Drag King Story Time FAQ

Drag King Story Time FAQ

What is the program?

  • The Library will be hosting a Drag King Storytime as part of the annual Author’s After Hours event.
  • The program will consist of a performer reading books and leading the group with a couple songs. Afterwards, Library staff will lead a craft.
  • The program will be age appropriate for 4-8 year olds with an adult. Only adults with a child will be permitted to attend.

Why is the Library choosing to host this program?

The Library’s ultimate goal is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in our community. Knowledge is created through exposure to ideas through books, movies, music, programs, displays, research, conversations, the internet, experimentation, etc.

Exposure to a diversity of cultures and lifestyles develops a deeper level of understanding of others. People with this knowledge are more likely to have strong collaboration skills and are less likely to discriminate/bully those that are different. We have learned that an interest for this type of programming does exist in our district.

Where did this program come from?

The Library contacted the performer. Programs similar to this have been hosted throughout the country for years. Closer to us, the Deerfield Public Library and the Chicago Public Library have hosted similar events.

Will tax payer dollars be used to pay the performer?

No honorarium or reimbursement has been requested.

What content will be presented to children?

  • All Are Welcome by Suzanne Kaufman
  • Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival
  • Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by Kimberly & James Dean
  • Song “If you want to hear a story
  • Craft – Make and Take a Crown

Will the Library perform a background check?

The Library does not perform background checks on any performer. The Library does not allow performers to be alone with children without another adult present.

I’m unhappy the Library is offering this program

If this program does not meet your needs, we respect your choice not to attend, and hope that you will find a Library program that does meet your needs. The Library offers a variety of engaging programs, including a number of weekly storytimes, and we look forward to welcoming you at those.

Ultimately, parents and guardians are responsible for supervising Library use by their – and only their -children. The Library does not stand in loco parentis and cannot allow others to censor or decide on the library activities of other children.

Censorship is described by the American Library Association as “the suppression of ideas and information that certain persons—individuals, groups or government officials—find objectionable or dangerous. Censors pressure public institutions, like libraries, to suppress and remove from public access information they judge inappropriate or dangerous, so that no one else has the chance to read or view the material and make up their own minds about it. The censor wants to prejudge materials for everyone.” The Zion-Benton Public Library stands against censorship. To learn more about the guiding principles of American Library Association please see:
http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill
http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/freedomreadstatement
http://www.ala.org/rt/vrt/professionalresources/vrtresources/freedomtoview

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