Thank you to everyone who has stated their opinion regarding our Drag 101 program. Our staff have listened to every concern and we have several answers to the common questions that have arisen.
First, it is very common in our regular teen programming to use the phrase “Teens only, please.” This is because, within teen development, it is important for teens to feel like they have ownership over a safe space. This phrase is primarily used to deter young children or tweens from attending programs intended for a teen audience. Typically, parents are also encouraged to give a teen program its own space and to wait in a nearby area of the library.
For Drag 101, the Delaware County District Library administration has decided that one parent or caregiver will be allowed to accompany a teen and sit in the room for the duration of the program. No adults will be admitted without a teen.
Additionally, all Delaware Library-sponsored programs are hosted by a trained and credentialed Library staff member, regardless of whether the program is presented by a hired performer or by an individual staff member. Presenters are brought in because they have the ability to share expertise in a specific area. We are happy to say that all our youth presenters this summer are undergoing a background check and this will be our standard for youth presenters moving forward.
The Board of Trustees continues to review community feedback, gather information, and consider options. The Board will meet again before June 5.
We are excited for our 45 teen programs and our 400+ programs for all other ages this summer at the Delaware Library. We can’t wait for you to join us for “A Universe of Stories.” Thank you, and see you in the library.