ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A good reader can capture a child’s attention and imagination. What about a man dressed in drag?

Drag Queen Story Time is coming to Central Library in downtown St. Louis next month.

“It’s no different than someone putting on a superhero costume … or really being a character of any sort,” says┬áPepi Parshall, with St. Louis Public Library.

The readers are trained volunteers: “Storytelling is more than just opening a book and reading the words,” she says. “Story time takes training. You need to be exciting, sing, dance. There’s a lot of elements to it.”

Pershall says Drag Queen Story Time started a few years ago in San Francisco, and has since been replicated around the country.

The kids will find the reader entertaining, and the big picture? “We are a public library; we are open to everyone.”

“We have a diverse community, and we are very inclusive of that community,” she adds.

The first Drag Queen Story Time is scheduled for Sept. 30.

Pershall was a guest on the Charlie Brennan Show.

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