AASL Congratulates Rainbow Library

CHICAGO — Following a resolution submitted by the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has officially congratulated the Rainbow Library. The program is one of eleven outstanding programs, events, and products nominated by AASL chapters for their support of the school librarianship profession and the learners the profession serves. To be considered, programs must align with the principles expressed in the national association’s mission and values ​​statements. The full list is available atwww.ala.org/aasl/commendations.

Melissa Corey, President of MASL, shared:

“The Rainbow Library is a GLSEN-sponsored program that provides free collections of LGBTQ+ affirmation texts to schools. Librarians and other school staff can request a set of books by grade level, including grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Rainbow Library currently serves 26 states, including Missouri.

The Rainbow Library collections feature diverse voices, especially from BIPOC authors, with at least one Spanish-language book included in each collection. Ensuring students have access to LGBTQ+ books is extremely important in a time when LGBTQ+ books are routinely banned, censored, or removed from school library collections. The Rainbow Library literally saves lives, one book at a time.

“Rainbow Library has partnered with the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) to support LGBTQ+ learners across the state. This work aligns with the AASL’s core values ​​of collaboration and equity, diversity and inclusion,” said AASL President Kathy Lester. “Congratulations to the Rainbow Library for their collaborative work to see and support young LGTBG+.”

TheAASL Chaptersto provide a channel of communication between AASL-affiliated school library organizations and the AASL Board of Directors. An AASL Chapter nominates outstanding programs, events, and products for official AASL endorsements, which are then reviewed and approved by the AASL Board of Directors for national recognition.

The American Association of School Librarians,www.aasl.orga division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.

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