LEWISBORO, N.Y. – The packed children’s room at the Lewisboro Library welcomed Angel Elektra with applause for the library’s first-ever Drag Queen Story Hour Saturday, July 14.
Angel Elektra, adorned with a glittery pout and smokey eye, read books with overarching themes of acceptance, kindness, and love.
Reading from Todd Parr’s, “It’s Okay to be Different,” Angel Elektra read, “It’s okay to have different moms and it’s okay to have different dads, it’s okay to be adopted, it’s okay to have an invisible friend, it’s okay to do something nice for someone, it’s okay to lose a mitten.” She got a laugh from the room when she added that some parents might disagree with that last one.
Members of the crowd joined Angel Elektra for a lip sync/sing-along performance of “Part of this World” from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” She explained what drag was and interacted with kids in the audience throughout the event. Afterward, they made fairy wands and ate rainbow cupcakes.
The idea originally came from a parent, said children’s librarian Anna Lillian Moser, adding that a group of parents funded the event.
“We’re very much about inclusion and diversity,” she said. “Any programs I can bring in like this, I will.”
Moser said the event was for everyone—from the kids who might not be feeling comfortable in their own skin, to the kids who do but could benefit from expanding their horizons.
“Exposure is key to teaching diversity,” she said, adding that this type of experience could be very meaningful to children that might be struggling with identity issues.
“Imagine a kid who feels a little different and then they see someone who is so confident or comfortable with themselves,” she said. “Maybe they’re feeling lonely and this could help.”
The inaugural Drag Queen Story Hour was launched in 2015 by RADAR Productions, a San Francisco-based, LGBTQA-centric, non-profit that produces literary events. RADAR is an organization founded by author Michelle Tea. Since then, events have been regularly held in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and northern New Jersey.
This event was promoted on The Katonah-Lewisboro Times Facebook page and elicited many comments, both in support of and opposed to this event.
To see more of the library’s upcoming programs, visit lewisborolibrary.org, or call 914-875-9004. To organize your own DQSH event, visit dragqueenstoryhour.org.