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Urbana library hoping to continue Drag Queen Story Hour

NewsCentral IllinoisUrbana library hoping to continue Drag Queen Story Hour

URBANA — The Urbana Free Library is looking to continue Drag Queen Story Hour after a successful first time on Friday, July 6.

From the Urbana News-Gazette:

The first-time event featured two drag queens reading aloud stories about inclusion and acceptance.

Library director Celeste Choate said the crowd “literally streamed in” and included people of all ages and races.

“Truly, people teared up to see how well this was going and seeing people being that welcoming in a public space,” she told the library’s board at its Tuesday night meeting.

The event was a partnership between the library and The UP Center, an advocacy group for LGBTQ people in Champaign County. Rachel Fuller, the library’s director of adult and youth services, said drag-queen readings have been gaining popularity around the country, which prompted UP to pitch Friday’s event.

The library agreed, and UP provided the readers, who picked the stories most meaningful to them.

More than 200 people came, according to the newspaper.




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