BOOKING

WHAT IS DRAG STORY HOUR?

Drag Story Hour NYC produces storytelling and creative arts programs for children and teens, presented by local drag artists, in libraries, schools, and other community spaces in all five boroughs of New York City, and virtually. Through fun and fabulous educational experiences, our programs celebrate gender diversity and all forms of difference to build empathy and give kids the confidence to express themselves however they feel comfortable.

Are you interested in booking a program for your library, school, museum, or other venue? Please read the information below to learn about our programs and rates, then fill out this form to begin the booking process. All follow-up questions should be addressed to Oliver Click at oliver@dqshnyc.org.

Please note that we require at least three weeks notice to plan a program.
 

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A FEW NOTES BEFORE YOU BOOK

 

Rates: The rates listed include one drag storyteller for one Drag Story Hour (DSH) session. We bring our own books selected from our list of age-appropriate picture books. If you would like us to read a specific book, please send us a PDF of the book at least two weeks in advance so we can determine whether it’s a good fit, and please provide a physical copy of the book on the day. There are additional fees for any theme requests, costume requests, additional drag storytellers, multiple reading sessions, or audiences that exceed the maximum numbers listed.

 

Deposits and cancelations: For private events, we require a $100 nonrefundable deposit to secure the event date. For all other events, we charge a $100 cancellation fee if the event is cancelled after it has been confirmed with a contract.

 

Promotion: DSH NYC brings drag performers to children and communities, but does not specialize in bringing families to venues. We list all DSH programs that are open to the public on our events calendar, but we can’t guarantee any promotion beyond that.

 

Bathrooms for the public: If you are hosting an event that is open to the public, we ask that you provide at least one clearly labeled gender neutral public bathroom so that everyone feels safe attending our events.

 

Schools: Please make sure you have the full support of your school’s administration before confirming your booking with us. Some schools end up canceling events if conflict arises over the nature of our programming. While DSH NYC offers its programming free of charge to public schools, the organization still pays the drag artist and event facilitator for each program, and when an event is canceled, we pay the drag artist a cancellation fee. Additionally, other schools miss out on the opportunity to book a free program, since we offer a limited number of free programs. If you need help explaining the value of DSH programs to your school’s administration or parents, we have resources available for that! Please email nyc@dragqueenstoryhour.org and ask for our FAQ for Schools.

PROGRAMS AND RATES

We offer free and sliding scale rates for programs serving different types of institutions, based on the following categories:

  • Category 1: Request a free program for your public school during classroom hours --virtual or in-person (limited availability)

  • Category 2: Subsidized Community Program: for public libraries and public schools--virtual or in-person

  • Category 3: Community Program: for nonprofits, charter schools, and volunteer-run community groups hosting events that are free and open to the public--virtual

  • Category 4: Community Program: for nonprofits, charter schools, and volunteer-run community groups hosting events that are free and open to the public--in person

  • Category 5: Standard Program: for private schools, private parties, and small businesses--virtual

  • Category 6: Standard Program: for private schools, private parties, and small businesses--in person

  • Category 7: Corporations--virtual

  • Category 8: Corporations--in person

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Signature Program

Drag Story Hour

45 min  |  Ages 3-8  |  Max. 60 kids*

Drag Story Hour is a storytelling program designed for children ages 3-8. A local drag artist trained by children’s librarians will read picture books, sing songs, do movement activities, and provide an age-appropriate introduction to the concept of drag as a form of dressup and play.

Category 1: FREE 

Category 2: $300 

Category 3: $450

Category 4: $600

Category 5: $650

Category 6: $800

Category 7: $875

Category 8: $1025

* Max. numbers do not apply for virtual programs.

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Bilingual Drag Story Hour

45 min  |  Ages 3-8  |  Max. 60 kids*

Bilingual Drag Story Hour is a storytelling program designed for children ages 3 and up, presented in Spanish and English, Cantonese and English, or French and English. A local drag performer trained by children’s librarians will read picture books in both languages, sing songs, do movement activities, and and provide an age-appropriate introduction to the concept of drag as a form of dressup and play.

Category 1: FREE 

Category 2: $300 

Category 3: $450

Category 4: $600

Category 5: $650

Category 6: $800

Category 7: $875

Category 8: $1025

* Max. numbers do not apply for virtual programs.

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Reading with Royalty: Middle School

45 min  |  Ages 10-14  |  Max. 60 kids*

A local drag artist will read an excerpt from one of our favorite queer middle grade books and lead a discussion about the book. Participants are encouraged to read the book before attending the program. (This program must be booked a month in advance so that we can plan and announce the book selection and give participants a chance to read the book.)

Category 1: FREE 

Category 2: $300 

Category 3: $450

Category 4: $600

Category 5: $650

Category 6: $800

Category 7: $875

Category 8: $1025

* Max. numbers do not apply for virtual programs.

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Reading with Royalty: High School

45 min  |  Ages 14-18  |  Max. 60 kids*

A local drag artist will read an excerpt from one of our favorite queer YA books and lead a discussion about the book. Participants are encouraged to read the book before attending the program. (This program must be booked a month in advance so that we can plan and announce the book selection and give participants a chance to read the book.)

Category 1: FREE 

Category 2: $300 

Category 3: $450

Category 4: $600

Category 5: $650

Category 6: $800

Category 7: $875

Category 8: $1025

* Max. numbers do not apply for virtual programs.

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Drag Story Hour for Neurodiverse Kids

45 min  |  All ages  |  Max. 12 families*

Children with disabilities are welcome at all DSH events, but this program is designed with the needs of neurodiverse kids in mind. Attendance numbers are limited and programs incorporate visual schedules, social stories, sensory and movement activities, fidgets, and more.     
   
As performers, drag artists are the perfect ambassadors for story time for children with social or attentional difficulties because it's hard to take your eyes off a drag artist!
Learn more about the origins of this program at lineupthebooks.com/dqsh.

Category 1: FREE 

Category 2: $300 

Category 3: $450

Category 4: $600

Category 5: $650

Category 6: $800

Category 7: $875

Category 8: $1025

* Max. numbers do not apply for virtual programs.

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Dragtivity Time

60 min  |  Ages 8-18  |  Max 60 kids

One of our drag artists will be joined by Mor Erlich, creator of Sez Me, the acclaimed LGBTQ+ web series for all ages, and The Dragtivity Book, an educational tool for engaging kids in conversations about gender and identity, to present this interactive workshop that includes story time, a screening and discussion of a short Sez Me segment, an exercise from the Dragtivity Book, and an opportunity for kids and adults to ask questions about drag, identity, and gender expression.

Category 1: FREE 

Category 2: $375

Category 3: $525

Category 4: $675

Category 5: $725

Category 6: $875

Category 7: $950

Category 8: $1100

* Max. numbers do not apply for virtual programs.

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The Art of Drag: Makeup Tutorial

60 min  |  Ages 8-18  |  Max. 60 kids*

Learn makeup tips and tricks from a drag artist in this live makeup tutorial and demonstration. Makeup supplies are not provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own makeup supplies, follow along, and ask questions.

Category 1: $350

Category 2: $350 

Category 3: $500

Category 4: $650

Category 5: $700

Category 6: $850

Category 7: $925

Category 8: $1075

* Max. numbers do not apply for virtual programs.

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DSH+

45 min  |  Ages 8-18  |  Max. 60 kids*

DSH+ is the “big kid” version of our original DSH program! A local drag artist trained by children’s librarians will read a picture book that explores themes of gender diversity, then lead a discussion on the book’s themes and answer questions about drag.

Category 1: FREE 

Category 2: $300 

Category 3: $450

Category 4: $600

Category 5: $650

Category 6: $800

Category 7: $875

Category 8: $1025

* Max. numbers do not apply for virtual programs.

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Kids' Parties

45 min  |  Kids of all ages  |  Max 20 kids*

Yes, we do birthday parties! Please select the program you would like and choose category 5 (virtual) or category 6 (in person) when booking.

* Max. numbers do not apply for virtual programs.

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DSH After Dark: for adults

45 min  |  Adults only  |  No Max

Kids are not the only ones who like stories! You can book a DSH for your office holiday party, baby shower, bachelorette party, birthday party, or any other occasion! At our adult DQSH events, a drag performer will read picture books, perform a lip sync number, get the crowd up and moving with the DQSH song “The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish Swish Swish,” and engage the audience in popular activities from “The Dragtivity Book,” such as “Find Your Own Drag Name.”

Category 5: $700

Category 6: $850

Category 7: $925

Category 8: $1075