AAH Education Presents: NYPL Bookmobile Spotlights “Alice Austen Lived Here” by Alex Gino
Free Admission, no registration required.
Enjoy a reading from a chapter of Alice Austen Lived Here and picnic on the lawn with the NYPL Bookmobile. Free self guided museum tours to participating families.
From Alex Gino the award-winning author of Melissa, Alice Austen Lived Here is a phenomenal novel about queerness past, present, and future.
Sam is very in touch with their own queer identity. They’re nonbinary, and their best friend, TJ, is nonbinary as well. Sam’s family is very cool with it…as long as Sam remembers that nonbinary kids are also required to clean their rooms, do their homework, and try not to antagonize their teachers too much.
The teacher-respect thing is hard when it comes to Sam’s history class, because their teacher seems to believe that only Dead Straight Cis White Men are responsible for history. When Sam’s home borough of Staten Island opens up a contest for a new statue, Sam finds the perfect non-DSCWM subject: photographer Alice Austen, whose house has been turned into a museum, and who lived with a female partner for decades.
Soon, Sam’s project isn’t just about winning the contest. It’s about discovering a rich queer history that Sam’s a part of — a queer history that no longer needs to be quiet, as long as there are kids like Sam and TJ to stand up for it.
The NYPL Bookmobile service provides access to library services in neighborhoods where the local branch is temporarily closed for renovation, and makes stops at community events and local partner organizations. Whether on the move or at an event, our Bookmobile service supports the Library’s mission to enhance access to knowledge and information across our city. What’s more, it’s proof that reading takes you places!
At our Bookmobiles, you can:
- Sign up for a library card.
- Browse a small collection of books for people of all ages.
- Speak with a librarian to get reading recommendations, reference services, and more.
- Return and renew books.
- Manage your account. (Though please note, fees cannot be settled at Bookmobiles.)