what is drag queen story hour?
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 - El Paso was founded by Alison Westermann with a committee made up of interested and committed individuals representing the El Paso Public Library system as well as the Borderland Rainbow Center and other area librarians and educators in February 2019. The chapter is currently coordinated by Michael "Barbie" Reyes, a local drag performer and activist.
Read more about the national Drag Queen Story Hour movement and herstory here.
Join us once a month (online during the COVID-19 pandemic) to read age-appropriate and timely books for children and participate in coordinated arts and crafts activities. Check out our calendar for the next Story Hour!
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Book your own private online Drag Queen Story Hour events!
We offer sliding scale rates for events at different types of institutions, based on the following categories:
Category 1: Public elementary schools during school hours; public libraries (limited availability — we currently have capacity to offer ONE free event per month)
Category 2: Public middle and high schools; public elementary schools outside of school hours
Category 3: Nonprofits and charter schools
Category 4: Private schools
Category 5: Small businesses
Category 6: Corporations
Virtual Drag Queen Story Hour
45 mins. Ages 3-8 Max. 100 guests
Our classic program, online! A local drag performer will read picture books, sing songs, do movement activities and lead kids in a simple craft of coloring activity in your choice of online platform. The link will be provided to your school or organization and you may share with participants.
Category 1: FREE Category 4: $200
Category 2: $100 Category 5: $250
Category 3: $150 Category 6: $300
Progressive Princess Parties (for kids)
Celebrate your little one’s birthday in style with a drag queen birthday party! A local drag performer will read picture books, sing songs, do movement activities, and lead a dance party for your guests. Birthday child is included free, and will receive a special birthday crown and wand. (Cake and goody bags are not included)
$150 for birthday child plus 9 guests
DQSH After Dark
Kids are not the only ones who like stories! You can book a DQSH for your office holiday party, baby shower, bachelorette party, birthday party, or any other occasion! At our adult DQSH events, a drag performer will read picture books, perform a lip sync number, and engage the audience in popular activities from “The Dragtivity Book,” such as “Find Your Own Drag Name.”
General Public: $100
Small businesses: $200