1. Contact local performers (when possible)
-Some performers will charge for travel/lodging, if going a long distance
-If this is a “must have” performer, see if you can book the person in conjunction with other library branches or local schools, to share the cost
2. Contact local colleges
- Many colleges have community service hours requirements, use this to your advantage
- Consider student athletes, cheerleaders, mascots, etc.
3. Call around for different quotes
-It may be possible for performers to give you a discount, since it is a library program
4. Make a choice based on more than just price (I know this is a hard one)
- Does the performer seem professional? Do they have a polished website, flyers, or business cards? Does it seem like they are passionate about their craft? Are they enthusiastic?
5. Get written confirmation
-Even if this is performer you have worked with before, it is very important to have a written confirmation
6. Prepare the entertaining space
-What does the entertainer need in order to pull off his/her performance?
-electrical needs, height or space requirements
7. Enjoy your Performance!
-Your patrons are a great resource! Ask parents, teachers, daycare providers, and nannies if they can recommend the type of performmer that you are looking for
-Good performers often book early, especially around the holidays and the summer
-Know the exact date and time of the program (have a back up date if desired date is unavailable)
-Ask about cancellation/reschedule fees
-Give performer the number of kids that you are expecting and the age range
-Ask the performer how many children they can entrain at a time is
-Tell them if you have any preferences about the performance
-Is the performer a part of any guild or special grouping of children's entertainers?
-Ask the performer if there are any specific books that they would like out on display