Gwynedd Council’s Libraries Service has launched dedicated LGBT sections at Bangor and Caernarfon Libraries during LGBT History Month in February.
The development is part of an annual campaign which aims to promote inclusion and raise awareness of prejudice faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The creation of the dedicated sections arose following a suggestion by Tadgh Crozier a volunteer of the local LGBT youth group (Gisda), and Gwynedd Council Libraries were happy to develop a collection in conjunction with local LGBT young people that would be clearly denoted.
Councillor Craig ab Iago, Gwynedd Council Cabinet member with responsibility for libraries said: “Our libraries are here to cater for all of our users’ needs, and we are guided by the people of Gwynedd. I thank everyone who played a part in the work of developing dedicated LGBT in Caernarfon and Bangor Libraries.”
Nia Gruffydd, Gwynedd Council Libraries Manager noted: “We have worked closely with the LGBT community in the placing of the section and also expanded on the range of titles we already had in stock. We were pleased to be able to respond positively to this request and happy to provide a library service that reflects both the needs of our users and society as a whole.”
The collection is aimed at both adults and young adults with a mixture of self help books, fiction, non fiction and biography, and also books by LGBT authors.
Tadgh Crozier who was prominent in working with Gwynedd Council Libraries added: “It’s been really positive to work with Nia and her team to raise awareness of LGBT history month 2019 and it’s great to know that Gwynedd Libraries have recognised the importance of inclusion and are willing to be progressive.”
The sections will now be a permanent feature of Caernarfon and Bangor Libraries, and as a way of marking LGBT month, which this year focuses on Peace, Activism and Reconciliation, rainbow coloured shoelaces will be given out to all who borrow a book from the collection – while stocks last!
Main Photo: Members of the LGBT Group who meet at Gisda, Caernarfon: Mari, Tim, Tadgh, Cerian, Ben, Ffion and Geraint with one of the new LGBT sections