Dear Library Staff,
Right now, we need ways to connect, and nothing does that like music – even on-line!
My name is Dan Robinson, and I've performed music for communities of all kinds for over 25 years. I would love to share music that inspires and brings people together with your library community.
After a recent on-line performance of my program, "Touring the Badger State," Wendy Rosenow at the Shawano County Library wrote:
“Dan transported us around our state from lakes to rivers and towns in between. He beautifully chose music from many artists to portray his stories. Humorous and poignant snippets of Wisconsin lore and history was relayed to our viewers in a one-hour concert that flew by!”
If you’re interested in talking with me about a performance, please click the link below, which will take you to my website where you'll find information on a variety of programs I offer, including the “Touring the Badger State” performance mentioned above. Or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have.
I know times are tough for library budgets, so I want to make these performances as affordable as possible. My suggested costs are $65 for a 30 minute program and $90 for a 60-minute program, but let me know if that’s a financial strain and we’ll work something out.
Thanks for considering this, and I hope we get a chance to connect. Until then, stay safe!
Check out the latest form Mike Schneider of Pint Size Polkas:
I hope you had a great summer despite the unusual circumstances!
If you are in need of a fun off-season program any time between now and April 30, 2021, I’m offering a standardized version of my prerecorded virtual show for just $50 per library for reservations made between now and September 30, 2020! If you’d like to host a live stream or in-person event, please contact me for a free quote. My shows are filled with polka music, magic and comedy, making a great fit in September and October for Oktoberfest season; January for National Polka Month; or any time some spirit-lifting fun is in order.
If you’re looking ahead to summer 2021, I have some big excitement in store for the “Tales and Tails” reading theme. We’ll have some musical fun with Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox; talk a little bit about chickens and do the ever-popular “Chicken Dance;” and learn about Able and Baker, the first monkeys to successfully return to Earth after spaceflight. Whether you need an in-person show (inside or out) or will be going all virtual in 2021, I would be thrilled to bring some musical joy back to the good people of Green Bay! Please visit www.pintsizepolkas.com/library for details and a brief showcase video.
Would you be interested in including my Pint Size Polkas show in your 2020-21 programming plans? Please let me know at your earliest convenience.
Thank you as always for your consideration, and wishing you all the best in these turbulent times.
P.S. Check out my “Scrub, Scrub, Scrub (COVID-19 Edition)” MP3 song and music video (below).
If your young patrons need a little extra encouragement in the hand washing department, hopefully this will help. Thank you!
Hi! Does the library get into any fall outdoor concerts for your community / patrons?
18 year old Fond du Lac resident Christian Strutz has had some recent interest and success with bringing live guitar/singing music to libraries this summer, and is making LIVE MUSIC a possibility by offering outdoor concerts for libraries at an affordable price. Outdoor concerts are the perfect alternative to working around COVID concerns, we have found.
Some examples of August library concerts he has coming up include performances in the library courtyard/lawn, another right on the town’s Main Street, and yet one more in a city park (Baylis Park in Council Bluffs, IA) that is open to the entire city! All great opportunities to offer these in-person programs while still allowing social distancing features for the audience by being outdoors.
Christian is a wonderful songwriter, singer, and guitar player. He reached recent local “fame” with a song he wrote for graduating seniors entitled “Class of 2020,” that featured a heart-wrenching song about struggling through his senior year in quarantine. It caught the attention of area newspapers, as well as CBS and NBC news channels in Green Bay who both did news pieces on his song/work. These news clips can be seen on his www.christianstrutz.com web site.
Pint Size Polkas is available for virtual programming this summer, whether you’re looking for a live stream event or something that’s prerecorded and personalized for your patrons. Mike would be glad to take questions and answer them during the course of my presentation. People are often very curious about the accordion and polka music, two important parts of our Wisconsin musical story!
For your adult patrons, Pint Size Polkas offers an educational and entertaining program on the History of Polka Music, and would be very happy to answer any questions they might have, as well.
As an itinerant storyteller and folksinger, Adam Miller has performed live concerts in more than 2,000 libraries in 48 states. In April, he received the Storytelling World Resource Award for his non-fiction story, Woody Guthrie: When the World’s on Fire.
Adam is coming out our way this spring. Please let him know if you’d be interested in scheduling a program at your library while he's in town. Adam has a popular program of Folksongs of the Great Lakes. And he have a program of Folksongs of the First World War for the Memorial Day holiday.
For a complete list of Adam Miller's many programs for libraries, please visit his website at
Adam's fee is $450 for one 60 - 90 minute sing-along program. There are no additional costs. He brings his own sound system. Click here for his brochure.
Debra Morningstar is an enrolled member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of WI–Turtle Clan. As a professional storyteller and cultural presenter for the past 26 years, she has performed in schools, libraries, festivals and conferences across the US and Canada.
Her collection of Native American stories called “Tales From the Lodge” was nominated for a NAMA award in 2009.
Debra artfully weaves Native flute, drum, and song into her entertaining and thought-provoking performances. She is available for Keynotes, Festivals, Museums, Libraries & Conferences.
Looking for a fun, musical and magical way to celebrate our universe in 2019? Uncle Mike's music will have your patrons of all ages singing, clapping, and dancing along to such classics as the "Chicken Dance" and "The Happy Wanderer," and learning exciting new songs like "The Flying Machine Polka," all of which tie into 2019's Universe of Stories theme.
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