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Jazz & Friends Rainbow Storytime


Educators, families, allies, and community members are coming together to show their support for transgender, gender-creative, and non-binary youth with readings of I Am Jazz.

Inspired by Human Rights Campaign’s Jazz & Friends is a National Day of School and Community Readings, Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Family Services Ottawa’s (FSO) Around the Rainbow program, are hosting a special edition of Rainbow Storytime which celebrates diverse families and encourages youth to embrace who they are.

Special guest and local award-winning author, Amanda Jetté Knox (@MavenOfMayhem), as well as OPL staff and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community will be reading I Am Jazz and other inclusive titles during the event.

Our hope with Jazz & Friends Rainbow Storytime is that educators, families and allies will continue to advocate for the rights of transgender, non-binary and gender-expansive youth and help them thrive and be their whole selves in their school and community.

By providing customers with opportunities to see themselves and their families reflected in their Library, Rainbow Storytime promotes learning, connects people and builds successful and inclusive communities through its programming and its vast collection.

Rainbow Storytimes at the Library help children develop early literacy skills through stories, rhymes and songs; provide a safe space where everyone can find stories that reflect their personal experiences; and where diverse ideas and opinions can be shared and discussed. The stories presented are selected for their ability to engage young audiences and to explore universal human themes such as growing up, learning, friendship, cooperation, honesty, responsibility, self-acceptance, and overcoming obstacles.

Storytime will be followed by a discussion and craft. Registration recommended.





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