Sparks Library

Drag Story Hour 7.15.23

The Sparks Library Drag Story Hour was held on Saturday, July 15, 2023 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Two drag story hours were separated by a Bruka Theater “Kinky Boots” show. If not accompanied by a child under 18, adults were denied admission into the drag story hours, but could enter the meeting room to watch the Bruka Theater’s song session that highlighted the themes: “Everyone is different” and “I can be who I want to be, and no one else matters.” Given permission to capture a few moments of the exceptionally uninspiring, low-quality vocals and choreography of the mostly 30ish group of singers, one observer stated that the performance was akin to “watching a group of attention-starved high school drama students performing for a captive, low-expectations audience.” Very few children were observed in the meeting room where the Bruka performance was held with approximately 35 adults outnumbering children by about 5 to 1.

Attendance

According to Library Director Jeff Scott, attendance numbers for the drag story hours would be available only at the day’s conclusion, not at the conclusion of each story hour. When asked if photographs could be taken inside the story hour room during the drag shows to verify attendance numbers, he denied the request. Counting adult supporters both inside and outside the event, there were approximately 100 supporters outside and possibly 15 children seen entering the venue, but not all children who entered attended the drag story hour. Some adults with children were observed entering the library but declining the special bracelets that would have given them admission to the drag story hours’ meeting room. Seating was clearly available during the Kinky Boots singing show.

Protesters were able to enter the library’s main entrance if successful at breaking through the phalanx of rainbow umbrellas. Protesters carried signs and watched the theatrics of the mostly 30ish and above LGBTQ+ supporters until the end of the day’s events.

What are they hiding?

Library Director Jeff Scott was asked why the drag show supporters, stationed under the completely shaded entrance to the library, were shoving umbrellas into protesters’ faces, screaming at them within inches of their faces, and impeding their free movement into the library. Ignoring the questions, he responded repetitively, “It’s hot. They just have umbrellas. You’re agitating them. You need to stay out of that zone.” Scott refused to address the over-the-top far-left extremists’ physically aggressive behavior, instead accusing protesters of wrongdoing. Many videotaped examples were captured throughout the day demonstrating supporters’ consistent aggressive physical behavior, but Scott refused to make any attempt to bring order to the event.

Attempts to interview supporters were rejected with few exceptions. One supporter, when asked why she thought parents would bring their children to an event such as this, replied, “To teach them to love.” When asked why supporters would then attempt to prevent observation of children learning positive traits, she was unable to answer due to the many umbrella-wielding supporters who rushed in to block the reporter’s face. “You don’t have to talk to her,” they shouted, even after the reporter stated she wanted to report on supporters’ viewpoints. Obvious from the start, the supporters’ mission was to prevent observation and reporting of drag story hour events, a strange mission given the event’s stated theme of “acceptance and inclusion.” No other supporters would answer the reporter’s question asking why the blockade was necessary.

Drag story supporters specifically focused on blocking protesters’ views of activities under the pop-up tents positioned just outside the library’s main entrance. The tents were obscured on one side by colorful streamers and on all other sides by rainbow flag and rainbow umbrella-wielding supporters. At one point, the reporter was assaulted by a 6’3” tall, approximately 250 pound male supporter wearing a green dress, rainbow leggings, and a colorful mohawk. A report was filed with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department regarding the battery.

Protesters also had their signs stolen or destroyed if left unattended even for seconds. Stationary signs in buckets were also first knocked down, then later, completely destroyed.

The grassy area was blocked off with plastic chain and cones to falsely give the impression of “entrance not allowed.” Library vehicles were also permanently parked along the library’s front sidewalk to further obscure the day’s events.

Several security guards, contracted by Washoe County, were present throughout the event. The vendor supervisor could not answer who in the county had requested their services for the day, not knowing if Director Scott or someone higher up the chain in county leadership made the call. Ben West, Head of Security for Washoe County, was also in attendance for part of the day.

Public facility, personal agenda?

The issue of drag story hours in the public libraries has been brought to a head by Director Scott’s leadership and unprofessional demeanor and the Library Board of Trustees failure to supervise the director’s actions and decisions. They have instead chosen to allow the director to lead the board and promote preferred political issues according to his personal opinions. Scott has consistently favored and promoted the LBGTQ+’s political agenda using public library resources and facilities without any questions or pushback from library trustees.

This recent year has seen the Washoe County Public Library system increase its hosting of various LGBTQ+ events and celebrations throughout the year. The recent “Pride Month” with its emphasis on everything LGBTQ+, both at the adult and child levels, is now followed by permanently-scheduled, weekly family and child “rainbow” activities throughout county libraries. The taxpayer-funded library system led by Director Jeff Scott, is quickly approaching a defacto LGBTQ+ subsidiary with its constant focus on and promotion of everything LGBTQ+. Recently, Scott announced a permanent collaboration between the publicly-funded libraries and “Our Center,” the local LGBTQ+ activist organization.

Washoe County Commissioners will fill the two open Library Board Trustee positions.

Images of the days events HERE

(Staff)

(A thank you is extended to Auditing Reno 911 for sharing still photos. Visit his site HERE.)