Mark Wood is a Summer Reading Club favorite, and he’s back again this year with a brand new sea-themed fun show! Now a full-time entertainer, Mark started his show business career in the third grade and taught himself magic from books he borrowed from his local library. For the past 40 years, Mark has entertained library patrons during the summer months with his fantastic fun shows.
I had the pleasure of discussing Mark’s new show and what he loves about entertaining our youngest library-goers.
What made you want to start the Mark Wood Show?
I saw a magician perform at my elementary school when I was 8 years old, so I started doing magic tricks I learned from books at the Jackson City Library and then performed shows at various events in southeast Ohio. I never stopped doing magic, so I have been entertaining audiences for more than 50 years.
What’s your favorite part of performing for kids/families?
My favorite part of entertaining audiences is watching the reaction on the children and adults faces when they enjoy what I am doing.
Having performed at libraries in the past, what do you love about the Summer Reading Program and how do your shows incorporate the yearly theme?
I always incorporate the library reading theme in all my summer programs. I believe it is so important to encourage the young audiences to read books and see how much they can learn about everything by just reading! All the fun things the librarians do for the summer reading really helps draw in new patrons and keeps everyone interested!
We’re so excited to have you back at GCPL! What do you hope our patron’s get out of your Silly Sea Adventures Show?
My 2022 reading show “Silly Sea Adventures” is full of comedy, magic, and lots of audience participation. I hope everyone can come see my exciting program. I have performed at many of the libraries in Greene County and always look forward to returning!
Don’t miss Mark Wood’s Silly Sea Adventures on July 5th at the Fairborn Community Library and July 6th a the Yellow Springs Community Library!