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In my deep, deep, deep blue pocket of the country, Montgomery County, Maryland, we are still trapped in spring 2020 when it comes to COVID. We’re still wearing masks indoors, my kids are the only kids in their outdoor soccer league playing maskless, and many county services and events are still using COVID as the excuse to avoid resuming normal operations. Last week I had a piece in the Washington Post about it, arguing for full reopening of our county; likely a fruitless effort akin to yelling at the wind, but it was worth a college try.
One of my co-authors, Jen Reesman, has been following the issue of the libraries closely. She wrote this paragraph in our op-ed,
Though Montgomery libraries finally reopened after one of the longest closures in the country, they’re still offering limited services. A county library official told us this week that story times and other indoor programs would not resume until vaccines are approved and available for children. Meanwhile, teen programming remains virtual, despite almost every single teen in the county having at least one vaccine dose.
Despite our rock-bottom low numbers, things are still just too dangerous to have someone read books to kids. Well, that is, unless they’re a drag queen, in which case it’s safe. At least, that’s what it seems like given this event that has happened at least twice over the pandemic, most recently last weekend:
Drag Queen Story Hour This Saturday at Brookside Gardenshttps://t.co/Af7gsR5Lrf
— The MoCoShow (MCS) (@TheMoCoShow) October 20, 2021
We’ve learned a lot about COVID spread over the last year and a half; two-year-olds need to wear masks while we pack into restaurants and bars, which are made safe because people wear their masks from the entrance to their table. Another COVID safety lesson is this: Reading books to children is only safe if you’re a drag queen.Published in