This activity was presented at the Lakewood Community Collaboration Meeting on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
Pierce County Library is excited to partner with the Tacoma Art Museum, Oasis Youth Center, and the Rainbow Center to host a community reading program to support the Art AIDS America exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum. The exhibit, which runs October through January, explores artistic responses to HIV in America.
This fall, we are encouraging people of all ages to read the young adult book, Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan, chosen to spark conversation about the inter-generational impact of HIV/AIDS.
About the Book
- 2014 Lambda Literary Award Winner
- 2014 Stonewall Honor Book
- Named to the 2013 National Book Award Longlist
In his follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Every Day, David Levithan, coauthor of bestsellers Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, crafts a novel that the Los Angeles Times calls “open, frank and ultimately optimistic.”
Based on true events — and narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS — Two Boys Kissing follows Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teens dealing with universal questions of love, identity and belonging.
About the Exhibit
This groundbreaking exhibition underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art. It introduces and explores the whole spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS, from the politically outspoken to the quietly mournful, surveying works from the early 1980s to the present.
Learn more about Art AIDS America at the Tacoma Art Museum.
Check out a free museum pass from the library!
Join the Discussion
PCLS and educators from the Tacoma Art Museum will host six book discussions about Two Boys Kissing.
Wednesday, Oct. 21
Lakewood Pierce County Library
6300 Wildaire Rd. SW., 98499 • 253-548-3302
Thursday, Oct. 29
University Place Pierce County Library
3609 Market Place W., Suite 100, 98466 • 253-548-3307
Save the Date!
Meet the author David Levithan on Friday, Nov. 6!
Eva Abram, actress and public speaker, will discuss the history of racism and how it affects the citizens, economy, and future of Washington state. She will also discuss how the invisible divide of racism continues to exist despite progress to eradicate it made in recent decades. Conversation and cooperation can inspire progress and action to defeat that divide, and during this discussion, Abram will make suggestions on how to achieve that goal.
This free program, open to the public, begins at 7:00 pm at the Lakewood Library.
In Lakewood, it is EXPECTED that human services providers collaborate. This apparently has been taken to heart by the executive directors of the Lakewood Family YMCA (Clayton DeNault – guitar – second from right), the Lakewood Boys and Girls Club (Elvin Bucu – drums – far left), and Communities in Schools of Lakewood (Dave O’Keeffe – bass – center). Not only do they share program ideas and work together on community events, they also have formed a band to play at those community events. Great sound and awesome harmonies!
Ten Lakes High School students’ photographs were chosen to be displayed at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood. The students were recognized during a celebration of art on April 22.