Library Shows – 2021 Summer Reading Programs

 Hampton Roads Area Magician and children’s entertainer, Earl Long, has once again created an all-new magic program for libraries. “Earl Long’s Safari Tales” is designed to perfectly complement the Summer Reading theme for 2021 “Tails And Tales.” Joining Earl will be Mike the Monkey puppet, Leo the Lion puppet, and Tommy the Toucan puppet. This show will be the highlight of your Summer Reading Program!

     Ranger Earl, your safari guide has already put together tricks, stories and fun with jungle animals and more.  This new show is designed specifically for your library. The show consists of impossible magic tricks and off the wall comedy which are all themed around Jungle Animal Tails with Tales. In addition, the show features lots of audience participation, too. 

Since this is a magic and puppet show for libraries, throughout the show Ranger Earl will also be referencing various children’s books and promoting your library in a fun and entertaining manner. Patrons will CHARGE to the shelves to check out books about JUNGLE ANIMALS, SAFARI ADVENTURES and ZOO ANIMALS once this show APPEARS at your library.


 Naturally, libraries get children of all ages, so Earl’s library program is designed to be suitable for audiences of any age. The program is completely self-contained.

Earl provides everything needed including sound system, backdrop, table, props etc. You just provide the kids!

     If you’ve had Earl at your library before, then you know how popular his shows are. If you haven’t, just schedule Earl for your library this summer and your patrons will tell you themselves!

     You’ll love working with Earl. He is prompt with any necessary paperwork, will call a day early to confirm the show, arrive about one hour before showtime, and bring everything he needs for the show, so there’s no worry or hassles on your part.

     Show Information: “Earl Long’s Safari Tales” is appropriate for children from preschool through age 12. The program runs 45 minutes and is totally self-contained with tables, sound system and backdrop. The only thing you need to provide is an area for the show, such as a meeting room, auditorium, or even right out in the library.

Each Program is Unique and Guaranteed to Entertain your Patrons while encouraging READING! The workshops below can be added on and taught after the magic show or can be booked at another date.

Program and Fees


Earl Long’s Safari Tales

40 – 50 minute Magic and Puppet Show based on this summer’s theme – Fee $425 

Additional presentations of the same program, back to back on the same day in the same location are just $225 each. Additional programs must start within one hour of the end of the first program to qualify for the discount.

Balloon Tisting Workshop

Safari Balloon Twisting Workshop

Balloon Twisting Workshop

60 minutes – Every Child learns, twists and takes home their balloon creations! – Ages 6 and above

Fee $275 (up to 30 kids)  

Also, great for tweens or teenagers!

This can also be booked as a an online workshop. Look what we did for a library this past Christmas season that ran 4 different episodes for 4 weeks. Check out the promo video at


Jungle Juggling Workshop 

60 minutes – This is more fun than you can even imagine!!! In one hour, we will


teach the children how to juggle using scarves and spinning plates and balancing peacock feathers.  Everyone will leave with a solid grasp of the basics of juggling and how to practice at home. 

Ages 6 and above $250 (Up to 25 kids)

Also, great for tweens or teenagers!

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Magic Workshop 

You’ll be delighted as you hear the gasps of amazement and laughter as the children open their magic kits and discover that they can do magic themselves!!!

We will learn to do mentalism, close up and stage magic with money, cards, ropes,


sponge balls, rubber bands and magic wands. This enchanting, fun, and intimate form of teaching is perfect for children grades 3rd and above and every child gets their very own magic tricks specifically designed to teach hand-eye coordination, math & reading skills and most importantly, self-esteem!!! We will go through the magic kit and learn lots of magic tricks! The kids will learn about magic, many magic words and will learn presentation skills. Ages 6 and above – $275 (Up to 25 kids) Also, great for tweens or teenagers!

Something New for this year. Try our New Foam Factory Bubble Foam Party; An OUTDOOR SAFE PARTY EXPERIENCE for kids of all ages. Fee – $325 first hour and $150 each hour after that. Check out

Kids of all ages (including grandparents) will LOVE our microbubble foam!
* We bring the tunes kids love and want to hear!
* Our Foam Factory team sets up, entertains your group and packs it all up after. You can relax and enjoy the party!
* We promise this will be the hit of the summer and you’ll be the hero of all the parents!


If you team up with a neighboring library you can save even more! All you have to do is call a neighboring library and team up with them to host their own program on the same day.


Both libraries will receive an additional $20.00 off the price of the first program. Each library will receive a program and the cost will now only be $405.00 per program!  Both libraries’ shows must be on the same day back to back. 

Summer Reading dates can book up to 15 months in advance. Also, during the summer, the only program available is the ‘summer show’ that was written to correspond with the Summer Reading Theme. Pricing for public libraries is above and as with our school programs, discounts are available for group bookings as well as savings on travel.

I am based in Virginia Beach, VA. I’ve tried to make the travel fees as simple and straightforward as possible. The travel fees listed below include all gas/mileage, food and lodging expenses. I’m happy to tell you that many of my libraries and schools NEVER pay any travel fees! You can also opt-out of paying travel fees by Block Booking! Just call the office and ask how.

Mileage fees for the programs are as follows: Start navigation from 260 Kenley Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Within 25 miles = $0

26-35 miles = $40

36-50 miles = $80

51 – 60 miles = $110

61-75 miles + = $125

76 – 100 Miles = $150

Over 100 miles = $2.00 per mile

Remember that we are willing to waive the mileage fee for your area if you help us schedule more libraries/schools in your area.

“Earl Long’s Reading Show impacted our students by getting them excited about reading. The show was fun, high energy and had a lot of audience participation. It was great for all age groups. His message was to keep reading, learning and growing. It was a very positive message.”
Bethany Jones – Youth Service Librarian – Waynesboro Public Library
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“We loved having Earl Long come and present his Winter Wonder Reading show with magic and puppets. He encouraged us all to read by keeping the audience engaged the whole time. He had something for the kindergartner all the way to the fifth grader. It was a wonderful time being excited about reading. Thanks Earl. We will surly have you back!.”
Ruth Ann McCarthy – Paul Munro Elementary Librarian