The Alice Johnson Jennings Library
North Star is proud to house the Alice Johnson Jennings Library: 800+ books (plus some dvds and cds), all celebrating & focusing on LGBTQ life. Visit the Center to browse the shelves, or search our fully digitized catalog by title, author, keyword, and hundreds of tags (to create an account on the catalog and check items out, please visit the Center in person).
The library first opened in September 2013. We now have: a large fiction section (everything from romance to murder mysteries to literary fiction to queer classics); a teen/YA shelf with fiction and nonfiction; numerous children’s books; many biographies and memoirs; small sections for comics, theater, and poetry; and various nonfiction books, including resources for folks exploring a new identity or seeking to be a better ally.
Library Wish List
Donate a book to help us expand our Library resources in needed areas, including books for young people, books focused on BTQIAP+ identities, and books for parents of LGBTQ kids. Browse our Amazon Wish List (kids books are at the top of the list, then YA books, then adult books at the bottom), purchase one of the books listed, and select North Star as the delivery location.
Every book helps us offer up-to-date, desired reading materials to the whole community – thank you!
Safe Zone Trainings
Our educational resources include Safe Zone trainings, which are designed to help anyone learn more about the LGBTQ community, common terminology, and how to be a better ally to everyone in the community.
Trans Clothing Closet
For folks facing the intimidating prospect of replacing a lot of their wardrobe – or anyone who needs help with getting the clothing they need – we partner with The Shalom Project for our Trans Clothing Closet.
Free HIV/ STI Testing
Free & confidential HIV and STI testing is currently offered monthly at the Center, provided in conjunction with POSSE. Come to the Center each last Wednesday between 5 and 7pm.
Our Local Partner Organizations
Please reach out if your organization would like to collaborate with North Star to create or share events and resources!
National Resources for LGBTQ People
Gender Spectrum offers resources to empower your relationships, work, and interactions with youth and children. From how-to guides, to respected research, to sample training materials, we provide you with the tools necessary to create gender inclusive environments in your homes, offices, and communities.
Point of Pride works to support trans youth and adults who otherwise lack access through gender-affirming programs that empower them to live more authentically.
Scarleteen has inclusive, comprehensive, supportive information on sexuality and relationships for teens, emerging adults, and all of us.
For folks in crisis
The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. You can reach out via online chat, text message, or by calling their hotline at 866-488-7386.
Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. You can call their hotline at 877-565-8860.
The Anti-Violence Project offers a free, bilingual (English/Spanish), 24-hour, 365-day-a-year crisis intervention hotline, offering support to LGBTQ & HIV-affected survivors of any type of violence, as well as to those who love and support survivors, including those who have lost a loved one to violence. You can call their hotline at 212-714-1141.
The LGBT National Help Center serves LGBTQ and questioning people by providing free and confidential peer-support and local services. You can call their hotline at 888-843-4564 on Mondays-Fridays 4pm-midnight EST, or Saturdays noon-5pm EST.