It has become common practice for libraries to create book displays and programming highlighting Black authors during Black History Month in February, LGBTQIA+ authors during Pride Month in June, as well as celebrating other identities during specific months. However, 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 few exemplary newsletters that we love:
- Dayton Metro Library has an African American Fiction Newsletter and an LGBTQIA+ @ DML Newsletter for their patrons to receive in their inboxes.
- Lean into themes to showcase different genres. For example, the Indianapolis Public Library curated cookbooks past and present for the April issue of their Black Literature Newsletter. They also publish a regular Rainbow Reads Newsletter.
- Surrey Libraries in Canada spotlights book titles, films, and other library services in the LGBTQ2IA+ Newsletter.
Not able to add an extra newsletter to your plate? No problem! You can still celebrate inclusion by making sure to include authors and titles of various under-represented identities in your usual newsletters. 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.
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Jen Heuer Scott is a Marketing Specialist for NoveList. She is currently reading Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality by Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell.