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Delaware Libraries Performers Showcase: Home

Delaware libraries strive to provide educational and entertaining programming that support their shared mission to exist as cultural and lifelong learning centers

The 2019 Delaware Libraries Performers Showcase & Expo
Monday, October 21, 2019
Smyrna Opera House
7 W. South Street, Smyrna, DE 19977
Sponsored by Delaware Division of Libraries, Delaware Division of Arts, MetroKids, Smyrna Opera House

Performer Application to participate is due Friday, August 30, 2019


Delaware Division of Libraries
Marie Cunningham, Senior Librarian

121 MLK Jr. Blvd. North, Dover, DE 19901

Phone: (302) 257-3006
Fax: (302) 739-6787

Showcase Application, Arts in the Library Proposal Template, and Other Important Information

For more detailed information about the 2018 Delaware Libraries Performers Showcase & Expo and how to submit a proposal for the 2019  Summer Reading Challenge (SRC) Arts in the Library Series, please download these documents and email, fax or regular mail your Showcase application and/or 2019 SLC Arts in the Library proposal for consideration. 


Delaware Division of Libraries (DDL) has sponsored the Delaware Public Libraries Performers Showcase since 2002. A chief purpose is the selection of performer(s) for the Summer Library Reading Challenge (SLRC) Arts in the Library Series of the following year. 

New for 2019 Showcase & Expo

We offer four levels of participation in the 2019 Delaware Libraries Performers Showcase & Expo
Please be sure to check all the options on the application for which you’d like to be considered. 

  • Showcase Slot: 15 minutes (stage)
  • Snapshot Slot: 5 minutes (stage)
  • Expo: displays (exhibit area)
  • Open Mic Café sign-up day of Showcase on first come first serve basis

Facts at a Glance

When: Monday, October 21, 2019

Where: Smyrna Opera House, 7 W South Street Smyrna, DE 19977


  • Performers interested in being selected for the Delaware Summer Challenge Arts in the Library Series
  • Performers interested in performing at Delaware Public Libraries
  • Performers interested in performing at other Delaware and surrounding area venues


  • Gain feedback from the audience as part of the selection process for the Arts in the Library Summer Series
  • Provide a forum for performers to showcase their talents
  • Provide a forum for librarians to view potential library performers
  • Provide a forum for other agencies/venues to view potential performers
  • Primary focus of showcase is children, teen and family entertainment

Time Allowance for Showcase Slots (stage event):

  • 15 minutes per performer/ensemble.
  • Time includes – setup, performance, questions, breakdown, distribution of promotional material (promotional material may be sent prior to showcase for insertion into audience packet)

Time Allowance for Snapshot Slots (stage event):

  • 5 minutes per performer/ensemble.                                                                                                                                                           
  • Time includes – setup, performance, questions, breakdown, distribution of promotional material (promotional material may be sent prior to showcase for insertion into audience packet)
  • A low tech slot that does not permit elaborate equipment nor a full a demonstration of performance. 

Time Allowance for Open Mic Café: 

  • Maximum time per slot is 5 minutes
  • Open Mic Café is located on the 3rd floor near the Exhibit Hall and adjacent to the beverage and food stations. Sign up for Open Mic Café will be on the day of the Showcase & Expo on a first come first serve basis. 
  • Open Mic Café is open to all performers regardless of whether or not a performer has performed on stage for either a showcase or snapshot slot.

Typical Audience Questions:

  • “What is the cost of your program?” The audience is NOT interested in the cost you quote on your SRC Arts in the Library Series proposal to perform at all 33 libraries.  They want to know your normal program fee when contracted by an individual library. They may also be interested in whether or not you offer discounts for block bookings. Delaware Librarians have requested that the performer fee for libraries be made available to them. This fee is not negotiated by the Delaware Division of Libraries, does not apply to the performer fee for the SRC Arts in the Library Series, and is not a criteria in the selection process for the SRC Arts in the Library Series.
  • “What is the title of your program?”  
  • “What is the age range of your target audience?”
  • “How much space do you need for your performance?”

2019 Summer Library Reading Program General Theme: Fairy Tales - Mythology - Fantasy

  • Slogan for all age groups: Imagine Your Story
  • Delaware Division of Libraries does not stipulate that performers incorporate the theme/slogan. However, incorporation of the theme and slogan is something that librarians like and they often note as a comment in their ratings. Connecting to the theme adds continuity to the Summer Reading Program.

The Important Dates

  • August 30, 2019: Showcase & Expo Application due
  • August 30, 2019: SRC Arts in the Library Series Proposal due
  • September 27, 2019: Showcase applicants notified on selection for Showcase
  • October 21, 2019: Showcase & Expo
  • November 22, 2019: SRC Arts in the Library Series applicants notified of decision