To: Chris Shoemaker, Library Director, and the Board of Trustees of the Rye Free Reading Room, Rye NY
1061 Boston Post Rd., Rye, NY 10580
914-967-0480 | www.ryelibrary.org
As a patron of the Rye Free Reading Room (the “Library”), I am writing to voice my strong opposition to the Library’s promotion of a partisan political agenda aimed at sexualizing children and degrading women. The program in concern, Drag Queen Story Hour (“DQSH”), originally scheduled to take place on February 8, 2020, in the Children’s Room, invites adult entertainers dressed in drag to read books to children ages three to eight, lead crafts and songs, and facilitate discussions that support and normalize a radical sexual ideology. These story hours do not be-long in children’s libraries for various reasons, chief among them, including:
Mindful of the above, I strongly urge that the Rye Free Reading Room exercise its power and judgment – laid out in the Library’s Public Use Policy – to stop any future promotion of Drag Queen Story Hour (“DQSH”) at the Library. Thank you.
1“Drag Queen.” Merriam-Webster.com. 2020. https://www.merriam-webster.com (20 Jan. 2020).
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