The Fayette County Library hosted librarians from the State of Georgia for a Performer’s Showcase. The event took place on November 11 in Fayetteville.
“The idea of the performer’s showcase is for performers to introduce their craft to the librarians and library staff for us to provide quality programs to our citizens not just children but for our teens, adults, and even senior adults,” Michelle Bennett-Copeland, Fayette County Library Director said. “The performer’s showcase is very important because it shows that we not only learn about books but through entertainment a collaboration between recreation and learning is born.”
Kimberly Oliver, a librarian from the Clayton County Library System said she was looking for different performers.
“I’m trying to see if there are performers who are offering something a little different than we’ve seen in the past. In the past, we saw a lot of magic shows. I’m trying to see if there is something other than that,” she said.
The showcase featured over two dozen performers with a variety of specialties. Attendees enjoyed a display of music, dance, live animals, cursive writing, and juggling acts.
Windy Ward, Franklin Memorial Library manager, said this was her first time attending the event.
“We are big in our summer reading program performers. It’s nice to see what you want your audience to experience. It’s nice to attend this performer’s showcase. I like it this time of the year rather than in January so we can go ahead and book performers,” she said.
Deri Tyton, Screenwriting Instructor, was one of the performers at the event. He said he looked forward to seeing what other performers had to offer.
“I think this event is important because of the magic of the library. Most people think that the library is just for reading books and magazines or doing research work, but libraries can be fun too. This event brings together individuals who have a working knowledge of puppetry, magic, the world, moon phases, adventure stories, and dance. For me as a screenwriter, teaching how to tell those stories is a really big thing,” he said.
60 people attended the event. For more information about Fayette County Library events, please visit our website www.fayettecountyga.gov