, Asian American, Black Canadian, First Nations, Hispanic American, Jewish, Māori, Muslim, and more. Hold down the shift key to select multiple options. You can also search by author’s gender identity.
Inspired to create your own newsletters in LibraryAware featuring BIPOC and LGBTQIA authors? Follow our step-by-step guide to creating newsletters.