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Sam the Turtle, Hyena the Chicken and Mr. Barry strut their ANIMAL TALES in an all new magic, storytelling, and puppets summer reading program. It’s frolicking fun from, a follically-challenged turtle, a fluffy feathered fowl and a bald guy. We are all about animals and laughs in 2021. It’s time to get your tail in gear before our calendar becomes a tale of unavailability.



It’s A Reading Thing
Mr. Barry is inventing a machine that reads! If it works, the “Reading THING,” will do all his reading. As he assembles the new THING, he will be inspired by classic creators like Dr. Seuss and Rube Goldberg. Sam the Turtle & Hyena the Chicken will be there to keep him OFF track. After all, no one wants a machine to take away the fun of reading. It’s magic, puppets, funny stuff & a secret laboratory of wacky wonders. The program is 43 minutes. Recommended for K-5. Available NOW!

Virtual Show Delivery Options
You choose the option that works best for your school.
A. Digital Download
You may download the entire mp4 file to put on your website or upload in the preferred manner for your needs. The content may remain viewable for one month after posting.

B. Private Link
We can provide a private link to the show on our Vimeo site. You may share the link with your students whenever you’re ready.

C. Facebook Live Event
Secure a time on our calendar and give us temporary editor status for your Facebook Page. We upload the show live on your page and interact with viewers within the comments during the show.

Your school or library is purchasing the rights to present the show content in the best option for you. The content may be available for one month after original airing. Only one school or library per license fee. Library system prices are available. We welcome questions.

North Buncombe Elem – Weaverville, NC
Dixie Magnet Elem – Lexington, KY
Veterans Park Elem – Lexington, KY
Glendover Elem – Lexington, KY
Clinton-Macomb Library – Clinton Township, MI
Garrett Morgan Elem – Lexington, KY
Kingston Frontenac Library – Kingston, ON Canada
McLean County Library – Livermore, KY
Ragland Library – Ragland, AL
Yates Elem – Lexington, KY

Coffee County, Tullahoma, TN
McCracken County, Paducah, KY

JUNE 2021
June 1 – Livermore, KY & Scottsville, KY
June 2 – Rogersville, TN
June 3 – Smith Co, TN
June 4 – Centre, AL
June 7 – Mosheim, TN
June 8 – LaFayette, GA
June 8 – Chickamauga, GA
June 8 – Rossville, GA
June 9 – Shelbyville, TN
June 10 – Smithville, TN
June 14 – Tifton, GA Facebook Live

June 15 – Tazewell, TN

June 2021 Continued
June 18 – Maynardville, TN
June 21 – Somerset, KY & Whitley City, KY
June 24 – Georgetown & Lebanon, KY
June 25 – Savannah, TN

June 29 – Pigeon Forge, TN
June 30 – Linden & Lobelville, TN


JULY 2021
July 1 – Greensboro, GA
July 7 – Pell City, AL

July 7 – Ragland, AL
July 8 – Trenton, GA
July 9 – Columbiana, AL
July 12 – Oak Ridge, TN
July 14 – Jasper, TN & East Ridge, TN
July 15 – Vestavia Hills, AL
July 22 – Princeton, KY

JULY 2021

What do Librarians Really Think?
After each program in 2019, librarians received an anonymous email survey. Here are a few of the comments for the question,
“What did you like/dislike about the program?”

“From start to finish, our audience was engaged. They loved the suspense when the evil aliens were about to be discovered. The parents told us how much they enjoyed it, too.”

“Barry’s timing is spot on and has a very good understanding of what makes kids (and adults) laugh. I cannot honestly think of anything I did not enjoy.” 

“Very entertaining! The humor spans all ages, so it kept the adults entertained as well! The facts about scientists, astronauts, and space was a nice touch. No complaints/dislikes”

“I loved how Mr. Barry had books there based on the theme and how he talked about reading. He promoted the theme more than any other performer we’ve had. There was nothing to change or improve on.”

We hope to inspire even nicer reviews after the 2020 Fire Up Your Imagination programs. Thanks to all who have made all this fun possible . . . the librarians.

Listen To Librarians About the 2019 Program

Listen To Librarians About the 2018 Program