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Beloit library responding to public response over Drag Queen Storytime

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It's a storytime that was sure to get mixed reviews and the staff at Beloit Public Library has now been forced to explain why they'll have a drag queen read to children. 

"That's to be expected," said Nick Dimassis, the library director, as he began explaining the pushback. 

It's the first time the library will host a drag queen when Cass Marie Domino, a Madison entertainer, will read, play and create crafts with the kids who attend the event June 27, 2018. 

"It's important for us to be able to reflect all the viewpoints and all the values in our community," said Dimassis as she explained the reasoning for the event. 

He and other library staff members have received dozens of calls from those who support the decision to have Domino there and those who don't. 

"I think everyone has been very reasonable on this and then have offered different kinds of opinions, feedback and suggestions," Dimassis explained. 

There's been so much conversation surrounding the Drag Queen Storytime, it prompted the library to put out a public state to explain. 

"We don't think it's anything provocative. It's nothing that is too shocking or anything like that," Dimassis added. 

On social media, people are also chiming in. 

"This can teach children that not everyone is the same and we need to love and respect each other and embrace differences," one person commented on Facebook. 

But others disagree and are against the event. 

"Strictly an adults only event. Children do not need this in our libraries," commented another. 

The library wants parents to know there's no set agenda. The books that will be read are age appropriate for kids under six years old. One of them is called Disguise-o-saur. It's a book about a dinosaur who plays dress up and puts on costumes ranging from a firefighter's uniform to a ballerina's outfit. 

"We want to be transparent and to let parents know exactly what they should be expecting," Dimassis added. 

For those who have called with concerns and suggestions, Dimassis said he is working to create events where everyone' viewpoints are honored and respected. 

A public library that's trying something for the first time as it shows it will always make a point to serve everyone. 

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