The 9 Things You Should Do to Make Your Library Summer Programs a Big Success!

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Summer is almost here and Texas libraries are gearing up for their summer performance series. Here are 9 top tips to help make your programs a big success!

1 – Confirm the show
Most performers will call or email a few days before to reconfirm the show. If you haven’t heard from your performer for a while, send an email or call to make sure they will be at your library on the correct date.

2 – Use social media
Use your library FaceBook page to announce each upcoming program. Link to the performer’s website. Put up flyers around the library and ask staff to mention the next program to anyone they see at the library with kids.

3 – Reserve a parking spot
Performers carry in a lot of stuff and Texas summers are hot! Your performers will love you if you put out a cone to reserve a parking spot near the library entrance.

4 – Use your volunteers
It is always useful to have extra help on the day of performance. Performers appreciate the offer to help carry things. Your volunteers can help with crowd control.

5 – Introduce the Performer
Introduce your performer and remind the audience of how to behave appropriately. This message should be directed at both kids AND adults! Check with your performer to see if s/he has any special requirements before starting the show.

School and Library Performers in Texas!

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.

Go to the Directory of School and Library Performers…

Librarian Survey Report

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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:

Age appropriate
Affordable
Relevant to summer reading/annual theme
Entertaining and interactive
Unique

The Importance of Singing Songs and Telling Stories

dano“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.

Funding Sources for School Assembly Programs

Funding assembly programsYou’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!

Block Booking

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.

Book Early

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.

Community Groups

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.

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