Drag Queen Story Hour | Newberry

Drag Queen Story Hour

A Program for Children, with Miss JerFay and Miss Sutton
Saturday, September 14, 2019

11 am - 12 pm

Rettinger Hall

Free and open to the public; registration requested.
Open to the Public

Join Chicago-area drag queens Miss Sutton and Miss Jerfay for stories, songs, and a craft.

Costumes encouraged! The event is open to all but is aimed at children ages 3 to 8. Through a fun and fabulous literary experience, DQSH celebrates learning and play, encouraging kids to celebrate gender diversity and all kinds of difference, while building confidence in expressing themselves. Some cities also offer other kinds of DQSH programming for kids and teens of all ages.

Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.

Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) was created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco. It started out as drag queens reading stories to children in libraries and grew into a global phenomenon! DQSH now offers literary and creative programming for kids and teens of all ages led by drag queens, kings, and creatures all over the world. DQSH is a global network of local organizations, each of which is independently managed and funded.

The Newberry will present two DQSH programs in 2019, on September 14 and November 2.

This series is supported by a grant from the Chicago Free for All Fund at the Chicago Community Trust.

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Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to the public; please let us know you are coming! Register here after September 1.