The Rainbow Library Community Reads Project is an initiative driven by GLSEN Connecticut that sends LGBTQ+ affirming text sets to schools and libraries across Connecticut - for free.
Any full-time staff member at a Connecticut K-12 school is welcome to request a Rainbow Library. All types of K-12 schools are eligible: district, magnet, charter, and independent. Each school that applies will be eligible for one Rainbow Library text set, and sets are provided on a first-come, first served basis.
Founded 25 years ago, GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students. GLSEN has volunteer-run chapters in 31 states. The Rainbow Library Community Reads Project is an initiative of the GLSEN Connecticut chapter, for the Connecticut education community. To learn more about GLSEN Connecticut, and to get involved with the chapter, click here.
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“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."