The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

February 1, 2013

Take your child to the library day

Juggling, balloon magic, using books to learn


MIRANDA BAINES

TARBORO — Juggling and magic tricks are on tap for Groundhog Day at the Edgecombe County Memorial Library, at 909 Main St. in Tarboro.

Paul Miller of Flow Circus will give a show at 10 a.m. Saturday in observance of national “Take Your Child to the Library Day.” Miller’s program, which is free of charge to community members, is called “read yourself silly.”

“It tells the story of how a trip to the library led me to learn how to juggle,” Miller said. “What we want kids ultimately to do is think about what they’re interested in and use books to learn about them…The library’s a great place.”

The show will include a five-ball juggling routine and balloon magic.

“There’s a lot of audience participation, for kids as well as adults,” Miller said. “It’s a family show.”

Flow Circus had a contest offering a free show to a library within driving distance of Raleigh for “Take Your Child to the Library Day,” and Carol Hayes, youth services coordinator for the library, won the contest.

“He [Miller] has been out and done a program with us before. He’s very funny,” said Brian Everett, reference employee at the library. “He puts on a great show. We’re looking forward to it.”

Miller is a self-taught juggler and performance artist. The bio on his website, www.flowcircus.com, lists his influences as silent film masters Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin and physical stand-up comics Steve Martin and Robin Williams. Paul has toured his solo-show,  “Just Paul,” across the United States, including off-Broadway performances and Disney Cruise Lines. Miller founded Flow Circus in 1999 with a mission of promoting “active learning and play through the juggling arts.”

Hayes said she would like to see 100 children at Saturday’s program, which encourages literacy and supports the library. Her hope is that getting children excited about reading at a young age will help keep them in school.

“Reading can be fun,” Hayes said. “Reading can take you anywhere. If you can read and comprehend what you’re reading, you can do anything.”

Hayes did 64 story times for children in the month of January and had 1,070 attendees. She is already gearing up for the library’s primary program for children – the summer reading program.