This week at Wembley Library we have a grand unveiling (well, we had flags and free biscuits!) of the books chosen for the library by the Mosaic youth group. The youth centre manager, Lukasz Konieczka, told me a bit about why they wanted to select the material for the library
“After group trip to watch flim Pride (recently awarded Bafta) we at Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre felt that young LGBT persons do not have enough connection with history and heritage of LGBT Community, they also did not feel that local libraries help them with that connection. After consultation with young persons we decided to approach Brent Libraries with idea of supporting them becoming more inclusive through purchasing LGBT relevant stock of books that would be more representative to young LGBT population. Brent Libraries kindly agreed and provided some funding to purchase some new LGBT themed books. We were keen however to highlight that connection with LGBT history and heritage present in said film through making our purchases at ‘Gay’s The Word – London oldest LGBT bookshop’, we even managed to get a speaker Gethin Roberts from Lesbians and Gays Support The Miners movement depicted in ‘Pride’ film to inspire young persons activism. This small project helped Brent Libraries, LGBT young persons and hopefully wider community that can now access LGBT books and hopefully get rid of stereotypes and prejudice that feed homophobic attitudes.”
The books are now available for everyone to borrow, they can be found in a temporary display in Wembley Library before they are shelved with library stock.