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Cooperative Collection Development -- CCD: LGBTQ Studies

• The School Library System (SLS) Cooperative Collection Development Plan is developed as part of the resource sharing component of the plan of service.

This collection . . .

This collection is for everyone in New York, and includes the following:

  • Materials about and for LGBTQ+ students & adults
  • Resources on contemporary and historial LGBTQ+ issues such as gay marriage & the gay liberation movement
  • Services for librarians who need to add LGBTQ+ materials to their collections.

How This Collection is Used in My School

Students at East Side are incredibly active readers, and the majority of the books have been used for independent choice reading.  Many of our students also do research on the GLBTQ civil rights movements.  Finally, a number of grades read whole-class novels with LGBTQ characters, and this collection offers research and extension activities.

2020 Rainbow Book List

The 2020 Rainbow Book List has been released!  This list includes materials for all students (preK-12) and has short descriptions of each title.  Fantastic list this year!

How to Build a Safe Space Through Books

Sources for book reviews & book lists

Additional materials for Librarians

Pride Parade from NYC Librarians!

Highlighted titles from the collection

Scroll down to see research materials!

Research Resources


Andrea Swenson, Librarian
East Side Community
420 E. 12th St.
NY, NY 10009

If you are a librarian in a New York City school library, you may contact the curator to inquire about borrowing titles from this collection.


AASL Resource: Defending Intellectual Freedom

From the Introduction to the Toolskit:  Learners have the freedom to speak and hear what others have to say, rather than allowing others to control their access to ideas and information, the school librarian’s responsibility is to develop these dispositions in learners, educators, and all other members of the learning community. (AASL, 2018a)

Improving and safeguarding LGBTQ+ collections positively impacts the social-emotional learning of all learners.  Read on for ways to use the Shared Foundations from the AASL Standards–Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore, and Engage–to build LGBTQ+-inclusive library instruction, collections, and spaces.

Exciting News! NYPL Teacher Sets available!

The wonderful folks at MyLibraryNYC have added Teacher Sets that any school participating in MyLibraryNYC may borrow.  A link to the borrowing page is below, but here is a list of the related Teacher Sets:

  • LGBTQ Fiction and Nonfiction (Grades 0-3)
  • LGBTQ Fiction and Nonfiction (Grades 4-8)
  • Award Winners--Stonewall Award (Grades 4-8)
  • Lambda Literary Award (series II)
  • Lambda Literary Award Finalists and Winner with Playaway Audiobook (Grades 10-12)
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 10-copy set
  • Boy Meets Boy 10-copy set
  • I'll Give You the Sun 10-copy set
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear 10-copy set
  • If I Stay 10-copy set
  • Juliet Takes a Breath 10-copy set
  • The Best Man 10-copy set
  • We are the Ants 10-copy set
  • What if it's Us 10-copy set
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson 10-copy set

There are also titles of interest in the Great Books for 11th and 12th Grade set and Great Fiction for High School set.


Additional Resources: Links to curriculum & information to support instruction

Check the East Side catalog--or look for specific resource lists

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We have multiple resource lists that are more specific--Trans Themes and Characters & Bisexual Themes and Characters, for example--and more are being made.  Check the East Side catalog for these resource lists, or contact the librarian to get one made for you!

Need to justify your collection?

Worth Reading

GLSEN School Climate Survey

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