Drag Queen reading programs flourish in Kinderhook and Hudson
Jul 05, 2019 12:03 am
Debby Mayer reports in the Columbia Paper that there is now a Drag Queen Story Hour in Kinderhook, and a Drag Queen Story Time in Hudson. “They read stories, from books on anti-bullying, on inclusivity,” said AnnaLee Giraldo, director of the Kinderhook Memorial Library. “They sing songs, do a craft—it’s very much what we do in any story hour." She also said, “Kinderhook has a growing LGBTQ population.... They had always been part of the larger community, but now we have an even more diverse population. A lot of LGBTQ people grew up here, felt they had to move away, and now feel they can come back,” she said. “These are people in their forties, not retirees.” The library’s Board of Trustees got a petition with 70 signatures, 25 from within n Kinderhook and Stuyvesant, and 10-15 negative comments. But the board backed the program unanimously. Drag Queen Story Time has been at the Hudson Area Library since 2017. “We’re glad the national organization exists,” said program director Brenda Shufelt, “but we wanted to do our own thing,” so they changed a word in the title. The Hudson Library's only complaint about the program was when they scheduled a Drag Queen Story Time for Flag Day, which the library says they will not do again. Read more about this story in the Columbia Paper.