By: Diane Benjamin
In case you didn’t know, there is an establishment in downtown Bloomington that holds drag queen story hours for kids. Since they are a private business, they can do whatever they want. Next weekend is the 2nd Pride Fest. Last year people told me it was not a kid friendly event
Holding drag queen story hour at either public library is different.
Recently the American Library Association held a conference in Washington DC.
The week-long ALA conference brought well over 21,000 attendees to the nation’s capital and featured workshops with titles such as:
- “Queerness in comics”;
- “A Child’s Room to Choose: Encouraging Gender Identity and Expression in School and Public Libraries”;
- “LGBTQ+ Creators and Characters in Kids, Tween, and Teen Comics”;
- “Reading the Rainbow: Teaching Kids about Pride and LGBTQ+ History”;
- “Are You Going to Tell My Parents?: The Minor’s Right to Privacy in the Library”; and
- “Telling Stories, Expanding Boundaries: Drag Queen Storytimes in Libraries.”
One graphic provided by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom noted that one of the five top methods of censorship encountered by librarians is “requiring parental permission to access content.”
Think none of this will ever happen here?
The taxpayers of Bloomington sent one person to this conference:
PDF page 138: https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=22247
PDF page 171: https://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=21630
I don’t know yet if Normal’s library sent anyone.
Consider this a warning to both libraries. Use of taxpayer money to promote propaganda will not be tolerated.