Ohio Youth Services Performers Showcase

Looking for an entertainer for your summer library program, or for a special performance any time of year? The following performers are based in Ohio, or available for bookings in Ohio with modest travel fees.

This listing includes entertainers who have participated in an Ohio Youth Services Performers Showcase event co-hosted by Ohio’s Regional Library Systems and the State Library, plus other entertainers recommended by Ohio public librarians. These professional performers provide entertainment for children 5-12. Some also offer programs for teens, families/all-ages, and others. Inclusion in this listing does not constitute endorsement of specific performers by the State Library of Ohio. Links and information are provided solely for the convenience of libraries.

Please recommend your favorite performers! Email Janet Ingraham Dwyer with each performer’s contact information, and include a brief recommendation to share with other librarians. See the recommendations linked below for examples.

For more performer listings, download the 2020 SLP Performer Information directory produced for the SERLS/COYS Summer Library Program workshop held in January 2020. This directory was researched and compiled by Kelly Cochran, Andy Bartlett, Bridget Dailey, and Marley Krivchenia of Delaware County District Library. It builds on previous work by Connie Pottle (Delaware County District Library), Ashley Mensah (Westerville Public Library), and Karen Bell (Columbus Metropolitan Library), and focuses on performers/presenters who book children’s programs in central Ohio.


Singers, Musicians, Music Creation Programs

Magicians, Jugglers, Illusionists

Theatre, Dance, Art, Puppetry

Science and Animal Programs