Drag Queen Storytime at the Wasaga Beach Library helps kids explore diversity and different personalities

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Wasaga Beach Public Library opens the Diversity and Inclusion book.

The library, in conjunction with Innisfil, Midland, Collingwood, New Tecumseth and Ramara Township Libraries, is hosting a Storytime Drag Queen to celebrate Pride Month and the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

The June 3 event features Jemm Doshay and Justine D’as, two members of the Devereaux Housea traveling drag troupe that performs throughout central Ontario.

“A big part of what the library is about is encouraging diversity and inclusion, and openly supporting it,” said Kyle Young, the library’s community relations assistant. “The cool thing about drag is that it’s a way for young people to see how they can explore and try out different personalities.”

A drag queen, according to Haus of Devereaux “matriarch” E’Claire Devereaux, is an artist who “specializes in expressing what she feels on the inside, on the outside.”

“Drag provides an opportunity for all ages to reconsider the masks we’re all forced to wear on a daily basis,” Young said. “Through dress-up, we help kids see uniqueness without confusion or embarrassment. It shows kids that anyone can dress up fun and be silly, serious, or find a character that matches their who he is.”

Young said that while the event is aimed at children, all ages should feel comfortable participating.

“We’re just looking to create an open environment for anyone who is interested and curious,” he said. “I think it’s about showing kids that you can dress how you want and try on who you want to be – and that’s OK.

“Children learn by playing, so it’s a good opportunity to meet them at this level.”

Books selected for story time address topics of diversity and inclusion and are available in the library collection. The presenters will also perform some musical numbers.

The free event will take place in the Council Chambers at City Hall from 2-4 p.m. and is suitable for children three years and older.

Due to the limited number of places, registration is mandatory and can be done online at wasagabeach.library.on.ca.

A second event featuring the Haus of Devereaux will take place on June 15, from 7-9 p.m., and will be an adult-themed quiz competition, but suitable for anyone over the age of 10.

This event will be held virtually, with registration at wasagabeach.library.on.ca.

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