EVANSVILLE — Local media reported that a big crowd showed up for an Evansville-Vandeburgh Public Library board meeting about the upcoming “Drag Queen Story Hour.”
This city near the southern Illinois border has been debating the story hour with even other county institutions voicing their opinion.
From Tri-State Home Page:
The board allowed 18 people four minutes each to speak. The Drag Queen Story Hour is just what it sounds like, drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, and it has been done in communities around the country.
Stories are picked by the library and the local drag queen volunteers are trained by library staff.
But many came out to voice their opposition to the event, saying it is inappropriate for children.
And there were others there saying it teaches acceptance and self-expression.
The website reported that the board took no action and “Drag Queen Story Hour” is still set for Feb. 23 at the EVPL’s North Park branch. There is one more EVPL board meeting on Feb. 14.
Local supporters have been fighting to keep the event happening with protests and their own petition drive.