Lafayette library to host Drag Queen Story Time

Published: Aug. 21, 2018 at 2:46 PM CDT
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Lafayette city leaders are clashing with a Louisiana public library after learning about a planned event called Drag Queen Story Time.

According to

, Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux is moving to cancel the event after it was announced by the Lafayette Public Library. The event is currently planned for October 6th.

The Lafayette Public Library is one of many libraries around the nation which are taking part in the event. During the event, drag queens plan to read children's stories to young children. The library says the stories to be read will be suitable for children ages 3 to 6. Drag queens from the Delta Lambda Phi fraternity plan to read in Lafayette.

After the uproar, the library posted the following statement on its website:

"The Lafayette Public Library hosts an average of 60 story times per month throughout the parish. Special guests at the story time are not a new concept to the program."
"Our story times are designed by our children’s librarians who select the books that will be read to families and work with the guest storyteller to practice the flow of the program. All story programs for this age group are designed for families to attend together and involve books, songs and craft activities that encourage interaction among the children."
"The picture books that are read are content and age appropriate. The Drag Queen Story Time will share stories of individuality, openness and acceptance with families seeking an opportunity to show their children that every person is unique and should be treated with equal respect."