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Joe Gandelman performs at libraries across California, as he has for more than 25 years His show has been featured at libraries from Needles to San Ysidro to Los Angeles to Palm Desert. Each show is geared to the library’s theme, packed with LOTS of characters, interaction, laughs and stresses the joy and importance of reading books — and of reading skills in today’s Internet age.

Here’s what you get in a library show


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Joe and John at the Library

Joe and John at the Library


Click here to read what the Hi-Desert Star had to say about Joe’s Library shows.

What Libraries say about Joe Gandelman & Friends

“We’ve had Joe perform numerous times at our public library over the years. He always puts on a great show and keeps
everybody – kids and adults – laughing. Highly recommended!”

– National City Public Library, National City, CA
Lauren Kratz poses with Joe and friends

Joe and Studio City Librarian Lauren Kratz with two of his puppets after his show at the Studio City Library in Studio City.

“You did a great job entertaining a full house and both children and adults told me how much they enjoyed the show. Your entertaining even lured people off the computers! I appreciated your emphasis on reading and your encouragement to children interested in developing their own ventriloquism skills. All our books on the subject were snatched up!”

– Lakeside Branch Library, Lakeside, CA
“Thank you so much for that excellent performance! The summer reading participants had a fantastic library experience that was both entertaining and informative. It was a super show!”

– Gardena Mayme Dear Memorial Library
“Thank you for providing us with such an enjoyable summertime entertainment!”

– East Los Angeles Public Library
“…a smashing success at our branch libraries!”

– San Diego Public Library
“Thank you for making so many people happy!”

– Bob Lucas Memorial Library, Altadena

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Joe, Rex and John

Rex and his litte brother John in a battle of wits with Joe

“Thanks you again for your three performances at Camp Pendleton Libraries. What a crowd-pleasing show you give! One ten-year-old said, He never did move his lips when the dummy talked! A mom told me that however much the show cost it was a good way to spend the money. Everyone enjoyed the participation and the tricks-of-the-trade explanations – but all the jokes and fun are the real hit! I recommend your show to all librarians.”

– Camp Pendleton Libraries
“We appreciated the extra long performance you gave for an enthralled audience of over 100 pre-school, school-aged children and adults. Your puppets and dialogue are very imaginative and we enjoyed learning a few of the secrets of ventriloquism!”

– El Cajon Branch Library
“It was wonderful to meet you and your friends. The children, adults and staff were all entranced.”

– Fontana Branch Library
“I must admit that of all the scheduled events, this was the one I was a bit unsure of. How could a ventriloquist act hold over 70 kids’ attention for almost an hour? I had not counted on Joe. He was not only delightful and very funny, he was excellent at ventriloquism. His show involved rich range of characters and he never lost our attention as he not only entertained, but informed us as well. Not only is Joe a fabulous ventriloquist, he is a fabulous entertainer.”

– Manhattan Beach Library
San Diego-based ventriloquist Joe Gandelman performs at the Barstow Branch Library on Tuesday as part of the Summer Reading Program 2016, which features an entertainment act every Tuesday through July 24. Read more at the Desert Dispatch Online

– Jose Quintero, Desert Dispatch

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