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  • BackYard Carnival

    Contact Person: Lucas Holloway

    Address:
    424 Mt. Hope Road
    Flemingsburg, KY 41041

    Email: lucas@kybounce.com

    Phone: (606) 356-2220

    Website: kybounce.com

    Library Contact: Sandy Florence

    Library: Pendleton County Public Library

    Phone: (859) 654-8535

    Email: sflorence@pcplibrary.org

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: We rented a bouncy house for our Literacy Fair. Lucas was amazing to work with! He delivered and set up the bouncy house. He went over all the rules and safety instructions and then came back to take it down at the end of the event. He was so polite and helpful. I highly recommend him and his company. Check out the website because there is a lot of different things to rent for all ages.

    Age Level:
    Preschool
    Grades K-3
    Grades 4-6

    Approximate Cost: $132.50

     

  • Cambo the Clown

    Address:
    Lexington, KY

    Email: cambo@cambotheclown.com

    Phone: (859) 554-7997

    Website: cambotheclown.com

    Library Contact: Richelle Browner and Angel Holbert

    Library: Bullitt County Public Library

    Phone:

    Email: richelle@bcplib.org

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: Library patrons of all ages loved Cambo the Clown. He involved both the children and the parents in his presentation. Would definitely recommend!

    Age Level:
    Preschool
    Grades K-3
    Grades 4-6
    Adult

     

  • Mark Cormican

    Contact Person: Mark Cormican

    Address:
    Warsaw, KY

    Email: markcormican07@aol.com

    Website: www.markcormican.com

    Library Contact: Becky Watson

    Library: Woodford County Library

    Phone: (859) 873-5191

    Email: rwatson@woodfordlibrary.org

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: Mark performed a spectacular show for us in November. I wasn't sure how a John Denver tribute show would play now, since it's been so long since his death, but we had to cut off registration at 115 people. Mark also performed original work which was really good and insightful. He sings and plays guitar. He also has a good rapport with the audience. We drew more adults than children with this program, but the children who came really liked him.

    Age Level: All Ages
    Grades K-3
    Grades 4-6
    Adult

    Approximate Cost: $350 for an hour show

     

  • Family Time Entertainment

    Contact Person: Don Miller

    Address:
    8485 W. Washington Street Suite #9
    Indianapolis, IN 46231

    Phone: (317) 635-7770

    Website: www.familytimeentertainment.com

    Library Contact: Sandy Florence

    Library: Pendleton County Public Library

    Phone: (859) 654-8535

    Email: sflorence@pcplibrary.org

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: We had Don Miller come and do The Superhero Show for our Summer Reading. He did a great job entertaining the kids. He also had a lot of superhero toys and such for the kids to look at.

    Age Level:
    Preschool
    Grades K-3
    Grades 4-6

    Approximate Cost: $375 for a 1 hour show

     

  • Joni Fleming

    Contact Person: Joni Fleming

    Address:
    2801 Riggs Lane
    Batavia, OH 41097

    Email: jflemingbu@gmail.com

    Library Contact: Cheryl Clemons

    Library: Grant County Public Library

    Phone: (859) 824-2080

    Email: c.clemons@grantlib.org

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: Joni is a caricaturist from Batavia, Ohio. We hired her for our Early Childhood Fair and she drew pics from 4pm to 7pm solid. She was the most popular entertainer/artist with lines backed up all the time but she got everyone in. She brings plastic bags to slip the drawings (11 x 17) in. We will have her back.

    Age Level: All Ages

    Approximate Cost: 300

     

  • Fun For All Clowns

    Contact Person: Judy Ellington

    Address:
    535 Glenrose Lane
    Cincinnati, OH 45244

    Email: funforallclowns@yahoo.com

    Phone: (513) 885-4830

    Library Contact: Sandy Florence

    Library: Pendleton County Public Library

    Phone: (859) 654-8535

    Email: sflorence@pcplibrary.org

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: We have hired Judy for the last 2 years. She does a fabulous job with face painting and balloon twisting. She does full face painting. It is wonderful!

    Age Level: All Ages

    Approximate Cost: $190.00 for 2 hours

     

  • Impossible Magic

    Contact Person: Reed and Ashton Masterson

    Address:
    119 Vine Street
    Cynthiana, KY 41031

    Email: booking@impossiblemagic.net

    Phone: (859) 588-5388

    Website: http://www.impossiblemagic.net/

    Library Contact: Sandy Florence

    Library: Pendleton County Public Library

    Phone: (859) 654-8535

    Email: sflorence@pcplibrary.org

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: We had Impossible Magic do a Summer Reading program for our teens. The show was great! It was very entertaining and definitely had the shock factor.

    Age Level:

    Approximate Cost: $300 for an hour show

     

  • Impossible Magic

    Contact Person: Reed Masterson

    Address:
    119 Vine Street
    Cynthiana, KY 41031

    Email: booking@impossiblemagic.net

    Phone: (859) 588-5388

    Website: www.impossiblemagic.net

    Library Contact: Sandy Florence

    Library: Pendleton County Public Library

    Phone: (859) 654-8535

    Email: sflorence@pcplibrary.org

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: This is the 2nd year that we have had Reed do a magic show for our Teen Summer Reading. He and Ashton do a great job. They always keep everyone entertained.

    Age Level:
    Young Adult
    Adult

    Approximate Cost: $300

     

  • Impossible Magic

    Contact Person: Reed and Ashton Masterson

    Address:
    Cynthiana, KY 41031

    Email: booking@impossiblemagic.ne

    Phone: (859) 588-5388

    Website: http://www.impossiblemagic.net/

    Library Contact: Tara O'Hagan

    Library: Washington County Public Library

    Phone: (859) 336-7655

    Email: director@wcplky.org

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: Reed and Ashton Nicole were AWESOME! We had them for a tween/teen summer reading program and everyone was mesmerized, especially the adults. Reed and Ashton were personable and connected with the crowd. Their illusions were aimed for both tweens and for older teenagers. Our performance did have some illusions that may be frightening to children younger than 6. They worked with us on the date and price so that we could have them come. We definitely plan to have them back!

    Age Level:
    Grades 4-6
    Young Adult
    Adult

    Approximate Cost: $300

     

  • Jack Strauss Entertainment

    Contact Person: Jack Strauss

    Email: jack@jackstrauss.com

    Phone: (502) 509-6243

    Website: makekidsread.com

    Library Contact: Pam Whelan

    Library: McCracken County Public Library

    Phone: (270) 442-2510

    Email: pwhelan@mclib.net

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: High energy magician who is GREAT with kids. He is very professional and easy to work with. He developed an "April Fools" magic show for us that was very well-received. Will ask back!

    Age Level:
    Preschool
    Grades K-3
    Grades 4-6

     

  • Living Arts & Science Center

    Contact Person: Katherine Bullock

    Address:
    362 N. MLK Blvd.
    Lexington, KY 40508

    Email: kbullock@lasclex.org

    Phone: (859) 252-5222

    Website: www.LASCLEX.com

    Library Contact: Sandy Florence

    Library: Pendleton County Public Library

    Phone: (859) 654-8535

    Email: sflorence@pcplibrary.org

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: We had The Living Arts & Science Center do a program for out Teen Summer Reading. They offer several different programs. We chose Fizz, Boom, Science. The presenter did quite a few different science experiments with the kids. It was all hands on. The teens loved to be able to actually do the experiments. It was both exciting and educational.

    Age Level:
    Young Adult

     

  • Reed and Ashton Masterson

    Contact Person: Reed Masterson

    Address:
    Cynthiana, KY

    Phone: (859) 588-5388

    Website: www.impossiblemagic.ne

    Library Contact: Bookie Wilson

    Library: Woodford County Library

    Phone: (859) 873-5191

    Email: bwilson@woodfordlibrary.org

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: Impossible Magic is an apt title for the show put on by Reed and Ashton. Their show is terrific, an hour packed with amazing illusions and magic tricks. Our audience was enthralled and engaged during their fast paced and very professional presentation. Reed and Ashton arrived hours before the show for their setup and run-through, and were consummate professionals in every regard. They respond promptly to email or phone inquiries, and consider the Library budget in the charge for their performance. Two thumbs up!

    Age Level:
    Grades 4-6
    Young Adult
    Adult

    Approximate Cost: not sure, but affordable to most all budgets

     

  • Mr. Molecule

    Contact Person: Great Shows for Kids

    Address:
    P.O. BOX 1165
    MASON, OH 45040

    Email: info@GreatShowsForKids.com

    Phone: (800) 327-1878

    Website: greatshowsforkids.com

    Library Contact: Anastasia Cook

    Library: Morgan County Public Library

    Phone: (606) 743-4151

    Email: morgancountypubliclibrary@gmail.com

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: Mr. Molecule was by far one of the best performers we've ever had, he did a fantastic job and interacted with the children and even the adults loved the show! I would highly recommend him for educational purposes and entertainment. We will have him back next year, they have a new show every year involved with the Summer Reading theme! I would even recommend to schools!

    Age Level: All Ages

    Approximate Cost: $400.00

     

  • David Owens

    Contact Person: David Owens

    Email: scoopowens24@yahoo.com

    Phone: (606) 386-0187

    Library Contact: Pam Chaliff

    Library: Rockcastle County Public Library

    Phone: (606) 256-2388

    Email: pam@rockcastlelibrary.org

    Rating: 3/5 stars

    Comments: David does "Tales of the Thunderbolt People" which is Native American story telling. He has lots of artifacts. If you have an outside space he can set up a teepee, etc. He can "gear" that stories, presentation to a variety of age groups, which worked well for us.

    Age Level: All Ages

    Approximate Cost: $150.00 (we are his "home" library so may be more if he has to travel

     

  • Lafferty Pike

    Contact Person: Harmony

    Address:
    Springfield, OH

    Email: laffertypike@outlook.com

    Phone: (937) 561-5028

    Library Contact: Grant County Public Library

    Library: Grant County Public Library

    Phone: (859) 824-2080

    Email: s.nimersheim@grantlib.org

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: Four sisters and a mom that plays standup bass makes the Lafferty Pike Bluegrass and Gospel band. Sweet harmonies and beautiful instrumentals are really for any age. The old and young alike enjoyed them and they are very friendly and willing to show their instruments and answer questions. Check them out on Facebook. Reasonable.

    Age Level: All Ages

    Approximate Cost: ask...

     

  • Poof Daddy Comedy Magic Show

    Contact Person: Paul Adams Productions, Inc.

    Address:
    PO Box 1165
    Mason, OH 45040

    Email: Info@GreatShowsForKids.com

    Phone: (800) 327-1878

    Library Contact: Deby Baker

    Library: Wolfe County Public Library

    Phone: (606) 668-6571

    Email: books2_1999@yahoo.com

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: Paul gave a high energy, non-stop 45 minute show. Lots of audience participation using magic, music, puppets and puns. Hope to have him back again!

    Age Level:
    Grades K-3

    Approximate Cost: $475

     

  • Presto Paul

    Contact Person: Paul Dalholt

    Phone: (859) 803-1655

    Website: www.prestopaul.com

    Library Contact: Bookie Wilson

    Library: Woodford County Library

    Phone: (859) 873-5191

    Email: bwilson@woodfordlibrary.org

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: Presto Paul has performed twice for programs at the Woodford County Library. Paul is a consummate professional, and delightful to work with. He responds very promptly to email/phone messages, arrives early to programs, and best of all, keeps the crowd interested and engaged. Paul was a big hit at our family programs and is a wonderful entertainer for folks of all ages.

    Age Level: All Ages

    Approximate Cost: not sure, but affordable and well worth it!

     

  • Charlie Raymond

    Contact Person: Charlie Raymond

    Address:
    8019 Montero Drive unit B
    Prospect, KY 40059

    Email: craymond@walden-school.org

    Phone:

    Website: http://www.kentuckybigfoot.com/

    Library Contact: Christina Shepherd

    Library: Spencer County Public Library

    Phone: (502) 477-8137

    Email: christina@spencercolibrary.us

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: Charlie Raymond is the founder of the Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization. He has been investigating Bigfoot for over 20 years and has been featured on Animal Planet, History Channel, and BBC. I have only worked in my current library for about a year and this was the best turn out I have had! Charlie was very professional. He had a PowerPoint explaining the history of Bigfoot, scientific explainings, videos of testimonials, and sound samples. He tailored the presentation to our area, but touched on some other areas. He took questions and mostly avoided conspiracy theories. He also enjoyed hearing stories from the audience. He is also a technology director at: Walden School; 4238 Westport Road, Louisville, KY 40207 (502) 893-0433 ex 313 www.walden-school.org

    Age Level: All Ages

    Approximate Cost: $125-$200

     

  • Troy Roark

    Contact Person: Elsenpeter Productions

    Address:
    109 West 7th St.
    New London, MO 63459

    Phone: (217) 335-3338

    Website: Elsenpeterproductions.com

    Library Contact: Pam Whelan

    Library: McCracken County Public Library

    Phone: (270) 442-2510

    Email: pwhelan@mclib.net

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: Juggler, comedian. Very professional and the kids love his high-energy shows. His outdoor water program is a favorite at our library!

    Age Level: All Ages

    Approximate Cost: approx. $300

     

  • Jerry Sampson ASA (American Society of Appraisers)

    Contact Person: Jerry Sampson

    Address:
    107 South Main Street
    Harrodsburg, KY 40330

    Email: jsampsonantiques@bellsouth.net

    Phone: (859) 613-4735

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sampson-Antiques-Books-Appraisals/159485110765142

    Library Contact: Matthew Gilley

    Library: Mercer County Public Library

    Phone: (859) 734-3680

    Email: mrg@mcplib.info

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: Jerry professionally presented a lecture with some Q&A at the end. It lasted about an hour with a total time of two hours for casual appraisal of one item per person. No coins, money, stamps, weapons or sports memorabilia will be considered. His appraisals are intended for entertainment purposes only and are not valid for insurance coverage or estate settlement. What an excellent time we all had and it was a big hit!

    Age Level:
    Young Adult
    Adult

    Approximate Cost: 200

     

  • Silly Safari

    Contact Person: Amazon John

    Address:
    12106 Southeastern Avenue
    Indianapolis, IN 46259

    Phone: (317) 862-9003

    Website: www.sillysafari.com

    Library Contact: Sandy Florence

    Library: Pendleton County Public Library

    Phone: (859) 654-8535

    Email: sflorence@pcplibrary.org

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: We have had Silly Safari do a Summer Reading show for several years. We have had Amazon John and Coyote Chris. They both do a fabulous job! If you have not had them yet, you definitely should. The kids love the show and the animals they bring. After the show, the kids have the opportunity to pet some of the animals. Absolutely wonderful show!!!!

    Age Level: All Ages

    Approximate Cost: $400

     

  • Steve-O The Louisville Magician

    Contact Person: Steve Haffner

    Address:
    Louisville, KY

    Email: steveomagic@gmail.com

    Phone: (502) 419-4272

    Website: http://www.steveomagic.com/

    Library Contact: Melissa Fulton

    Library: Mason County Public Library

    Phone: (606) 564-3286

    Email: bmasoncolibrary@bellsouth.net

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: Steve-O was awesome. I had a crowd of 125 and he kept their attention the whole time. He's out of Louisville and traveled to us in Maysville which I was very impressed with. Our crowd consisted of babies up to about 10 year olds. He was also very prompt in returning any communications with me. If you book him, you won't be sorry!

    Age Level: All Ages

    Approximate Cost: $400

     

  • Jack Strauss - Magician

    Contact Person: Jack Strauss

    Address:
    974 Breckinridge Lane, Suite 120
    Louisville, KY 40207

    Phone: (502) 509-6243

    Website: makekidsread.com

    Library Contact: Kathy Goode & Tabitha Coffman

    Library: Casey County Public Library

    Phone: (606) 787-9381

    Email: tabithacoffman@caseylibrary.org

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: Jack is an excellent & highly energetic & funny magician. The kids were rolling in the aisles. He arrived in plenty of time & gave a wonderful show. We loved that he stresses reading and incorporates that into his act but makes it extremely fun for the children. This has been one of the engaging shows we have presented in the past couple of years. Jack also was telling us about his Young Adult and Adult shows so we will definitely be booking him for more performances in the future.

    Age Level:
    Grades K-3
    Grades 4-6
    Young Adult
    Adult

    Approximate Cost: $250 + mileage from Louisville

     

  • Theater Improv Workshop

    Contact Person: Sami Allison

    Address:
    Frankfort, KY

    Email: allisonsami@gmail.com

    Library Contact: David Senator

    Library: Estill County Public Library

    Phone:

    Email: yalibraryguy@gmail.com

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: A fun, fast program centered around theater improvisational games. We had a mix of teenagers and adults, and all really got into playing the games and having a good time together! Great team building exercise, as well as imagination building, or just plain fun!

    Age Level:
    Grades 4-6
    Young Adult
    Adult

    Approximate Cost: Negotiable

     

  • Toni Wiley

    Contact Person: Toni Wiley

    Address:
    Bardstown, KY 40004

    Email: tonimwiley@gmail.com

    Phone: (859) 805-0882

    Website: www.tonimwiley.com

    Library Contact: Stacy Tiller

    Library: Spencer County Public Library

    Phone: (502) 477-8137

    Email: stacy08@spencercolibrary.us

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: Toni talks about rocks and has a great verity to show the kids. She reads the book and explains concepts to the kids. Coty talks to the kids about drawing and walks them through how to draw Kiki.

    Age Level:
    Grades K-3
    Grades 4-6

    Approximate Cost: Free

     

  • Will Bill Outdoor Adventures

    Contact Person: Bill Gordon

    Address:
    P O Box 175
    Stanton, KY 40380

    Email: bill@highadventurewildernessschool.com

    Phone: (859) 230-8649

    Website: bill@highadventurewildernessschool.com

    Library Contact: Bookie Wilson

    Library: Woodford County Library

    Phone: (859) 873-5191

    Email: bwilson@woodfordlibrary.org

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: Will Bill has presented at the Woodford County Library a number of times and always does a terrific job. His gentle manner and obvious love of nature make him a wonderful presenter for families and children of all ages. Bill brings lots of fun artifacts which he shares with the audience while imparting interesting facts and info about nature in our backyards. Bill always welcomes questions and invites the audience to join him after the show to learn more about his collection or just talk about their interest in nature.

    Age Level: All Ages

    Approximate Cost: not sure, but affordable to most all budgets

     

  • Wulfe Bros.

    Contact Person: Paul Cunningham

    Address:
    Louisville, KY

    Email: thewulfebros@yahoo.com

    Phone: (502) 267-8204

    Website: the wulfebros.com

    Library Contact: Deby Baker

    Library: Wolfe Co. Public Library

    Phone: (606) 668-6571

    Email: books2_1999@yahoo.com

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: A non-stop hour of music, entertainment, history and fun!! The "Reflections of the American Spirit" (the American Soldier) program was spot-on for our SRP Heroes theme. A little pricey for a small library but worth EVERY penny - will definitely have them back!

    Age Level: All Ages

    Approximate Cost: $775.00

     

  • Wump Mucket Puppets

    Contact Person: Terrence Burke

    Email: wumpmucket@fuse.net

    Phone: (513) 370-9803

    Website: WumpMucketPuppets.com

    Library Contact: Sandy Florence

    Library: Pendleton County Public Library

    Phone: (859) 654-8535

    Email: sflorence@pcplibrary.org

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: We had the Wump Mucket Puppets do a Summer Reading show for ages 3 through 5th grade. It was fabulous! Mr. Burke was easy to work with. He showed up early to set up his puppet stage. He used all hand made puppets. After the show, he answered questions, gave the kids coloring sheets, and even let them see "backstage". The kids and adults loved it. An added bonus is that he is very reasonably priced. I will definitely have him back.

    Age Level:

    Approximate Cost: $200 for a 1 hour show

     

  • Wump Mucket Puppets

    Contact Person: Terrence J. Burke

    Address:
    4212 Brookside Avenue
    Cincinnati, OH 45223-2102

    Email: wumpmucket@fuse.net

    Phone: (513) 370-9803

    Website: wumpmucketpuppets.com

    Library Contact: Sandy Florence

    Library: Pendleton County Public Library

    Phone: (859) 654-8535

    Email: sflorence@pcplibrary.org

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: This is the 2nd year we have had Wump Mucket Puppets do a show for our Summer Reading. Terrence does a wonderful job! All of his puppets and props are homemade. After the show the kids get to touch the puppets and ask questions.

    Age Level:
    Preschool
    Grades K-3
    Grades 4-6

    Approximate Cost: $200

     

  • Joseph Young

    Contact Person: Joseph Young

    Email: Joseph@JosephYoungmagic.com

    Phone: (276) 393-4410

    Website: http://josephyoungmagic.com/reading-program/

    Library Contact: Cindy Hatchell

    Library: Middlesboro - Bell County Public Library

    Phone: (606) 248-4812

    Email: librarycindyh@gmail.com

    Rating: 5/5 stars

    Comments: Joseph is a great entertainer and illusionist! He keeps the attention of the children and the adults. His comedy and magic are astounding. SO much FUN!

    Age Level: All Ages

     

  • Zinghoppers

    Contact Person: Jared Wylie

    Email: zinghoppers@gmail.com

    Website: Zinghoppers.com

    Library Contact: Carol Q Sexton

    Library: Pulaski County

    Phone: (606) 679-8401

    Email: carol.sexton@pulaskilibrary.com

    Rating: 1/5 stars

    Comments: NO Show DO NOT BOOK EVER

    Age Level: All Ages

    Approximate Cost: $500.00

     

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