(Amanda Jetté Knox. Photo CTV)
On Thursday, February 27, Amanda Jetté Knox, local Stittsville author of Love Lives Here, will be joining educators, families, allies, and community members to promote reading and show their support for transgender, gender-creative, and non-binary youth with readings of I Am Jazz, written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings.
The event is inspired by the Human Rights Campaign – Jazz and Friends National Day of School and Community Readings – hosted by the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Family Service’s Ottawa (FSO) program Around the Rainbow. The OPL and FSO celebrate diverse families and encourage youth to embrace who they are through their Rainbow Storytime events.
Special guest, Amanda Jetté Knox, of @MavenOfMayhem fame, as well as OPL staff and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community will be reading I Am Jazz — based on Jazz Jennings’ real-life experiences — and other inclusive titles during the event.
The event takes place at the Nepean Centrepointe branch of the Ottawa Public Library, located at 101 Centrepointe Drive, February 27th, starting at 6:30 pm. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
About the OPL’s Rainbow Storytime
Storytime at the Library develops early literacy skills and supports caregivers through stories, rhymes and songs for three- to six-year-olds. Rainbow Storytimes provide a welcoming 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 resilience. Rainbow Storytime promotes learning, connects people and builds successful and inclusive communities through its programming and its vast collection.