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Hal Patnott

Meet Hal Patnott, Oak Park’s Rainbow Services Librarian

Hal is a children’s librarian who specializes in serving LGBTQ+ young people and their allies. He is passionate about identity exploration through collaborative storytelling and imaginative play. Hal also collaborates with Collection Management librarians curating materials for all ages, including the library’s Transgender Resource Collection.


Collection suggestions

Explore librarian-curated titles, book lists, and a kit to check out and take with you below.

Books for caregivers, titles for kids

Borrow a kit "designed to empower children to share their ideas & feelings with grown-ups & peers"

Designed for caregivers to share with early learners and grade schoolers, social-emotional learning kits are a unique, one-of-a-kind resource combining books, open-ended questions, and more based on a theme.


Online resources

Below find resources from around the web and subscription-based resources available with your Oak Park library card and PIN.

Digital resources from around the web

LGBTQ+ support resources

Gender identity resources

  • The Gender Unicorn: This free tool is great for facilitating creative conversations about gender.
  • Gender Wheel Coloring Pages: These downloadable coloring pages accompany books by Maya Christina Gonzalez like They, She, He, Easy as ABC
  • Gender Wheel Videos: This collection of videos includes a short story about pronouns, readings by Maya Christina Gonzalez, and a series of lessons that pairs with They, She, He, Easy as ABC.
  • Pronouns: This app is a fun tool for learning how to use a variety of pronouns.
  • Queer Kid Stuff: This YouTube channel includes videos for all ages about LGBTQ+ identities and social justice.

Subscription-based resources available with your Oak Park library card & PIN

  • Gale in Context: Biography: Explore authoritative biographical entries covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study, including a collection of biographies on notable LGBTQIA+ figures. To start your search, choose Browse People and then select LGBTQIA+ Figures from the dropdown.
  • Novelist K-8 Plus: Find fiction and nonfiction book lists for children, award-winning titles, and books by grade-level or Lexile score. Use the Advanced Search option to find titles by LGBTQ+ authors (by selecting LGBTQIA under Authors Cultural Identity).

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