During our presentation, we gave our audience an opportunity to take down questions for us on note cards. We were able to answer some of them that day and decided to share some here.
Q: What are your thoughts about “Religious Fiction” labels?
A: I have conflicted feelings about most labels. Assuming we want to leave room for the book’s title to remain visible and that the call number label will also need some space, we are left with room for perhaps one label. How do you decide on just one label for any book? What if it is a mystery about cowboys? A romance about vampires? While I think labels can help some people find a book, they can also keep people away from books that they clearly might enjoy. I would say that all labels, regardless of genre, should be used with care and consideration.
Q: Do you have books with a “proselytizing bent” in your library collection?
A: Since we work at a public library, we carry books that our population enjoys. For a while there was a certain series that might be deemed proselytizing that enjoyed a certain level of popularity. Yes, we carried those books. When popularity waned, we weeded these books as we would any other.
Q: What are some religious books with negative LGBTF elements?
A: While there certainly may be books written in this vein, we have not yet come across any.
Q: Why are so many of the Christian books featured on this site about female main characters?
A: Sarah and I focused mainly on finding books recently published, and did not take other factors, such as the gender of the main character, into account. That being said, there are four books on our Christian list that DO feature male protagonists.
- The Door Within
- Unsigned Hype
- Days of Little Texas
- Heart of a Shepherd
Q: Why are state award lists for teens assumed to be “clean reads”?
A: State award lists are generally created to be used in schools. Schools tend to choose books that are on the cleaner side. We recognize that this is not always the case, though, and, as we state in the Clean Reads section, “clean” means something different to everyone. Take the state award lists with a grain of salt, as I hope you would any list.