The Southern Prairie Library System has scheduled “the how I learned to juggle at my library show” featuring magician and juggler, Ann Lincoln. This will be the library’s next program in the 2016 Summer Library Reading Program, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read.”
This program is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Altus Public Library and should last about an hour.
Lincoln began honing her craft in 1982 when she first taught herself to juggle with lemons and limes. She auditioned for Scarborough Faire, a Texas renaissance festival, and received a standing ovation and “best character” award for her performance as King Henry’s court jester. She had found her calling and has now been a full-time professional entertainer for more than 25 years, often performing as many as five shows a day.
Lincoln’s goals as an entertainer are to be memorable, genuine, dynamic and unique. Her role models include Ellen DeGeneres, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, David Copperfield and P.T. Barnum.
She has performed all over the country and regularly travels across her home state of Colorado, performing her original shows several times a day. Her history of Denver-area performances includes the People’s Fair, A Taste of Colorado, Aurora Kid’s Spree, Heritage Square, and three seasons at Elitch Gardens Amusement Park. In addition, she has done literally thousands of shows at libraries, schools, and daycares, as well as company and private parties.
Lincoln’s television and film credits include ABC, PBS, the Disney Channel, Animal Planet, 9 News, Colorado and Company, Extreme Home Makeover and the comedic lead in the movie spoof “Jayne’s World.”
Her shows contain contemporary standup comedy, expert juggling and circus skills, magic involving birds, bunnies and audience members and sometimes includes Lincoln juggling two bowling balls while eating an apple. Her unique act engages all of the senses. The audience smells the fire being eaten, feels the weight of bowling balls being juggled and hears the coo of her magical dove. They also talk about the show they have just seen for weeks to come – not to mention that there will be a bunny petting after the show.
Lincoln’s performance is funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services or IMLS administered through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.
On July 5, the Altus Public Library is planning a Pictionary game night for teens and “tweens” starting at 6 p.m. This program is for children ages 11 to 17. Join this outrageously fun charades game. Refreshments will be served.
For more information about this performance or the rest of the summer library program activities, contact the library at 580-477-2890 or check their Facebook page: Southern Prairie Library System.