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Date Posted: 08:59:08 05/18/17 Thu
Author: Smithsonian
Subject: Drag Queens Are Public Libraries’ Newest Storytellers

here can you find feathers, fake eyelashes, and fiction for kids? If you’re stumped, you must not live in Brooklyn. The city’s public library is now ground zero for an unlikely story hour, the Associated Press reports: one hosted by drag queens.

“Drag Queen Story Hour,” as it’s called, has been happening at the Brooklyn Public Library since last fall. As its name indicates, it brings in drag queens to read stories to kids. Performers like Ona Louise, Cholula Lemon and Lil Hot Mess come to the library to read classic stories that show the things kids and drag queens have in common—like a love of drama, sass and sparkle.

“Drag Queen Story Hour captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity in childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models,” the library writes on its website.

Kat Savage, a children’s librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, tells the AP that that program has been largely well-received—and Lil Hot Mess adds that it’s a chance for two groups who rarely come together to meet.
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