SELCO Vetted Program Offerings – FY22-23

The list below contains the FY22-23 Vetted Programs.

Program Descriptions can be found via the link next to each presenter’s name. Promotional materials will be sent to libraries as programs are approved. For more information on publicity, clarification of Legacy logo requirements, or assistance with Marketing, please contact Lindsey Larson,

Many presenters 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 program.

If you are interested in being included in our Vetted Catalog, please fill out an application or contact the Legacy 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 Program Poster Templates — All Vetted Posters are fillable PDFs.  If you have any issues, please contact for assistance.

For more information click here


C.H. Armstrong Program Descriptions 

C.H. Armstrong enjoys sharing several programs with learners of various ages. Selected presentations include themes of kindness and courage, publishing your own writings, the Dust Bowl, and writing for kids.

Email:  |  Phone: 507.269.2910

Doubletree Leatherworks

Heather Hill

Doubletree LeatherworksProgram Descriptions

Doubletree Leatherworks with Heather Hill uses real leather and durable hardware to offer a variety of leather crafting classes for beginners. Everybody is capable to learn leather working while creating unique leather goods.

Email: | Phone: 507.459.3546

International Owl Center International Owl CenterProgram Descriptions

International Owl center offers special programs, live owl programs are an exciting way to learn about the environment.

Email: | Phone: 507.896.6957

  Jeffrey Tibbetts Program Descriptions 

During a 3-hour workshop with artist Jeffrey Tibbetts, participants carve a physical representation from a natural material while developing an understanding of aspects of the Ojibwe world view represented in artistic form from the natural elements of the cosmos.

Email:  |  Phone: 218.428.3369

Jen Anfinson Jen Anfinson Program Descriptions 

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

Kelly RadiProgram Descriptions 

Kelly Radi is driven by her desire to empower and improve the lives of others, starting with the basics of healthy communication, positivity and making intentional choices.

Email: | Phone: 320.291.2327

Laura MacKenzie Laura MacKenzie Program Descriptions 

Multi-instrumentalist/Singer Laura MacKenzie has been recognized by the Minnesota State Arts Board as a master folk artist, and has received numerous honors and awards for her work in traditional music. From her Outlander-themed programs to those covering multiple Celtic traditions, Laura’s programs are adaptable for various audiences and are intriguing to both youth and adults.  Laura presents music and lore from Scotland, Ireland, Galicia, and Nova Scotia, plus England, Wales, Central France, Gascony and Belgium on an array of wind-powered instruments including wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, gemshorn, various bagpipes (bellows and blown) and voice.

Email:  |  Phone: 651.398.5055

Mary BleckwehlProgram Descriptions

Author and educator Mary Bleckwehl will talk about the magic of story and other topics.

Email: | 507.581.0970

National Eagle CenterProgram Descriptions 

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

Northern Clay Center – Program Descriptions 

Northern Clay Center’s teaching artists will visit with your choice of a Clay ToGo Workshop or Clay ToGo Artist Demonstration. The workshop introduces attendees to artistic expression through hand-building and decorating their own project in clay, and the demonstration shows the use of the potter’s wheel as a way to create 3D forms in clay.

Email: |  Phone: 612.339.8007

 RAD Zoo – Program Descriptions

Radical Reptile Adventures with the RAD Zoo. We bring turtles, lizards, snakes and a small alligator.

Email: | Phone: 507.455.1465

Salsa del Soul – Program Descriptions 

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:  SJHAYO@MSN.COM|  Phone: 651.263.1613

Siama’s Music Program Descriptions 

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

  The Jolly Pops – Program Descriptions 

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

Will BjorndalProgram Descriptions

My name is Will Bjorndal, and I’m a musician, naturalist, and educator! I grew up in the wonderful little town of Austin, Minnesota, whose committed community helped ignite my love for music. It was also in the woods, prairies, and fields surrounding Austin where my passion for nature began.

Email: | Phone: 507.279.3359

Z Puppets RosenschnozProgram Descriptions

Z Puppets leads people of all ages and abilities into the power of playfulness and feats of imagination through performances and workshops. With a mix of hand-crafted puppetry, live music and quirky humor, they delight children and adults by transforming complex concepts into fun, meaningful arts experiences.

Email: | Phone: 612.724.1435 x2