Posts Tagged ‘LGBTQIA+’


ICPL at Iowa City Pride

by Melody Dworak on June 6th, 2019

Iowa City PrideThe Iowa City Public Library is proud to be a sponsor of Iowa City Pride this year. It is the 49th anniversary of Iowa City’s own Pride Parade, and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which catapulted the gay liberation movement onto the national scene.

New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969. This led to more protesting and public unrest in a city where police would routinely harass an entrap homosexuals by posing as men cruising the street.

And although society has come a long way in 50 years, we still have more work to do. Finding a single-stall bathroom can still be a challenge for transfolk, for example. (The Library has a single-stall restroom available in the Children’s Room, open to anyone.)

So what is the Library doing to support Pride this year? We are delighted to be participating in the following ways: Read the rest of this entry »

The Prince and the Dressmaker

by Casey Maynard on November 16th, 2018

The Prince and the Dressmaker The first of our Mock Caldecott selections up for review is Jen Wang’s “The Prince and the Dressmaker”. Set in Paris at the turn of the century, this graphic novel is part realistic fiction, part fairy tale and wholly delightful. Not only is the story exquisite, expanding on all of the wonderful fairy tale tropes with which audiences are familiar, but the visual storytelling is truly remarkable.

Since we’re focusing on the art, all I will say plot wise is that this is about a young prince, Sebastian, who enjoys dresses and whose parents are trying to find him a marriage match. He happens across an up an coming haute couture seamstress, Frances, who agrees to make dresses for him to wear in secret. Tensions arise as Frances tries to reconcile wanting to help Sebastian and keep his secret with wanting to further her career. Read the rest of this entry »