For this month's Book Club we read Graceling, by Kristin Cashore. It’s the story of Katsa, and her coming of age and becoming her own person, breaking free of outside controlling influences.
As a quick, light read, I enjoyed the book; not immensely, but enough that I might recommend i
We finally had book club again last night! We had to skip a month because not everyone could get their hands on a copy of "Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. We had a fairly low turnout, I blame the fact that spring break is next
My book club met on Tuesday night after some small confusion about which house we were going to be meeting in. The woman that was going to host had sick kids, so it had to be moved to another nearby household. I think perhaps this book resonated with most of the other women in the book club more tha
The question of storytime came up on one of the list-servs I follow, and I felt that the answers were well worth sharing. The question was “What is the best format for storytime?” The main concern was, how do we keep the children engaged during the entire storytime.
My favorite answe
My ladies book club got together this week...it was supposed to be last week, but there were too many sick kids, and none of us wanted to pass it around. The book for the month of October was very appropriately, Dracula.
We showed up on a very snowy night to a house filled with the scent
In November 2012 I traveled around the country with The Kilted Man - Matthew Gurnsey - as he toured the southern United States. While we were out and about I interviewed librarians at a number of the libraries where he performed.
Here is the first video in a series as we talk with libra
I think I’ve said before, that I don’t often get to actually go to the shows that we schedule for our performers, but when they’re nearby I try to get out and be supportive. This time I got to take a trip up to Cheyenne and visit the Laramie County Public Library.
They have a beautiful
One of our long-time artists,
Matthew Gurnsey, The Kilted Man
had his house burn down just before Thanksgiving. Matthew, in addition to being one of our original and most popular artists, is also our graphic designer and creates the wond
I love it when artists that we work with come to town. It's a great opportunity to get to know them, their goals, and their work on a more personal level. Last night I had the opportunity to see Storyteller Brian Rohr perform live at Karma Yoga in Denver. It was a show performed to an intimate crowd
Book Reviews: Dragon Precinct & Unicorn Precinct by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Dragon Precinct & Unicorn Precinct, published by Dark Quest Books, are the first two books in a series, by Keith R.A. DeCandio, the third of which, Goblin Precinct, is set to come out in the spring.
I have to say one of the nicest parts of my job is that I get to see performances by our performers when they come through Colorado. Today I was able to see a performance by Terra Taylor Knudson. She was presenting her Bardy Women: Wild Women i
This is the text of the letter from the lovely librarian over at the Fort Lupton Public & School Library.
April 10, 2012
I have been so pleased with the two performers we have had from Unbound Booking for our library programs at the Fort Lupton Public &
Matthew Gurnsey, The Kilted Man
, performed at the Spanish Peaks Library
on Friday May 4th to the delight of the children and adults at the library. A group of about 40 children of varying ages assembled a
High End Fundraisers
Dinner & A Show:
This was a fundraiser that Unbound Booking helped with a few years ago. The library rented out a winery and sold tickets at about $50 each for a wine tasting, dinner, and a performance by one of our artists (The Muses). The event sold out,
Fundraising for Libraries – Part 4 (because you asked for it ☺ )
Seeking community sponsorship – Community Groups
You became a librarian because you like books, or you like organizing things, or for any other of a dozen reasons. Ten to one, you didn’t become a libraria
In all of these blog posts on fundraising I neglected to mention one very important fact. Unbound Booking can help you plan a fundraiser for your library! Many Friends of the Library groups around the country raise money by having concerts and selling tickets. We have a number of fantastic bands lis
Fundraising Ideas - a Three Part Series
We all need more money, and more creative ways of coming up with money. In talking to librarians across the country, this is a huge topic, and has been for several years. I am in the process of creating a workshop for library conventions ab
Working with performers and libraries, I occasionally hear horror stories about a performer not showing up when they are scheduled. Thankfully thus far, with an ever-growing population of artists for Unbound Booking, this has only happened to us twice. Usually our performers arrive at the venue betw
Fundraising Ideas Part 2 of 3
In searching for information on fundraising I came across a great presentation from Infopeople. It looks like originally it was a webinar, but you can download the PowerPoint presentation where they cover some of the fundamentals of fundraising, as wel
There are a number of ways to go about seeking community sponsorship in your area. In the last post I listed several community organizations that you can contact or apply to for a donation of funds. This post will touch on businesses you can contact to try and receive in-kind donations of products
Here are a few nice things librarians are saying about us.
What a pleasure I’ve had browsing! You’ve done a terrific job - Unbound Booking makes this so easy for me!
-Lynne "Asha" Golliher-Community Relations Specialist, Ellenville Public Library & Museum
I began working with Unbound Booking in 2011 on behalf of the Anderson County Library System and its Friends group in South Carolina. We booked the talents of two of their storytellers/musicians, Kerry Grombacher
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I have said, any number of times how much I enjoy the opportunity to see our performers perform in person. I had the great pleasure of seeing Ken Waldman
present in and host a variety show at Swallow Hill Music last night in Denver. Ken
There has been quite a bit going on here at Unbound Booking in the past few months!
Since November, I and various members of the Unbound Booking team have been working haphazardly at any location that would have us…including spending inordinate amounts of
, one of our great celtic groups forwarded this letter that they received from a happy librarian.
Dear Julia and Fred,
I just wanted to take a minute and thank you for the lovely performance you delivered. W
We recently received this letter from the Longmont Public Library and wanted to share it with all of you.
March 22, 2013
For all of you who book musical performances for your library -- I highly recommend you make Jessica Brawner with Unbound Booking
We left for Arizona, the first leg of the tour on Halloween. To get into the spirit of the season I downloaded Dracula from Audible.com for the drive. I didn’t quite get to finish it, but it’s a wonderful book. Fourteen hours in the car is a very long drive, but western Colorado is beautiful, as
A number of our artists are preparing special programs for this year's Sumer Reading Program. We will highlight the different programs here. If you have questions, or are interested in scheduling any of them for your library, please don't hesitate to contact us!
So, as it turns out, I’m really bad about blogging every day! I’ll break this into a few segments and try to catch up!
We moved on from Flagstaff to Holbrook, AZ. I’ve worked with Wendy, the librarian in Holbrook, a number of times to bring great performers out to this small town in
Leaving Nogales, Arizona on Thursday morning, very early, we drove for 9 hours to Fort Stockton, TX. Matthew had a performance on Thursday evening at 7pm at the Fort Stockton Public Library. Elva Valdez, the director of the library is a delightful woman, and due to an unusual and very generous beque
We're still out here on the road. On Monday Matthew had a show at the mid County regional library in Port Charlotte Florida. We had over 150 people show up to the show, which is double what they were expecting. It was a standing room only show! The librarian, Bill, was thrilled.
We finished up the last two shows of the tour at the Washington County Public library in La Grange, KY, and the Laurel County Public library in London, KY. Both shows went really well, one of them was almost standing room only! This entire tour it has been really great to finally meet the librarians
December has been a whirlwind of a month! I have hardly had time to catch my breath between holidays. We've received applications from several new artists, so keep an eye on the website for some new faces. In addition, we are putting the final touches on the new office/house. (Many of you may rememb
Here is a collection of some of the great Valentine's Day programs that our artists offer. Please visit our Calendar Page
to see if they will be in your area.
Sonny & Perley
Here are some great St. Patrick's Day programs from our artists. To see if they will be in your area, please check the Calendar Page
on our website.
We’ve added two great new performers to the website this month (and we’re still working on getting schedules up for each of them)
Kerry Patrick Clark
is a guitarist based in Ohio. A musical Norman Rockwell, his palette is a simple 12-note scale, a 6-string guitar and one voice
We've posted two more videos in our video interview series. We are still looking for topics and folks to talk to, so if you either have a topic, or would like to be interviewed, or both, please contact us at email@example.com
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