EVANSVILLE — The Evansville-Vanderburgh County Public Library (EVPL) issued a statement in response to local officials comments. The Drag Queen Story Hour is still one for Feb. 23.
Vanderburgh County commissioners, who appoint just over half the library board, discussed possibly cutting funding if the story hour goes on and that the library needs a safety plan.
The EVPL responded with a statement on their Facebook page:
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library is aware of recent statements made at the County Commissioners meeting this week. These statements proposed potential actions to be taken in response to Drag Queen Story Hour, a voluntary event that is still scheudled to take place at the end of February. We take the proposed actions and statements seriously and within the complex and intricate procedural context in which they would be operationalized.
We have a safety plan in place for the event that includes the safety of our staff, public, the performers and anyone who supports or opposes the event. Safety is of the utmost importance to us.
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