There is an interesting article at School Library Journal, School Library Builds “The Cave” to Attract Boy Readers.
I could easily turn this into a tl;dr post about boys, girls, books, gendered reading, empowerment, equal opportunities, etc etc — but, well, that would become tl;dr. Plus, I’ve already commented (twice) at the original article, above.
Here are a couple of links about “the Cave” that I found of interest:
Gendered Reading and the Discomfort of the “Man Cave” at The Missouri Review
Library Introduces “Man Cave” Section for Boys Only at 41 Action News KSHB
Note that while the library may be playing with the “man cave” name, the library calls it “the Cave,” not the man cave or boy cave. Also, based on the article and videos at the library website, while this is called a “boys section” and boys only were involved in the planning, selection, creation, and ribbon-cutting, girls are welcome in the space.
From the second link, I want to highlight one quote: “Girls at the school have mixed feelings about the boys-only section. “I kind of wish it was a girl thing,” said student [redacted]. “I mean I wish there was something cool for girls, too. But, I don’t know. It’s cool.”