Shawnee Public Library
Magician Tommy Terrific beings his wacky antics to the Shawnee Public Library’s Summer Reading Program at 2 p.m. Friday, July 18, at the library, 101 N. Philadelphia Ave.
Tommy Diaz has made several summer stops at the Norman Public Library as part of its schedule of events, but this will be his first trip around the entire Pioneer Library System.
A Tommy Terrific show is a bundle of energy being released throughout. His literal box of tricks features all kinds of gadgets and puppets that help with the show, and his colorful yellow and purple outfit is familiar to all who have seen his show in the past. And all of it is tied to books, making a natural for his partnerships with many library systems across the region.
Once upon a time, Tommy actually pursued an acting career on Broadway. But he returned to his home state of Arkansas for a chance to raise his son in more of a family environment in the Little Rock area.
He doesn’t keep his performances just to his home state though. Just in the past year, Tommy’s shows have taken him to libraries in Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. He also did a series of Black History Month magic shows this year that were based on the life and times of Louis Armstrong.
He’ll be talking about all things science in the library this year, using a pinch of illusion, a dash of comedy and a big dose of his creative puppet friends, who are as much a part of the show as Tommy Terrific himself.
Major sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Hitachi, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Sonic, Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan, The Oklahoman, the Pioneer Library System and the Pioneer Library System Foundation.
For more information, visit the library or call 275-6353.