Welcome to EducationalPerformers.com – the directory of school and library presenters.
All our performers are carefully selected for their experience working in schools and libraries. Whether you are looking to book a school assembly show, parents’ evening, or summer library program, the performers listed here will all provide top notch educational entertainment!
Please browse the directory to choose a performer for your event. And please leave a review after your show to let others know how well they did.
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Thanks to all of you for taking time out of your busy schedules to complete the second annual library survey! For me, part of the pleasure of the summer library season is visiting a diverse range of libraries. From single small town libraries to sprawling, multi-branch urban systems, I see how libraries form the heart of communities large and small. Through EducationalPerformers.org, my goal is to make your jobs easier by providing all the information you need in one location.
In that spirit, I am sharing with you some of the highlights of this latest survey. I hope that hearing from your peers about their experiences will help you to prepare for the upcoming summer season.
In booking performers, librarians reported that they look for programs that are:
Relevant to summer reading/annual theme
Entertaining and interactive
“Come then, and let us pass a leisure hour in storytelling, and our story shall be the education of our heroes.”
This is one of my favorite quotes from Plato’s The Republic. The gathering of people for the sole purpose of sharing songs and stories is an important part of human tradition, and the interaction was (and is) not only entertaining, but educational. I think Plato is saying in the quote above that a storyteller or songwriter has an opportunity to help lead the listener to greatness. Or perhaps he is saying the listeners are already great just because they have the desire to listen to the story. I’m not sure. I’m probably not as smart as Plato. I do, however, love songs and stories!
Singing songs and telling stories is a form of communication that pre-dates the written word. Before people started writing their stories down on paper (or rather chiseling them in stone) and before songs were easily recorded and readily available for download and streaming, the only way to share these songs and stories was in person. There is something fundamentally human about communicating in this manner.
You’ve found a great program for your school assembly, now how are you going to pay for it? Here are a few suggestions. Please let us know in the comments if you have come up with any other creative ways!
Most performers will offer a substantial discount if you are able to team up with other schools in your area. I typically offer a $100 discount per school when two or more schools book together. After you have scheduled your date, call/email other schools in the area. In most cases, you’ll find at least one other school willing to block book with you.
It helps with planning when schools book as early as possible, especially out-of-town trips. Ask if the performer has any early-booking discounts.
Contact local groups to ask for sponsorship. Even better, ask if you can attend and speak at one of their meetings. Local groups to contact include: business & civic clubs (Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary), chambers of commerce, churches and other religious groups, local groups that support youth causes.
You may have noticed our new name.
Since most of the performers on this site also perform at schools during the school year, I thought it would make sense to expand our reach to other groups that look to hire educational entertainment.
And so LibraryPerformers.org has magically transformed into EducationalPerformers.org
Please let your area schools know about us.
Hope you are all enjoying the summer!