According to the 2017 GLSEN Missouri School Climate survey, less than half of Missouri students say they have access to LGBTQ-related library resources at school.
Just 14% of Missouri students say they were taught positive representations of LGBTQ people, history, or events at school. A collection of texts that positively represent LGBTQ+ characters and historical figures is critical for any school to be an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students and those with LGBTQ+ family members.
Thanks to the leadership of the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) and GLSEN Springfield, Rainbow Library Missouri has sent LGBTQ+ affirming text sets to 39 schools and libraries across Missouri - for free.
Each school that was selected received one Rainbow Library set, which contains 10 LGBTQ+ affirming grade-aligned books, as well as posters and supplemental resources.
At the Missouri Rainbow Reader Summit, youth, families, librarians, and school staff will virtually come together from across the state to hear from an author of an LGBTQ affirming book, get to know area LGBTQ organizations, and win prizes. Readers who had submitted top-quality Rainbow Reader Reviews about Rainbow Library books in advance of the event are recognized with awards at the event.
Request a Rainbow Library for Your Missouri School or Library
Find a Missouri LGBTQ+ Community Center
LGBTQ+ Community Centers offer programming for LGBTQ+ youth, such as group meetups, Queer Prom, volunteer opportunities, and LGBTQ+ focused scholarships. Many Centers have virtual programming during COVID-19 closures.
518 East Commercial St.
Springfield, MO 65801
The Center Project
515 Hickman Ave.
Columbia, MO 65201
3911 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
3738 Chouteau Ave. #200
St. Louis, MO 63110
Thank you to our
Winter 2021 Missouri Sponsors!
Sponsor the Rainbow Library Missouri
Rainbow Library sponsors will be recognized behind the covers of all books mailed out to participating Missouri schools and libraries. Sponsors will also be listed on the Rainbow Library posters that come with the collections, and on this website.
Sponsorship levels are as follows:
Platinum Sponsor - $8,000 and up
Gold Sponsor - $5,000 and up
Silver Sponsor - $3,000 and up
Bronze Sponsor - $1,500 and up
To learn more about becoming a sponsor for the Rainbow Library Missouri, email .
Not interested in becoming a sponsor, but still want to contribute? Click here!