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Read about the Rainbow Library in the New Haven Arts Paper
Read about the Rainbow Library in the New Haven Arts Paper

Photo courtesy of Lucy Gellman

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Rainbow Library at Ridge Hill Elementary School in Hamden, CT
Rainbow Library at Ridge Hill Elementary School in Hamden, CT

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Rainbow Library at Elm City College Prep in New Haven
Rainbow Library at Elm City College Prep in New Haven

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Read about the Rainbow Library in the New Haven Arts Paper
Read about the Rainbow Library in the New Haven Arts Paper

Photo courtesy of Lucy Gellman

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GLSEN's Rainbow Library is a program that sends LGBTQ+ affirming K-12 text sets to schools across select states and counties - for free!

Request a Rainbow Library

If you are a full-time staff member at a school in AR, CT, DE, FL, KS, MA, MD, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NM, OK, OR, PA, SC, TX, UT, or WA, use this form to request your Rainbow Library today! Schools in *most parts* of these states are currently eligible. Supplies are limited, and sets are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

E-Books

Check our our e-Books page to access LGBTQ+ affirming K-12 e-Books through your local library.

Rainbow Library News

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“The Rainbow Library Project donated over 7,500 books to schools all across the country... It was so worth the wait. The books are fantastic. Inclusivity and representation - the gift of this library really does that."

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“Rashael Apuya, teen services librarian, and Crystal Hicks, collections librarian, said they wanted to create a space that fosters inclusion and safety for the LGBTQ+ young adult community. They said one way they try to create space is through the young adult queer-book collection."

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"For freshman Ro Mize, having the Rainbow Library makes them feel more accepted and represented within PHS. 'I like being able to see myself in a character in a book. A lot of the time during school, I feel a little bit isolated and there’s not a lot of things that I can relate to, but I feel like I can when reading these types of books.”

“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.”

“Patrick Dunn, executive director of the New Haven Pride Center, said he has been excited to be [a Rainbow Library] partner. 'I think it’s a brilliant, brilliant idea,' he said. 'It can literally save a kid’s life.'"

"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."