The Rainbow Library Community Reads Project is an initiative that sends LGBTQ+ affirming K-12 text sets to schools and libraries across Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Utah, and Washington State - for free!
Request a Rainbow Library
If you are a full-time staff member at a Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Utah, or Washington State library or school, use this form to request your Rainbow Library today! Supplies are limited, and sets are provided on a first-come, first served basis.
Among 2019 Rainbow Library recipients, 97.5% agreed that “the Rainbow Library made my school or library a safer and more inclusive place for LGBTQ+ young people.”
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Check our our e-Books page to access LGBTQ+ affirming K-12 e-Books through your local library.
Rainbow Library in the News
“Books are a foundational tool for building reflection, empathy and curiosity,” Rady says. “When reading LGBTQ texts, teachers can have classroom conversations that promote deeper understanding and affirm kids’ self-worth.”
“While this marks the first big push for rainbow libraries in the state, Holbrooks said she would like to expand the program in the next year, with a goal of increasing the project’s reach by at least 10 percent by next September.”
"GLSEN-Connecticut, which supports making K-12 schools safe and inclusive for LGBTQ students, is leading a “Rainbow Library” initiative, which would give books for various reading levels with LGBTQ characters and themes to 114 school libraries in the state."