SELCO Vetted Program Offerings – FY18-19

The list below contains our current Vetted Performers. SELCO Member Libraries may apply for up to three programs for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. Applications must be received by May 31, 2019 for FY19 programs.  Programs must occur before August 31, 2019.

The three programs may be selected from any of the offerings below, in any combination. 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 in creating materials see Communication Services or contact Communication Specialist Jennifer Harveland at

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, Amy Nelson 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.

African DrummingAfrican Drumming Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

The drum is perhaps the oldest instrument in the world and one of the earliest means of communication as it derives from our very own heart beat. When we think of Africa, we often think of drumming. Mr. Sosthenes Kwesi Nunyapke, or “Uncle Kwesi” was born in Ghana and raised in Togo with parents from both countries. He moved to the U.S. in 1966 and has been teaching African drumming for decades. In this vibrant class, students will learn about drums such as the kenkeni, sangba, dun dun and djembe. With as many as 30 drums available to him, Kwesi ensures each student a hands-on lesson in traditional African drumming which will resonate within each student for years to come.

Email:  |  Phone: 612.220.9962

Arn Kind Great WarArn 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 RennenArna Rennen  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

CLIMB TheaterCLIMB Theatre – Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

This interactive play, perfect for kids from preschool to 8 years old, combines classic fable characters with fun games. Tales include: The Ant and the Grasshopper, Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Mouse, Anansi the Spider, Raven and Grandmother Mouse, and The Elves and the Shoemaker.


Email:  |  Phone: 651.453.9275  Ext. 12

Eagle Bluff – STARLABPerformance Descriptions — Press Kit

The STARLAB program features an inflatable planetarium to showcase 3,000 stars of different colors and sizes, as well as the constellations. Whether it’s telling the stories behind the stars or focusing on the stars of the seasons, this program is great for all ages and addresses Minnesota K-8 academic standards. *Please note, STARLAB’s planetarium can hold no more than 60 students at a time. Because of this restriction, SELCO allows for 3 STARLAB programs at the same location on the same day for one Vetted Program.*

Email:  |  Phone: 507.467.2437

Elisa Korenne  Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

Songs and stories about characters and events that are too fascinating for the history books. Since moving to Minnesota from New York City, Elisa has focused her sharp musical storytelling on characters from Minnesota’s past. They inspire audiences with musical character studies and narratives that feature Elisa’s warm, rich voice, and are interspersed with Elisa’s characteristic humor and love for audience participation. Concerts and workshops can be combined into multi-faceted historical events.

Email:  |  Phone: 218.640.2132

Emma Lea BlankEmma Lea Blank  Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

Multiple program options including Silly Songs for preschoolers and musical performances that are appropriate for all ages.



Email:  |  Phone: 608.406.0044

Global GamesGlobal Games Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

Global Games teaches about the fun side of world cultures as students are introduced to a variety of toys and games from different countries. We begin with a presentation and demonstration of each of the toys. Volunteers are chosen and almost immediately show how easy they are to play and experience success. Of course, there’s plenty of time for everyone to play, or even give everyone a chance to show off what they’ve learned through featured mini performances of their own! Global Games helps kids develop skills and build self esteem while gaining new respect for world cultures.

Email:  |  Phone: 612.220.9962

International Owl CenterThe International Owl Center Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

Choose from a variety of live owl programs are an exciting way to learn about the environment. Family-friendly programs featur-ing a real live owl to teach us about these amazing creatures. We will learn what’s so special about owls, their behaviors, and why they do not make good pets. Programs must be indoors in a generally insect-proof building due to the risk of the West Nile Virus.


Email:  |  Phone: 507.896.6957

Jason HunekeJason HunekePerformance Descriptions — Press Kit

Jason’s original comedy and juggling are what sets him apart from the rest. Clean enough for kids, smart enough for adults, and edgy enough for teens and young adults. From Las Vegas to Minneapolis, Jason has performed his G-rated comedy show at large and small venues in every major US city. Companies such as Harley Davidson, Disney, Bayer, Pfizer and Hormel all agree – Jason’s live show rocks!

Email:  |  Phone: 612.666.7217

Jen AnfinsonJen 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

Jim JayesJim Jayes Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

Jim Jayes has been entertaining children of all ages for over 30 years. The show will feature marionettes and puppets, each with their own personality and story, and magic tricks that will amaze and delight young audiences. In 1997, Jim moved to the Austin, Minnesota area where he lives with his wife Cindy and their two daughters.


Email:  |  Phone: 507.438.8309

Laura MacKenzieLaura MacKenzie Performance Descriptions — Press Kit

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

Email:  |  Phone: 651.398.5055

Laura Purdie SalasLaura 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 LyceumsThe 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

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.


Email:  |  Phone: 952.431.9228

National Eagle CenterNational 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

Siama's MusicSiama’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: 612.220.9962

Troy FlemmingTroy 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 WeaversWonderWeavers 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

YogaQuestYogaQuest 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