On my most recent trip to Denver I was lucky enough to visit a small bookstore, Second Star to the Right. It is an older home converted into a children’s book store. The walls and tables are covered with toys, books and activities for all ages. The staff was knowledgeable and welcoming to all visitors. The place is truly magical. I think I was having just as much fun as the kids.
However, the main draw of the day was the Drag Queen Story Time! Out behind the book store was a lawn covered in blankets and pillows for the kids to sit down on. Spots were quickly filling up as we waited for the presentation to start. When the queens, Maleficent and Pocahontas, arrived the crowd cheered and clapped. Each of the queens read several books to the children and performed a song from their respective movies. Every kid was in awe of them and were excited to take pictures with them after the show.
The money raised from the performance was given to The Center in Denver, an LGBT community center. This is a monthly program run by this little book store. As a librarian it is fun to see different ways to interest kids in reading and to see love of literacy spread to all ages.