Amazing School Assembly Programs

Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program Shows that are Magical, Interactive, Age-Appropriate, Laugh-Filled, and FUN!!

 If you are looking for no-hassle Summer Reading Program library programs that motivate your young guests to check out more books, then this is going to be the most exciting website you’ll ever visit!  Presenter/Magician/Author & Library Show Performer Cris Johnson offers an amazing series of themed library shows on topics that are GUARANTEED to draw in more guests to your library!

For nearly 20 years, Cris has presented fun and entertaining themed library programs to clients all across North America. Check out what one of Cris Johnson’s clients had to say about his shows:

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“We have Cris Johnson perform his Summer Reading Magic Show at our library every year. We LOVE him!!! His family programs are age-appropriate and he keeps the kids engaged. He includes lots of audience participation and best of all, he ALWAYS refers back to the importance of reading. He is the BEST!”

Gwen Cassidy, Youth Services Librarian
Lancaster Public Library
Lancaster, NY

Using a combination of music, magic, age-appropriate humor and interactive fun, Cris guarantees your guests will be captivated from beginning to end!

Cris understands kids and, perhaps more importantly, knows how to relate to them. His squeaky clean, age-appropriate humor and amazing magic skills help keep kids focused on the theme of his presentation. Each of Cris’ library shows are carefully structured with ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ designed to keep his audiences riveted from beginning to end.

All of Cris’ programs use a ton of audience participation to get as many children involved as possible and he will even have several kids join him on stage.

Cris Johnson books a full summer each year and in recent years has to turn away many shows due to the full schedule. He has performed for clients all over the United States, often returning to the same libraries and schools year after year as the highlight of the programming season. Most librarians book Cris for either the big Grand Opening or the spectacular closing event, since his shows are so popular.

Librarians trust Cris to always put on a great fun show that emphasizes books. He uses lots of audience participation and has been widely acclaimed for his wonderful understanding of and interaction with children. Cris has motivated, inspired, and entertained audiences of all ages for nearly 20 years. He’s also written many books for presenters dealing with how to become better presenters, how to theme their shows and much more.

Below is information on Cris’ “The Goofy Kooky Magic & Music Show,” which is designed to promote the 2018 Summer Reading Program Theme of “Libraries ROCK!” Be sure to check back around the fall of 2018 to see what he has created for the 2019 theme!

The Goofy Kooky Magic & Music  Show!2018 SRP

This fun library show features magic involving music, dancing, trivia, and lots more. Cris Johnson has created an exciting and wonderful show just right for children and their parents who love to come to the library.

Magic, audience participation, music, and even a hilarious segment with The Great Race will fascinate everyone. Cris’ long solid experience in performing library magic shows all over New York give him the expertise to present a truly strong presentation. Kids and parents alike are always amazed at his magic, overjoyed at his humor and enlightened by his educational stories. PLUS each child attending your library’s show will receive a FREE custom-designed magic trick!!

He lets children participate in a way that means fun for everyone. As always, Cris’ shows are interactive, so children get to help create the magic all along the way! The Goofy Kooky Magic & Music Show is 40-45 minutes long, highlights books and reading, is suitable for ages 4-12 and entertaining for parents as well as children. As always, Cris’ show is self-contained. He arrives early and he brings everything he needs, including a table, props, equipment, and a professional sound system.

Email Cris for full details!

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In addition to his custom summer reading program show, Cris also offers other themed shows for libraries including:

halloweenthumbnail“Spooky Magic”  A Fun-Filled Family Halloween Magic Show!

For any group that enjoys the innocent fun of Halloween, this is the perfect show for your event! Click HERE for more details!

ChristmasMagicThumbnail“Christmas Magic” – A Fun-Filled Family Christmas Magic Show!

In “Christmas Magic”, school assembly presenter and magician Cris Johnson presents fun magic tricks wrapped up in holiday cheer, and tied with a comedy ribbon! Click HERE for more details!


“I Love to Read” – A Fun-Filled, All-Purpose Reading Appreciation Library Show!

A Fun-Filled, All-Purpose Reading Appreciation Library Show! Perfect for children 5-12 and any fun-loving adults! Click HERE for more details!

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“A Cat and a Hat” – A Wacky Seuss-Themed Library Program

Kids help Horton HATCH an egg, turn a green cloth into Oobleck, see a Cat In A Hat magically change into a Thing, see a drawing of the Cat come to life and more! Click HERE for more details!

Attention YA & Teen Library Specialists:

Could you use a great program for Young Adults? Sure you could.
Do you want to draw more teens into the library? Sure you do!

talesfrombeyond“Tales from Beyond”

A Spooky YA/Teen Library Program featuring tales & artifacts pertaining to Jack The Ripper, Lizzie Borden, Voodoo, Sinking of the Titanic, and MORE!Click HERE to learn more!

img-house“New York Spirits”

GHOSTLY YA & Adult Interactive Program that features tales of haunted locations in New York State. Guests will handle strange artifacts and may even witness evidence of a spirit! Click HERE to learn more!

Read important Information About Cris Johnson’s Library Programs.

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“Cris was very engaging! He had the children roaring and screaming one minute and then looking on in awe quietly the next. I like being able to work with someone who is professional, courteous, prompt,and fun. It just makes life easier! With Cris Johnson, you get the whole package. You would be wise to book him as fast as you can!”

Suzanne Schauf, Library Manager
Hollwedel Memorial Library
Pavillion, NY


“Cris, your performance was fantastic, just marvelous! It was a show both children and adults really enjoyed and laughed the entire time! Asking and getting the children to participate in most of the magic routines and stunts really livened the crowd! Your show definitely will be one to remember here at the Seneca Nation Library, and we thank you so very much for coming. We very much would like to invite you back for upcoming programs and events with more of your shows!”

Veronica Cook, Librarian
Seneca Nation Of Indians Library
Irving, NY


“The audience laughed and cheered as Cris amazed everyone with his magic! Cris was also professional and easy to work with. Thanks for visiting our library!”

Sarah Mattews, Children’s Librarian
Wadsworth Library
Geneseo, NY


“Dear Cris, Great job at the Ransomville Library summer reading program. I especially liked that you made mention throughout your program the themes for this year’s summer reading program: using SPORTS and NUTRITION as the “magic words” needed to make the magic work:  the need to go outside and exercise to develop your brain and make it stronger instead of sitting in front of the TV: the importance of the library as a source of books and information; your attention to these themes helped to reinforce the use of the library and the importance of reading. Thank you!”

Rose Seider
Friends of the Ransomville Library
Ransomville, NY


“This show was very engaging and interactive – a lot of the children wanted to help with the tricks! Cris used a lot of sports and fitness magic to encourage kids to read and be active while stressing the 2016 theme of ‘On Your Mark, Get Set, READ’ He used a lot of fun magic, including a magic talking sketchpad, to encourage the kids to visit the library, read, and be active over the summer. Cris was so engaging with the children, encouraging them to ask questions and participate. Thank you!”

Merrie Haumann, Library Staff Member
Ahira Hall Memorial Library
Brocton, NY

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“This is an engaging, fast-paced program! Kids found Cris hilarious! Good interaction with the kids. We look forward to having another program from Cris Johnson.”

Shannon Jakubowski, Librarian
Marilla Free Library
Marilla, NY

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“Cris’s show was fun and educational. It was perfect for the 2016 Summer Reading Program theme of ‘On Your Mark…Get Set…Read!’”

Sallie Ditzel, Librarian
Sanborn-Pekin Library
Sanborn, NY

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“The audience enjoyed your interactive and funny magic show. It was suitable for younger and older (adult) patrons, everyone thought the show was amazing. All of the magic books we put on display were checked out after the program. The show was amazing, awesome and we would love to have you back again.”

Tanya Taylor, Children’s Librarian
Geneva Public Library
Geneva, NY

“Very engaging with one LARGE group of kids at Steele Library. Cris kept them entertained even at the beginning, while waiting for everyone to arrive and be seated. The kids loved the interactive, fun performance and we appreciate how Cris kept our library’s summer theme as the focus! Highly recommended!”

Janet Ackerman, Children’s Librarian
Steele Memorial Library
Elmira, NY

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“Hi Cris, all the participants had nothing but good things to say about the program and they loved the take-home magic trick. Staff could hear the laughter of the audience all the way out at the reference desk and I believe that is the mark of a successful program. We look forward to having you again.”

Jennifer Villa, Librarian
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library
Cheektowaga, NY


“Cris was great to work with, very easy going, and great with staff and patrons. He interacted with all of the children and held the audience’s attention, both young and old. The show was captivating, stimulating, and truly enjoyable. I would recommend Cris Johnson to any library for any age group. I can’t wait to have him back again!”

Amanda Farley, Librarian
Horseheads Free Library
Horseheads, NY


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“Cris Johnson’s building and construction show had great enthusiasm and had many of the children laughing the whole show! Many of the library patrons expressed how much they enjoyed the show and thought it was a great time for the whole family! It was a pleasure working with Cris and the communication was super and professional. We would love to have Cris again at our library! thank you so much!

Ashley Moyer, Clerk 
Town of Collins Public Library
Collins, NY


“I have had Cris Johnson come to my library for 3 different programs.  2 were for children and one was a teen/adult program.  Cris is always the professional, and really knows how to interact with children and adults alike.  He brings a great sense of humor and a show that just flows.  Before you know it, the show is over and you are asking yourself where the time went.  I have Cris booked for another show in October and I cannot wait.   Kudos Cris, you are a true performer and I thank you for your wonderful shows.”

Glenice Peel, Manager
Big Flats Branch Library
Big Flats, New York

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“Thank you so very much for such a great program!  A good time was had by all, including the adults attending.  You did such a wonderful job engaging the children in every aspect of you program.  I haven’t had a group of summer readers squealing and laughing so much!  I had one little girl wish your program had lasted three hours. They all said it went by so quickly.   Everyone who attended, even the parents watching from outside the door all said you were just Wonderful!  Thanks again.”

Anna English, Library Director
Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library
Emporium, PA