EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library (EVPL) has said any adult going this weekend’s Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) must have a child with them.
EVPL Engagement and Experience Officer Heather McNabb told the Evansville Courier & Press that they want to make sure as many children can attend as possible. Library cards aren’t needed, but they also can’t go over capacity.
From the Courier & Press:
It is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at EVPL North Park.
Library officials will be at the door using a counter to keep track of how many enter to be sure they stick to the room’s limits, McNabb said. Once that limit is reached, the room will be closed.
There will also be a number of Evansville Police officers offering security for the event, McNabb said.
DQSH has been roiling this southwestern Indiana city for weeks. People for and against the event have been speaking out at local government meetings and to the press. The Vanderburgh County Council replaced one of their appointees to the library board and members threatened the EVPL’s funding. The other two governing bodies that appoint members, the Vanderburgh County Commissioners and local school district, have heard complaints but have resisted calls to replace their members.
McNabb told the newspaper that the library will be enforcing its no solicitation policy, meaning those who aren’t using the library must be at least 10 feet from the entrance, including the protesters for and against that are expected.