Library & School Reading Assembly

Reading Magic is the ideal kick-off or culmination for your reading program, literacy night, book fair, or Read Across America celebration

Jeff Evans’ motivational Reading Magic assembly program encourages children to enjoy reading for a lifetime. Students help Jeff return an overdue book and see what makes a library card like a magic wand.  Curious George appears to perform the “World Famous Banana Trick.”  You’ll see jaws drop when Jeff shows how reading helps solve the puzzling Rubik’s Cube.

Jeff Evans' reading assembly programs for libraries and schools are seen by thousands of kids each week throughout Washington state.

Jeff Evans’ reading assembly program encourages kids to turn off the TV and tune in to the fun and thrill of reading books. In addition to being a ton of fun, the benefits of reading are woven throughout the show. Your students will be excited to try out the “magic numbers” of the Dewey Decimal system at your library.  See photos from Jeff’s assemblies at other schools on Pinterest.

Assembly planners often wonder, “Will this program really make a difference for our students?”

“I had one student come back to me the next day and say that he went straight to the public library, activated his card, and checked out a book on magic.  He was inspired!”
  -Urdene Rickard, librarian, St. Vincent de Paul School

Jeff Evans' reading assembly programs for libraries and schools are seen by thousands of kids each week throughout Washington state.

“Reading Magic” at the Chehalis Timberland Library

It all Started from a Book

Libraries hold a special place in Jeff’s heart.  His career began from a book on magic that he found at his grandparent’s house when he was twelve years old.  He already knew that “magic” happens when you read a good book, but this was different.  He was mesmerized, and began voraciously checking out all of the books from local libraries.  (They’re in the 793.8 section, if you’re curious.)

When he began his career, libraries were some of his first clients.  His first summer reading performances for the Lacey, Tumwater, and Olympia Libraries were in 1992.  Since then, Jeff has performed shows nearly each year for all three of these libraries, making them his longest-running clients. Here’s one of two videos that Jeff created for the 2020 Summer Reading Program for the Timberland Regional Library System.

Each summer Jeff performs for several dozen libraries as part of their Summer Reading Programs.  If you live in western Washington, chances are good that Jeff has been to your local library.  Frequently he builds a new show to fit the program’s theme.  He has donned cloak of Aquifer Man, Super Reader, Bug Boy (!) and other reincarnations of himself over the years.  (See photos on Pinterest.)

His shows always encourage kids to turn off the TV and unlock the fun and thrill of reading.  Many library clients have worked with Jeff for over two decades.

Schools invite Jeff to visit as part of their Read Across America celebration for Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2). PTAs hold Book Fairs and want a special event to draw families in to browse and buy books. Invite Jeff and his Family Night Magic Show and – voila! – the gym is packed with magic- and book-lovers!

“Thank you so very much for another wonderful performance!  Adults and the students just love your show(s)!”
-Wendy Logan, Browns Point Elementary PTA

“Another great show!  You really have a way of drawing them in and winning them over!”
-Eilene Glasgow, Meridian School teacher

Performing Virtually Worldwide

Jeff Evans’ interactive virtual magic shows and custom pre-recorded videos promoting reading are available for schools and libraries. Jeff comes to you direct from his home studio and can provide his professional Zoom account. Whether your students are at home in in-person, this option is a great way to bring Jeff’s fun, high-energy, amazing show to you no matter where in the world you are!

“You have done an incredible job pivoting your signature energy, comedy, and magic tricks to an online format. You kept the audience engaged throughout with a nice flow of performance, comedy, interaction with volunteers and we always appreciate the great plugs you give the library throughout… You are a favorite KCLS performer and we are thankful you could provide this online presentation for us. Looking forward to working with you again in the future!”
-Vicki Heck, King County Library System

“You are just as magical virtually as you are in person. I only wish you could have seen the amazement and happiness that must have been on everyone’s faces, including mine.  Thanks so much for an incredible show!  I appreciate your wonderful plugs for libraries, always.”
-Vicky Beatty, Stanwood Library

Call Jeff Evans in Olympia, Washington at (360) 412-5064 or toll-free (877) 412-5064 or send e-mail to today for rates and booking information.