Apparently, children and their parents can go enjoy a different sort of storytime at the Vancouver Community Library on Feb. 9. This one will be rainbow-colored, all-inclusive, costume-positive and simply fabulous.
If your notion of storytime leadership is a mousy librarian intoning something tranquil, like “Goodnight Moon,” take another look.
The Feb. 9 reader will be a Portland nightclub star who hails from Vancouver. Her stage name is Clare Apparently, and she’ll be decked out in full drag. The event is called Drag Queen Story Hour.
“We haven’t settled on the books yet,” Apparently said, “but they’ll probably be about diversity and acceptance and friendship across differences. We’re working off lists that were compiled by the national organization with the help of professional children’s librarians.”
That national organization, launched in 2015 in San Francisco, has now spread Drag Queen Story Hours to many libraries across the nation — including Portland and even Longview.