Your fabulous show always brings in a lot of people and I love the way you incorporate our theme into your show. We definitely get our money's worth!
Joan Rose, Mahopac Public Library, Mahopac NY
Every year, we tour a new CSLP themed summer reading program performance across the eastern United States to promote libraries as essential community resources. In addition to summer juggling and magic shows, we work with teen services and young adult librarians year round to implement skill toy clubs. Our juggling props engage tweens, teens, and youth advisory boards to increase participation in young adult programs and overall excitement at the library.
2014 Summer Reading Program - Fizz, Boom, Read!
Audiences of all ages 45 minutes in length Sound system provided
The Flow Circus program is a unique blend of magic and juggling that engaged our young readers in a way that fills their hearts with passion and their heads with dreams. Most importantly, the children were inspired to READ and they were an active part of the 2011 summer reading program.
Reitha Morrison, Iredell County Public Library, Statesville NC
Read Yourself Silly: 45 minute juggling & magic show in which Paul tells the story of how a trip to the circus inspired him to visit his library to learn more about juggling which led to balloons, magic, and the history of the circus. Throughout the performance he models how learning through books can be fun and leads you to discover new interests.
The Science of Awesome: Explore the world of science and skill toys where things fall, balance and spin. Paul will leave students (and teachers) with an urge to pick up and play with the world around them to discover the mysterious forces of the invisible, physical world. Originally created for the 2014 CSLP summer reading program theme, but loved the show so much we decided to add it to our regular year-round offerings.
Juggling Money: Join Paul as he tells the story of how a trip to the library led him on an adventure filled with high-flying juggling, amazing magic, and the wonders of circus. In the end, he learns that hard work and smart choices lead to rewarding results. This 45 minute one-man show reinforces basic financial concepts of spending, sharing, and saving in a memorable and playful way. Created as part of a financial literacy grant from PNC bank.
Do Something! Based on the performer’s own experience as an entrepreneur, Do Something! challenges tweens and teens to discover their passions and research their career options. Juggling, magic, and physical comedy illustrate several easy steps to guide career exploration. Available year round.
Summer Reading Program: Each year Flow Circus customizes a performance to connect to the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) theme. Watch highlights from Dream Big Read! (2012) above.
Children 10 years and older 90 minutes in length All equipment provided
The teen population is often a difficult age bracket for us to get in the library and Flow Circus skill toy workshop is a great way to attract teens. The workshop engages them to pursue more information regarding the toys from around the world.
Judith Winecoff, Watuaga County Library, Boone NC
Juggle Me This: Three ball juggling is broken down into simple, easy to learn steps. Participants are given individual feedback as well as learn how to give constructive feedback to peers. By the end of the session, everyone improves! Includes a set of juggling balls & book for the library to add to its collection.
Skill Toys from Around the World: Introduce participants to kendama, flower sticks, diabolo and other skill toys that have histories dating back thousands of years. Workshop is fast paced as participants move through stations and try their hands at each. Includes a set of flower sticks and instructional DVD for the library.
Twisted Fun: Tweens & teens are introduced to basic balloon twisting skills to make dogs, giraffes, and other sculptures. Teams then face a challenge that incorporates brainstorming, creative thinking, performance, and of course, balloons! We can customize the challenge to fit with your program’s objectives. Includes a balloon twisting kit for the library or can be combined with the Twist & Earn! program.
Up to 20 participants Instructional DVD Program Guide
I HIGHLY recommend the Flow Circus for any library looking to expand their programming in new and interesting ways. The skill toy program is active, ties itself well to library collections and engages students to attempt new things. In a world inundated with sedentary entertainment it is refreshing to see someone offering programs that require actual movement, finesse and sustained practice.
Casey Nees, Children’s Manager
North Regional Library, Durham NC
Flow Circus Teen Kits offer a dynamic and interactive way to ignite curiosity in tweens and teens. Teens will want to visit the library to pick up and play with a variety of props that can be spun, balanced, and tossed. Start a juggling or skill toy club that meets regularly or make the props available for teens to work with independently. Workshops, staff training, and teen kits can be combined to kick off a successful program for your teens even if you have never played with the toys yourself. Visit our Teen Kits Page for more details about kit contents.
Your efforts in planning, preparing and coordinating your presentation demonstrated excellent leadership qualities, reflecting very positively on you and your company. Your professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication helped make this event an overwhelming success, as measured through the evaluations.
Monica Lucas, Richard B. Harrison Library, Raleigh NC
Drawing on our backgrounds in performance, education, and psychology, Flow Circus offers a range of workshops to engage your staff in active learning. Juggling, skill toys, and balloon twisting provide the foundation for memorable lessons. These 2-3 hour sessions can also be adapted to fit the goals of teen leadership programs.
Skill Toys 101: Recommended for organizations introducing Skill Toy Kits to their staff and teens. Whether you are trying to attract and maintain teen attendance or you have a large, energetic group that overwhelms staff afterschool, skill toys can provide a unique programming solution to get your teens moving in a novel way. We review basic teaching techniques, provide tips for problem solving, and introduce DIY skill toys that can be made on a shoe-string budget.
Finding Common Ground: Trying to find a training session that will create a common ground for your staff and the teens in your community? Skill toys such as flower sticks and spinning plates provide a novel, engaging activity that puts staff back into the role of new learner. Debriefing will focus on how previous experiences and individual learning styles influence how teens and staff approach new and challenging situations.
Juggling Strong Leaders: Having taught thousands of jugglers over the last twenty years, our unique style of introducing this new skill will provide the foundation for identifying good teaching methods and strong leadership.
Twisted Teams: Barriers are immediately broken down when balloons come out. This playful workshop introduces basic balloon twisting skills. Participants then face balloon twisting challenges that reinforce positive team work and creative thinking.
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Every time I tried to start working, I broke down into hysterics. Literally – laughing so hard I had to stop what I was doing. Hours after the fact. I thought our office manager was going to call the EMT's. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.
Deborah Zulick, Project Coordinator
Connecticut Library Consortium, Middletown, CT
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