Rainbow Reads

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An LGBTQIA2S+ YA Reading Group


Join Rainbow Reads–a young adult LGBTQIA2S+ book group for Lane County teens hosted by Wordcrafters in Eugene in partnership with the Eugene Public Library! Rainbow Reads meets the first and third Monday of every month to discuss young adult literature for queer teens, by queer teens, and/or about queer teens. All teen readers across the gender and sexuality spectrum are welcome.

First Monday: Community building–group activities including LGBTQIA2S+ picture book storytime, guest LGBTQIA2S+ authors, discussing LGBTQIA2S+ artists, media, and issues, and recommending LGBTQIA2S+ works

Third Monday: Book club– in which we dive into the book of the month

To foster an inclusive space, a brief safe space policy will be read at the start of each meaning, and participants will be encouraged to share their preferred name and pronouns. Discussions will be kept to age-appropriate topics, and content warnings will be provided.

Eugene Public Library is giving away FREE BOOK BOXES to Rainbow Reads participants, which include one of our discussion books, a book mark, discussion questions, and surprise goodies. All yours to keep! 

Stop by the downtown branch of the library or sign up online to pick up this month’s book!

If the library runs out of giveaways and rentals, or you live outside of the Eugene/Springfield Metro area, Wordcrafters has digital and audio books available for the reading group to ensure all readers have access.

Rainbow Reads Schedule. Sept 6, Guest Author, C Jane Elliot, Sept 20, Book Club discussion Foxfire in the Snow by J.S.Fields, Oct 4, Activities with Ben Brock.

To Request your books CLICK HERE

The event is supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Lane County Cultural Coalition. 

About the Facilitator

Ben Brock was born in Eugene, OR, and has lived most of his life in the Pacific Northwest. He graduated with a B.S. in Science at PSU—which he mostly uses to contemplate how we can achieve a civilization more closely aligned with Star Trek—and completed a capstone in Sexuality, Gender, and Queer Studies.

With over a decade of experience in social media marketing, fundraising, and community relations management, Ben has worked for local authors, nonprofits, and publishing companies as a freelance writer. 

Ben’s passion is LGBTQIA advocacy and spends his free time volunteering for LGBTQIA organizations, writing the queer stories he wished he grew up with, playing RPGs, training for marathons, and bemoaning the fact the world has yet to make a decent gluten free donut.


2021 Group Meeting Dates:
Jan 4, 18 | Feb 1, 15
Mar 1, 15 | Apr 5, 19
May 3, 17 | June 7, 21
July 5, 19 | Aug 2, 16
Sept 6, 20 | Oct 4, 18
Nov 8, 22 | Dec 6, 20

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