Saint Paul Public Library celebrates Pride with Drag Story Hour

Drag performers will regale families with glitz, glamor, and stories about acceptance and inclusion at three Saint Paul libraries

Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) will host three Drag Story Hours for families in June and July in celebration of Pride. Each event will feature two performers who will read stories, sing songs, and strut their stuff for an over-the-top story hour. All ages are welcome.

"Drag pushes people to break boundaries and explore creativity, " said Chad Kampe, founder and director of Flip Phone. "At a very young age, we are taught to embrace our differences. Drag not only provides an opportunity to embrace who we are, it allows for us to broadcast and share who we are with the world.”

Drag Story Hour Events (registration is not required)

SPPL will live stream the June 11 event at Rondo on Facebook. Stay tuned to the library's Twitter, opens a new window and Facebook, opens a new window accounts for more information about the broadcast.

In addition to Drag Story Hour, patrons can find a selection of staff-recommended materials on the library's website for Pride, including a fun primer on drag culture with recommended DVDs, books, and online resources. Learn more at, opens a new window.

We Belong Together is SPPL's inclusivity campaign, launched in early 2017 in response to the Trump Administration's so-called "Travel Ban." Grounded in the American Library Assocation's Bill of Rights, the campaign positions the Library as a cornerstone of a thriving Saint Paul: welcoming people of all ages and cultures; strengthening neighborhoods and learning networks; and inspiring all with the world of ideas. 

Saint Paul Public Library will join other Metro-area libraries in celebrating Pride month at the 2018 Twin Cities Pride Festival on June 23 and 24 in Loring Park in Minneapolis. Stop by the library's booth for book recommendations, information about resources, and free swag!