MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Drag Queen Story Hour will be coming to Mobile in September. According to an event on Facebook, Drag Queen Story Hour will be held at the Ben May Main Library inside the Mobile Public Library.
A drag queen, trained by a local elementary school teacher, will be reading storybooks to anyone who attends but the event is designed for kids aged 3 to 8, according to the event Facebook page.
News 5 spoke with Rainbow Mobile, who is sponsoring the event. They tell us this is a completely optional event, geared toward children, but anyone is invited to attend.
Rainbow Mobile says this is the first time Drag Queen Story Hour has come to Mobile. They are hosting the event inside a meeting room at the library.
The library had to approve the event to let them use the room. News 5 reached out to the Mobile Public Library for a comment on the event. Here is their statement:
The Drag Queen Story Time is not a Mobile Public Library sponsored event, and neither the Mobile Public Library nor the Friends of the Library have provided any monetary funds toward the program.
Rainbow Mobile is sponsoring the Drag Queen Story Hour. As with all outside organizations’ programs, we hope their event is well attended helpful and entertaining to those in attendance. This event, like many others, is open to all. MPL has nine other branch libraries you can visit if you prefer not to visit the Ben May Main Library on September 8.
Rainbow Mobile plans on teaching LGBT themes, like inclusiveness and diversity. “I think, personally, if children get to see that, then it will help a lot with bullying when they get older, and they see people who are different than them, who have 2 moms or 2 dads, who act differently, things like that. I think it will help with bullying a lot and for acceptance and promote diversity,” said Bryan Fuenmayor, the executive director of Rainbow Mobile.
One drag queen will read two books, “Stella Brings the Family” by Miriam B. Schiffer, and “Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister. After, kids can participate in arts and crafts. The event takes place Saturday, September 8th, 2018
12:05-12:15 Read “Stella Brings the Family”
12:15-12:20 Movement Break
12:20-12:30 Read “Rainbow Fish”
12:30-12:35 Movement Break
12:35-12:50 Arts & Crafts
To read more about the event click here.