READING PROGRAM 2005
in support of the Collaborative Summer Library Program theme:
Dragons, Dreams, and Daring Deeds
king demands a magic show; but the royal magician is missing. The court
jester, Fashoo the Fool, has to do the show instead. If it’s no good,
off with his head! But jesters don’t do magic. A jester’s job is to
juggle, tell silly jokes, and make people laugh. What’s a fool to
do? Fashoo has to run to the library and learn magic before it’s too
late. Come watch the hilarity and fun of magic gone awry as a jester
learns to do magic, right out of a library book.
Librarians: This program is carefully
designed to work in any library, no matter how big or small. I’ve been
performing magic shows in libraries all over Kentucky for years, and
I’ve seen every kind of facility. I can perform for a large audience in
your meeting room or I can do this show right next to the stacks. I
don’t need special lighting, a microphone, or really much of anything.
I’ll want a place to change clothes and a table to display your magic,
juggling, and clowning books, so I can convince your young patrons to
check them out.
to juggle! That’s right! Learn the ancient and delightful circus skill
of juggling. We’re going to teach you how to juggle three balls in the
air, using only two hands. After class, the balls are yours to keep, so
you can amaze your friends.
Librarians: The important things to
know about this class are (1) Headcount limit is 24. (2) Although I
won’t turn anyone away for being too young, I strongly recommend you
set an age limit of 10 or older. There are always exceptional kids; but
in general, I have found that the minimum age for this motor skill is
pretty constant. Note that I have not set an upper age limit. This is a
fine kid’s class but also works well for teens and adults. I will
provide the balls and that cost is budgeted into the program price.