2023 Virtual Performers Showcase


Get a jump start on plans for your summer reading program!  The 2023 Performers Showcase, presented by the WLA Youth Services Section, will connect performers with members of the Wisconsin library community through live virtual demonstrations and marketing materials offered by magicians, puppeteers, storytellers, musicians, and anyone who presents library programs for children, youth, teen, and family audiences.   

This Zoom event will give you the chance to:

  • Sample performances from a variety of library performers who offer entertaining and educational public programs for children, teens, and families.
  • Interact with performers in live Q & A sessions after each demonstration.
  • Communicate with other attendees through the conference app - a great way to connect with other libraries that may be interested in partnering with you to bring a performer to your area.

Can’t attend the live virtual event? A recording of the showcase will be available to registered attendees for 60 days after the event.  A digital directory of performers will be made available to attendees for future reference.  

Registration is $20 for WLA members, $40 for non-members. 

Group Discounts
Learn together and save!  Discounts are available for individuals from the same institution (individual library) attending together. 

  • 3 - 9 attendees = 10% off total registration
  • 10 - 14 attendees = 15% off total registration
  • 15-19 attendees = 20% off total registration

Group registrations must be made using the downloadable registration form. Additional instructions can be found on the form




Confirmed Presenters as of 11/22/2023 (Additional performers will be included in the directory shared with all participants)

Ajanta - Indian Dances & Cultural Stories
Dan Gogh's Magic and Art!
David HB Drake/Songs for All Seasons
David Landau
David Stokes Frog Chorus/Animal Adventure
Dazzling Dave - National Yo-Yo Master
Duke Otherwise
Fox & Branch
Getting Excited About Science
Historic Voices
Juggler with the Yellow Shoes, The
Kelvin Saline
Mad Science of Milwaukee
Magic Village Show
Mammoth Hunter, The
Mark Hayward - Comedy Yo-yo Guy
Micah Sommersmith
Miller and Mike Comedy Juggling Extravaganza
Milwaukee Steve - The Musical Juggler
Mischief & Magic
Mr. Pickles
Paul Merklein
Randy Peterson, musician
Smarty Pants/The Big Balloon Show
Snake Discovery/Snake Rattle & Roll
Spoon Man/Jim Cruise, The
Stuart Stotts, Singer and Storyteller
Wendy and DB