Summer Reading Program Contingency Plan
Dear library friends:
I hope you are healthy and well and staying sane during these crazy times.
Several of you have already contacted me to discuss plans if the libraries should remain closed over the summer. Even if libraries start to reopen, there is a good chance larger public programs will probably be cancelled.
The summer reading programs are an important service provided to the community. It has been my honor to have been invited to perform at so many wonderful libraries over the years. Many of you invite me back year after year!
It has been heart-warming to receive many positive messages letting me know that you are looking for alternative ways to provide programs over the summer. I think this year our children will benefit more than ever from your library summer reading program.
And so James Wand has a brand new show this summer! From Spy Magic HQ, a very special (and very fun) show will be beamed to library Facebook pages all over North Texas!
Here is a fun promo video that you can post to your Facebook page whenever you wish:
How Does It Work?
We keep all scheduled booking (s) for now. If and when you decide you definitely won’t be doing live, in-person programs at the library, we switch to Plan B.
Plan B is that you will post a video of a specially recorded show on your library’s Facebook page. You can announce in advance (with the above trailer) the show date and time just as you would any regular program. I will then send you a video which you can upload and publish to Facebook at the scheduled time so everyone can watch the fun. The video will be a full 30-minute show in the style of the trailer above. The children will feel engaged and involved as they enjoy the magic and help James Wand solve clues and secret codes on a top secret mission.
Some of you have inquired about a Zoom-style live show. There are several issues. If you have ever had a Zoom meeting with more than three or four people imagine what it would be like with thirty children! Impossible. Plus, it would require your patrons to download special apps on their devices. With Facebook, they can use any type of device to enjoy the show. And you’ll be using a tool you are already familiar with and already use to interact with your patrons.
Oh and for those of you who have booked a magic workshop for your older kids, I will be providing a similar video show to replace the in-person workshop.
Please send me an email or call me at 214-546-5769 if you have any questions or comments. I do appreciate your flexibility so we don’t have to cancel shows. After all, the show must go on!
(James Wand, the Spy Magician)