Out on the Shelves is an annual campaign that celebrates the representation of diverse communities in books. It aims to connect more rainbow young people with stories that reflect their identities and experiences.
At its heart, Out on the Shelves is an online resource that helps rainbow young people find stories that mirror their identities in positive and affirming ways. The resource chronicles books with rainbow themes and characters, and encourages young people to participate by writing reviews.
This year, the Out on the Shelves Campaign week is June 17 – 23.
The campaign week is an opportunity for schools and community libraries to promote visibility and increase literacy amongst students. InsideOUT encourages libraries to build and promote their rainbow collections, celebrate rainbow stories and help connect rainbow young people with these stories and with each other.
InsideOUT are publishing free Out on the Shelves library resources and suggested event guidelines, both of which will be available online, along with sets of free bookmarks with recommended book lists that can be ordered.
You can also book InsideOUT for a staff training on sexuality & gender diversity, and inclusion at your library or school.
Click here for more information, or e-mail outontheshelves@InsideOUT.org.nz to connect with the campaign's coordinator.
Out on the Shelves is organised by InsideOUT, a national charity that supports young people of minority sexualities, genders and sex characteristics to have a sense of safety and belonging in their schools and communities.