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NH library director removes planned ‘drag story time’ event

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Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 12:14 PM EDT
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DERRY, N.H. (AP) - A “Drag Story Time” event for children at a New Hampshire public library has been moved to a private venue after some people complained about it.

The June 18 event at the Taylor Library in Derry was billed as “Drag Story Time with Clara,” featuring a performer dressed in drag reading stories about penguins and teaching a song and dance about rainbows. Drag queen story hours have been held at libraries or book stores in larger cities for several years.  In some smaller communities, though, the programs have sparked protests.

The library director, Jen Thielker, posted on Facebook that she had booked the storytime event without consulting the library staff and trustees. 

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