SELCO Vetted Program Offerings – FY20-21

The list below contains a combination of the FY18-19 and the FY20-21 Vetted Performers. Details for applications will be posted by September 1, 2019.

Performance Descriptions and Press Kit information can be found via the link next to each performer’s name. For more information on publicity, clarification of Legacy logo requirements, or assistance with Marketing, please contact Lindsey Larson,

Many performers will adapt their programs to the audience or will tailor them to tie in with summer reading program themes, holidays, or current events. We encourage you to reach out to them to request such modifications and clarify expectations on both sides when booking a performer.

Do you know someone who might be interested in being included in our Vetted Catalog?  Please share our application  Performer/Program Application for Vetted Catalog.  Catalogs are chosen in odd years and are dependent upon funding.  For more information, please contact Legacy Project Coordinator at

Arranged Alphabetically by First Letter:  A-D  |  E-G  |  I-J  |  K-M  |  N-R | S-Z

Publicity is required for all Legacy funded programs. Libraries are strongly encouraged to use the SELCO provided posters for all Vetted Programs.  If the library chooses to create its own posters and forgo the provided SELCO publicity, the library must have the poster pre-approved by SELCO’s Legacy Project Coordinator.

Vetted Performer Poster Templates — All Vetted Posters are fillable PDFs.  If you have any issues, please contact for assistance.

Arn Kind Great War


Arn Kind  Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

Kind’s historical portrayals present Minnesota history in an exciting and interactive way. Discover Minnesota in the Great War (WWI), the Civil War and more, with authentic costumes and accessories, role-playing audience members, and gain a deeper understanding of Minnesota’s role in history.

Email:  |  Phone: 507.381.0898

Arna Rennen  Arna Rennan Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

Multiple program choices featuring Nordic song and dance and traditional musical instruments. Stories of immigrants, traditions, and folklore appropriate for all ages.

Email:  |  Phone: 218.269.5751

Elisa Korenne Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

Songs and stories about events that are too fascinating for the history books. Elisa focuses her musical storytelling on characters and events from Minnesota’s past, combining musical character studies and narratives with her humor and love for audience participation. Concerts and workshops can be combined into multi-faceted historical events.

Email:  |  Phone: 218.640.2132

Jason Walz Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

Jason Walz is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the creator of the graphic novel series Last Pick, the Eisner-nominated graphic novel Homesick, the online comic anthology Crap Shoot, and several short story comics. His many years teaching in special education continue to shape his life and the stories he wants to tell.

Email:  |  Phone: 612.616.4401

Jen Anfinson Jen Anfinson Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

Multiple creative workshops where participants can create jewelry, learn calligraphic script, construct a fairy garden, learn about gemstones and have their own jewelry examined, or turn books into art.

Email:  |  Phone: 320.282.5531

Jill Kalz – Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

During this one hour program, author Jill Kalz will dive into her 2019 Midwest Book Award finalist, The Winter Bees: Fiction, a collection of interconnected short stories set in a fictionalized version of New Ulm, Minnesota. The audience is welcomed to engage in discussion of characters, setting, and language as they relate to the quiet stories of rural Minnesota.

Email:   |  Phone:

The Jolly Pops – Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

The family music group The Jolly Pops combine upbeat, original music with a host of children’s standards for a concert that is sure to please kids and adults alike. Take a fun ride with the Happy Dads and their puppet friends as they sing about alligator dancing, popsicles, trains, pet dinosaurs…and everything in between!

Email:  |  Phone: 917.676.8635

Lalo’s Lunchbox – Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

Join Lalo and his friends as they handle unpredictable food erupting out of Lalo’s Lunchbox! This family friendly show has sketch comedy, sing-a-longs, and audience participation games that teach about healthy foods and how to be kind to others. This may sound cheesy, but this show’s too “Gouda” to pass up!

Email:  |  Phone: 952.303.1188

Laura MacKenzie Laura MacKenzie Performance DescriptionsPress Kit

“Celtic” can describe music from a number of areas, including Ireland and Scotland, regions of France, Northern Spain, Wales and Nova Scotia. Laura has multiple programs featuring traditional Celtic music and instruments, including wooden flutes and tin whistles, various types of bagpipes (bellows and blown), concertina, and voice. Programs can be adapted to various age and interest groups.

Email:  |  Phone: 651.398.5055

Laura Purdie Salas Laura Purdie SalasPerformance Descriptions — Press Kit

Laura has written more than 125 books for kids, including several award winners. Laura enjoys sharing her love of reading, poetry and writing with students. Her presentations are interactive and appropriate for a wide range of ages. Laura believes that books are pieces of magic, conjured up to entertain us, keep us company, and show us the whole world and she shares that love with her audience.

Email:  |  Phone: 763.494.8498

The Lyceums The LyceumsPerformance Descriptions — Press Kit

Robert and Lynn Halbrook have been performing educationally significant assembly and summer reading programs for elementary schools and libraries throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin since 1998. Strategically weaving entertaining routines with educational messages (benefits of reading, appropriate eating habits, regular exercising habits, bullying, etc.) has become their trademark.

Email:  |  Phone: 218.879.1278

Margi Preus – Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

Margi Preus is the author of the Newbery Honor book Heart of a Samurai, the Minnesota Book Award winning West of the Moon, and The Bamboo Sword, which Bookpage called “historical fiction at its best.”  Two new titles, Village of Scoundrels (Abrams/Amulet) and The Littlest Voyageur (Holiday House) are forthcoming in 2020. When not writing, Margi enjoys traveling, speaking, and visiting schools all over the world.

Email:  |  Phone: 218.348.8674

Minnesota Zoomobile Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

Presentation-style program using live animals, biological artifacts, and theater techniques. Zoomobile programs create a dynamic, personal and fun experience for people of all ages. The goal of all Zoomobile programs is to inspire a respect and a sense of stewardship for all life on earth.

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Email:  |  Phone: 952.431.9228

National Eagle Center National Eagle CenterPerformance Descriptions — Press Kit

Learn all about eagle biology, ecology, natural history and cultural connections, the program will be presented by a naturalist interpreter and features a live eagle ambassador. Cameras are welcome. The National Eagle Center is a world-class interpretive center located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha, MN. It is home to five rescued eagles, four bald eagles and one golden eagle.

Email:  |  Phone: 651.565.4989

Salsa del Soul – Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

Salsa del Soul’s Quartet is a Twin Cities-based band comprised of members from their nine-piece orchestra. They perform various styles of dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean. Salsa del Soul was formed with the purpose of providing great dance music for Minnesota Salsa fans. The musicians of Salsa del Soul represent some of the finest talents in the Twin Cities Latin music scene. The styles of music they perform include Son, Son Montuno, Plena, Cha-cha-cha, Bachata, Timba, and, of course, Salsa!

Email: |  Phone: 651.263.1613

Siama's Music Siama’s Music Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

Congolese guitarman Siama toured the world and recorded hundreds of radio hits from 1971-95. Now based in Minneapolis, his music combines elements of traditional Congolese music and sounds from East African dance floors and he adds familiar elements from Delta Blues and even reggae and calypso. He can tailor his program for any age group. He enlisted songwriter Dallas Johnson to make the programs super engaging and interactive. Together, they tell Siama’s stories about growing up in rural Congo and everyone’s encouraged to play African hand percussion and to sing along in Kikongo, Swahili and Lingala.

Email: |  Phone: 612.819.8881

Troy Flemming Troy Flemming Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

Troy is a lifelong professional musician and private music instructor. A master fingerstyle guitarist and a world class alpine yodeler, his energetic and entertaining shows use humor and personal stories to connect with his audience. His shows are appropriate for all ages.

Email:  |  Phone: 952.758.7522

Wonder Weavers WonderWeavers Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

Travel the world with these storytellers! Visit many different lands and share stories from people all around our amazing planet, blast off for an intergalactic adventure, sing and play along in an interactive show featuring puppets and props; or join us for a workshop and learn to create stories or discover them from your own life. Appropriate for all ages.

Email:  |  Phone: 952.934.4194

YogaQuest YogaQuest Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

The original YogaQuest class is unlike any yoga class you have experienced before! It is a unique blend of yoga and fan-fiction story-telling. Your quest is guided by a narrator and a certified yoga instructor, as the class embarks on an epic, and often ridiculous, journey through a popular fandom. Move through the story by following a yoga routine designed to improve strength, balance, and flexibility. Upper elementary age and up. Pose nerdy with us!

Email:  |  Phone: 612.616.5782