Song & Story Programs for Libraries
Since 2013, Bill & Eli Perras have been registered with the Florida Library Association as Performers and Entertainers, and were featured artists at the 2015 Florida Library Association Performer's Showcase in Orlando. They strive to keep their repertoire filled with songs that have educational value, and are quickly becoming an "in-demand" act with public libraries in Florida.
Currently, Bill & Eli offer three separate, 50-minute long, audience participation programs for libraries, all with a unique presentation style that includes Eli using American Sign language as she sings.
Current Library Programs
"Build a Better World: Song & Stories" is a brand new presentation, consisting of songs and stories that nudge at our inner beings, making everyone aware that we can make a difference in ourselves and society.
This presentation touches on how to be proactive on issues such as world hunger; peacekeeping; thinking before speaking; keeping our children informed in a manner that does not overwhelm them; bringing people together in order to make our world a better place to live; all in a lighthearted way of presentation.
"Artifacts of Florida through Songs & Stories" shares bits about history, people, and culture utilizing Bill & Eli's original songs, and the stories behind the songs.
On the topic are songs and stories such as "The Real McCoy" - the story of the bootlegger from Ormond Beach named Captain William McCoy; "Let the River Run Free" - the saga of the Rodman Dam on the Ocklawaha River; "These Florida Songs" - Bill's interpretation of the Florida landscape, and those who write about it; and other songs that touch on the environment, people, and history of Florida in their very own unique way.
"Black History Month: Song & Stories" is a presentation of facts, utilizing Bill & Eli's original songs that relate to notable civil right icons leading up to the Civil Rights movement.
This program presents some facts related to notable civil right icons like Harry T. Moore; Martin Luther King, Jr.; the Tuskegee Airmen; events such as the Selma March, the movement of enslaved African-American that was know as the Underground Railway, and other historical events related to Black History Month, including teaching several of the standard civil rights songs from the early 1960’s. This program can also be adjusted to fit any time of year, especially the weeK around MLK Day.
Carol Johnson (President, Friends of the Ormond Beach Library) - Thanks to both of you, Bill and Eli. We really enjoyed your appearance at the Ormond Beach Library, and would gladly recommend you to other libraries. You are truly accomplished musicians. We also learned a lot about Florida from you — I was delighted to hear the audience appreciation of some of your remarks - they were listening so carefully. And judging by the number of people who came forward to talk with you afterward, it was clear they wanted to know more. Thank you for a charming and thoughtful performance.
Barbara Miller (Programming Manager, Broward County Main Library - Ft. Lauderdale, FL) - Thank you for your entertaining and informative Florida Heritage Month program today at our Broward County Main Library. Your original songs and extensive knowledge of Florida history was of great interest to our audience.
Jamal Moss (Adult Programming Manager, Central Brevard Library - Cocoa, FL) - Thank you folks SOOO much for coming! I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation, and completely captivated by it! Coming back for Black History Month next year would be terrific!!!
Cyndy Moore (Programming Manager, Port Orange Library - Port Orange, FL) - Thank you, Bill and Eli, the audience loved your presentation based on the survey responses! We would love to have you again!
Click HERE to book Bill & Eli at your Florida Library.