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"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."
~ Emilie Buchwald


I've traveled the world twice over,
Met the famous; saints and sinners,
Poets and artists, kings and queens,
Old stars and hopeful beginners,
I've been where no-one's been before,
Learned secrets from writers and cooks
All with one library ticket
To the wonderful world of books.
~ Anonymous



This summer Great Scott will be Rockin’ the Library with the Magic of Reading. This is a fun-tastic program which meshes magic, music and some ventriloquism into a show which your patrons will absolutely adore – young and young at heart alike.

Each year for the past 13 years Great Scott has designed a brand new show just for the libraries. This year he's getting’ the band back together (metaphorically) with a blend of some tried and true crowd pleasers and a few new 2018 CSLP-centric magical routines. It’s a unique new show which will bring plenty of laughter, oohs and aahs. Plus, as always, the show encourages reading and promotes library usage during the performance. Have plenty of magic books ready for check out -- maybe some music books as well.

So, what can you expect from this program? How about amazing magic, very-cool ventriloquism, appropriate mood-setting music, fantastic fun for everyone, and the message of Read, Read, Read –all rolled into a well-designed, professional show for kids and families.

What Responses Can You Expect After One of Scott's Programs?

We were so happy to host you! My director, Trinitie and I agreed that it's the best program we've had in a long time. The kids learned so much and you kept them engaged too. Keep up the good work, and we hope to have you back in the future!

Children's Librarian
Marion Public Library

Thanks for such an excellent show, Scott! We heard nothing but compliments as people left the program and when they went to the library to check out magic books for their children. :)

Amanda Coppedge Bosky
Children's Librarian
Stoughton Public Library

I knew when I met you and then saw you interact with our patrons, you would put on a great show! I heard nothing but fantastic comments from everyone. Thanks for putting on a very entertaining show!

Kelly Kneisler
Weyauwega Public Library

What did you think of his performance and would you hire him again?

ABSOLUTELY!!! Scott is a polished perfectionist who seamlessly includes plugs for reading, books and the library, all the while keeping the audience entranced and laughing. I have hired him, 2 years in a row, which I almost NEVER do with performers. So, yes, he is very good and I wholeheartedly recommend him.

Linda DeCramer
Children’s Librarian
Ripon Public Library

Your patrons won't want to miss this sensational program.

It was Charlie 'Tremendous' Jones who said "You are the same today as you’ll be in five years except for two things, the books you read and the people you meet." How true that is. This show will entertain as it promotes the reading experience. Get ready for a celebration. Stay tuned to this page for more details. Be assured that books will be used to help present some positive and encouraging ideas to children and their parents. Kids will come away from this program having laughed, been amazed and learned some valuable life lessons.

This is going to be a great, fun show filled with
  • Magic
  • Music
  • Ventriloquism
  • Puppets
  • Laughter
  • Plenty of audience participation and involvement
  • The message of Read, Read Read!!
  • Preschool through 12 years old will come away from this experience having had a wonderfully fun time, but they will be carrying seeds of truth inside as well.

    5 Great reasons to invite Great Scott to your library this summer:

    1. Scott's show is an audience pleaser -- guaranteed! (read the testimonials)
    2. Thousands of shows from a full-time performer that understands what you need.
    3. A show that integrates the Every Hero Has A Story theme seamlessly with the magic and fun to promote reading and your library.
    4. Reasonable pricing and block discounts make this program a value.
    5. Laughter. Kids will laugh. Parents will laugh. This is a family-friendly program that truly entertains everyone.
    Children need to experience wonder, to laugh, to dream and to see the potential that is already within them. So, although this is a magic show, the real magic is in the message that will encourage both children and parents to read, and dream big!

    If you are looking for a crowd-pleasing show that delivers a great message of encouragement, this is the one you want to book.

    It's never too early...but don't be too late.

    Call today and reserve your date for summer.


    Each year Scott performs for thousands of children and their parents in libraries throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. Each show is well received and earns comments like this:

    "THANK YOU Scott!! Your program was very enjoyable - I heard a lot of good comments from the patrons! Please keep me informed of any other programs you present - we'd love to have you back here again in the future! Thanks again!"
    Paulette at Johnsburg Public Library

    "Thanks for putting on a terrific show at the Elm Grove Library today! Several audience members commented on how much they enjoyed the show."
    Sue Daniels, Elm Grove Public Library

    "Scott provided the best merger of performer-artistry with the Summer reading program theme that I have ever seen! His presentation was polished, professional, engaging, educational, inspirational, HUMOROUS and involved a great deal of audience participation." (View pictures on facebook)
    Linda -- Ripon Public Library


    "We were so happy with your performance and with the huge crowd we had! I heard one parent say that she laughed until she had tears in her eyes and also heard one little boy repeating the magic words, "Great Scott!" for the rest of the afternoon. Too funny."
    Lynn Hokenstad -- Sturm Memorial Library, Manawa, WI

    You can see a few pictures from this show on the Sturm Memorial Library FaceBook page


    Keep up the Great work! :) Your humor and sense of fun lit up the crowd. I've never seen the kids laugh so hard.

    Betsy Bermant -- Waunakee Public Library


    I received the following note of thanks from Juneau Public Library (View the note here:

    Great Scott,
    Thank you for an engaging, interactive program today. We Appreciated how well you incorporated, not only the reading theme, but the overall importance of libraries and books.
    Connie Schuett


    Comments from past shows:

    "What a delightful show! ... I went shopping in several places around town today and ... Parents and children stopped me to say what a wonderful show it was. It was our best attended show since I have been here (3.5 years …Thanks again for an exciting and entertaining performance! The Library oriented show was very timely, educational and enthusiastic! Kids and adults alike enjoyed the magic, ventroliquism and professional show. Individuals who were there are still coming up to me in town telling me how much they enjoyed the show and wondered how you did some of your tricks (I told them it is a magician's secret). You are indeed talented!"    --Andrea Stallman, Children's Librarian/Event Coordinator Lomira Public Library


    Thank you for your June 21 performance at the Shorewood Library. Your show is very professional. It has a great balance of information, entertainment and humor.

    I received several very positive comments after the program.
       --Heide Piehler, Youth Services Librarian, Shorewood Public Library


    "Thanks you so much for being an integral part of our Summer Reading Program. Everyone enjoyed your program at our library! The kids love Chauncey the dog and crayon trick! You did a great job, and we could tell how much the kids enjoyed your show."
       --Tricia Cox Children's Librarian , Waterford Public Library


    "...two wonderful performances on our summer kick-off day. The children were literally shaking with laughter. I appreciated that you combined many book and library references with the magic and mystery. The approximately 350 children and adults at each show greatly enjoyed your performances..." (See the full letter here)
       --Ann Kriegisch, Children's Services Librarian, Wauwatosa Public Library



    I'm humbled by the words of praise, and am grateful for the opportunity to come and entertain the children and their families at each and every library I've been invited to.


    Read what librarians have said about past programs:

    "Adults loved it, middle schoolers could not stay blase, elementary schoolers were enthralled, even the 4 year olds could tell their mothers about it afterwards."

    "We really appreciate how you integrated the use of libraries and books into the program. So many performers say they have a program that features libraries and the summer theme, when what they really mean is they slipped a few words into a standardized program. You made libraries, books and research the central feature of your presentation. Fantastic! "
       --Michelle Dennis , Clinton Public Library

    Scott Oberman is an extraordinary performer and reading motivator! The performance includes such a wonderful variety of entertainment at just the right pace that captivated all audience ages and kept them wanting more. Scott's magic, stories, jokes and props were amusing and appropriate for all ages. The audience participation was so much fun and the children were very eager to participate and interact with Scott. As the Youth Services Librarian, I really appreciated the wonderful reading motivation incorporated throughout the performance and the correlating summer reading theme. Scott's entertainment more than met my expectations and the community's.
       --Amanda Brueckner, Youth Services Librarian
    Karl Junginger Memorial Library Waterloo, WI


    Your performance at the library was entertaining and educational! We loved how you were able to combine magic and fun with the value of reading! The audience was so excited, and loved every minute of the program. And it was great that you were able to include so many children in your performance! We would love to have you back again!
       --Kara Rosenthal,
    Pauline Haass Public Library
    Sussex, WI


    "I thought you did a great job, especially the way you incorporated "nuggets" of learning, while keeping them engaged in what you were doing"
       --Karen Christianson, Lowell Public Library

    "There were MANY positive comments after the show. Kids told me they had a good time, and parents said they thought it was great. One mom, who speaks more Korean than English, was laughing so hard after the show that she could hardly speak, but she finally was able to say that she and her children had enjoyed the show immensely."
       Ann Piehl -- Whitefish Bay Library

      Humor is a great tool for teaching. And that lesson is not lost in this show. Kids will laugh at the silly antics and be amazed by the wonderful magic.

    The kids LOVED the show! Thanks so much! In case you were wondering, that was an AMAZING turnout..."
    Kelly Jahn -- Neosho Library


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