Each and every year since 1971, Jim Kleefeld has created a new and different program especially for libraries. Summer Reading Programs all over Ohio and the Midwest have relished having Jim back year after year for his trademark fun, comedy and magic. Jim plans, creates, writes, and assembles a plethora of routines each year all centered around a theme. In the past, he has created magic shows around Jungle, Outer Space, Pirates, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Hats, Circus, Wild West and many other themes.
Every Year An All-New Library Program!
New The Magic of Friendship Children & Family Program for 2023
Book now to hold a date!
Click this The Magic of Friendship sign for more info.
Exciting Adult Programs
Jim offers many exciting and dynamic programs for adults, Including Tales From Beyond, Ohio Spirits, Ohio Hauntings and more.
Click the Civil War: Personal Stories or the Spirits Speak sign here for more info on either program,
or scroll down for posters of other programs and click on the one that appeals to you to find out more.
Teen Librarians - Check out Jim's Great YA Programs!
Perfect programs for teens in libraries, for weekly program meetings, lock-ins and sleepovers, reading rewards, or special occasions any time of the year. If you want a ready-made program designed especially for teens, this is your answer. Jim offers three hour-long professional programs.
In Tales From Beyond, Jim shares dark and spooky tales of mystery, murder and mayhem, all from books about true events such as the Lizzie Borden axe murder, death on the Titanic, and the mystery of shrunken heads.
In Ohio Spirits, Jim tells stories about famous haunted places in Ohio - THe Mansfield Reformatory, the Franklin Castle, The Golden Lamb and more. Particiapants handle vintage artifactsaand witness somme eerie events.
Due to the popularity of Tales From Beyond, Jim now also offers an all different second Dark program. More Tales From Beyond has new tales, new authors, new books, new strange and creepy occurrences about the Salem witch trials, Edison's Spirit Telegraph, and The Cleveland Torso Murders.
Click one of the the logos above to learn more.
Jim books a full summer each year and has to turn away many shows due to the full schedule. He has performed for libraries in every county and every major city in Ohio, often returning to the same libraries year after year as the highlight of the programming season. Most librarians book Jim for either the big Grand Opening or the spectacular closing event, since his shows are so popular.
Librarians trust Jim 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. Jim has spent many years as a Kindergarten teacher, became a Master Teacher and Education Instructor at Cleveland State University.has written several books for teachers on classroom and behavior management - all of which helps to make his programs a delight for all.
Below are some of the many shows he has created over the years. Click on any poster to get a description of the show.
To arrange for a program, just click this card or phone Jim.
33510 Jennie Road
Avon, Ohio 44011-2042