News 8

The Rainbow Library Project highlighting LGBTQ+ authors, protagonists

“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.”

Kansas State the Collegian

Manhattan Public Library promotes inclusion, diversity with new display of LGBTQ+ books

“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.”

The Booster Redux

Librarian Samantha Warren Receives Rainbow Library Book Grant

“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.”

District Administration

How librarians make space for LGBTQ+ students

“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.”

Arts Council, Greater New Haven

School Libraries Get An LGBTQ+ Assist

“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.'”

New Haven Register

LGBTQ youth advocates seek funding for ‘rainbow library’ across Connecticut

“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.”