Drag Queen Story Time came to Bristol Libraries!
Bristol library service hosted a Drag Queen and Story Time (DQST) in July 2017 at Bishopston and Bishopsworth libraries – which was, probably the first time a council-ran library in the UK had ever done so. The aim of the event was to encourage new audiences into the library and to highlight that it is an inclusive space, open to everyone.
“We wanted to encourage families to come to the library to see something new”.
Drag Queen Story Time is an idea that started in the USA and has moved across to the UK during 2017. The DQST project aims to teach children of all ages to embrace their individuality and spread a message of tolerance. It also gives them the opportunity to hear literature read in a way that they may not have experienced before.
Families travelled across Bristol to each story time, most having seen it advertised via social media; BBC coverage attracted more people for the events that happened in August. The events were really well received; everyone who attended wanted to be added to the event mailing list for future activities and others enquired about volunteering opportunities with Bristol library service as a result.
“It was something a bit different and the children were all so engaged. We loved how flamboyant it was and it was also great to have something that worked so well for children of different ages.”
The drag queens wish to continue with their story-times in libraries across the city and the library service are looking at having DQST during some of their usual story-times on a rolling programme - so watch this space!