The Story of Drag Queen Storytime to Drag Storytime
There has been a evolution. Drag Queen Storytime started with the Elgin County Library, the Middlesex County Library, St.Thomas Public Library and 3 Drag Queens, Miss Lita, Miss Shaneen and Mz Affra Tighty. These 3 Queens would go to the libraries to sing songs and read stories that were chosen by library staff. The first Drag Queen Storytime was in May 2019 at the Parkhill Library. The storytellers continued in person storytimes until January 2020. During that time they went to 16 different locations in Elgin, Huron, Lambton, Middlesex, Perth and Oxford Counties. Over 1000 children, parents/caregivers attended these storytimes.
Then Covid-19 closed the libraries. The Drag Queens came together and reached out to friends and virtual Drag Queen Storytimes were born. Six Drag Queens were taped singing songs and reading stories. These were funded by Elgin County Pride, Oxford County Pride, Pride London Festival, Strathroy Pride and TD Bank. There were 16 storytimes produced and aired between June 2020 and September 2020. There have been over 10,000 views on Facebook and Youtube. They can be viewed here.
To be more inclusive, the name changed to Drag Storytime when 2 Drag Kings were added to the mix in the fall of 2020.
in early Spring of 2021 Woodstock Public Library joined the partnership and Drag Storytime continues to grow and evolve.
Drag Storytime receives funding from TD Bank.
Meet the Storytellers of Drag Storytime