The Magic of David Corsaro

Summer reading has kicked off with a bang!!! The busy season has officially started so buckle up.  Every summer I book a magic show for the kids.  It’s one of my favorite programs to have and the kids are absolutely fascinated by it.  I think I have booked a different magician every year.  A good magician is hard to come by! I’ve had performers that talk way too much and do very little tricks.  Some that dumb down the magic for the kids.  I’ve had one magician get political on me! No thank you!

This year I went to a community website and found that David Corsaro is a local magician who came highly recommended so we gave him out a try this year.

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FINALLY A GOOD MAGICIAN!!! I cannot tell you how excited I am to find him! He was engaging, funny, so good with the audience.  Start to finish he was fantastic! He had the crowd roaring the entire time!  We had over 100 people attend and 1 parent said, “that is the best show I’ve seen! He needs to go on America’s Got Talent.”

In addition to magic shows he does magic lessons for kids and adults and a murder mystery night.  I can’t wait to book more programs with him and see more of his talents!

If you are in the Tri-state area you can find out more about David at: http://www.davidcorsaro.com

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Tail Wagging Tutors

I have long wanted to have therapy dogs come read with early readers at the library.  Therapy dogs provide a nonjudgmental listening ear for children to practice their reading skills.  The key, I’ve found, is finding the right dog.  We were lucky to have Rocco join us at the library.  His parents are both patrons at our library and he has been through all his certification to be a therapy dog. He is the sweetest guy and loves to sit with the children.

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Our program has been really popular.  Rocco comes in every Tuesday at 4pm and we have sign ups available every 10 min until 5pm.  The key is to making sure people keep their time commitment because he is so popular and his time is in high demand.  It’s fun watching the older kids read to him and the younger kid love showing him the pictures even though they are too young to read the words.

Tail wagging tutors is a great program to offer in the library! How have you used therapy dogs in the library?

Pirates and Princess Party

My assistant Lauren came up with the great idea to host a Pirates and Princess Party at the library.  About once a season we have a huge party for the kids on a Saturday and it’s always a huge hit. This was our spring party.  We knew we wanted Disney Princesses, face painting, games, crafts and food.  As we started looking into the entertainment portion of the party, the Disney Princesses and face painting, it was going to cost us around a $1,000 to outsource these items.  Lauren came up with the idea for us to have our staff run the entire events.  We rented costumes and assigned a Disney Princess to several employees and we also had a couple volunteers offer to do the face painting.  That significantly brought down the over all price of the party.

As people entered the library everyone received this Party Map so they would be sure to hit all the activities we had set up for them all around the library!

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Station 1: Games

We had a hook toss game, and walk the plank which was a balance beam the kids got to walk across in the “ocean” (blue table cloth) infested with sharks! We also set out bubbles for the kids to play with outside.

 

Station 2: Face Painting

This was the hit of the party!

Station3: Food

We had lots of fun snacks for the kids that were pirate and princess themed

Station 4: Prizes

The princess prizes were easy to find but we just got summer themed prizes for the boy’s side.  All items were bought at Five Below or the dollar store

Station 5: Princess Ball

We set up a “dance floor” for the kids to dance on.  The music playing in this area was all from Disney movies

Station 6: Crafts

For crafts the kids made princess hats using plain party hats and ribbon or a pirate hook using red solo cups and tin foil.  Both crafts were easy to run and turned out great!

 

Station 7: Photo Op

We had some art students from our High School paint this amazing mural for the party.  The guest could use some photo props we got and have their picture taken in front of the mural!

Here are our amazing employees all dressed up as Disney Princess and pirates.  My newborn got in on the fun as well!

Hopefully this post gave you some great ideas on how to run  a Pirates and Princess party at your library or school.  If you have any questions, just ask!!