Another circus is coming to town.
But not your typical big-top affair. There are no animals and just one juggler.
And it will teach your children something about saving money.
This is the Flow Circus, back in the area for a series of performances at local libraries.
Paul Miller is the performer and creator behind Flow Circus, coming to the Pittston Memorial Library and the Wyoming Free Library on Saturday to teach children 3 through 5 the fundamentals of money. It’s part of a two-week program at libraries in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.
“It’s funded by a PNC grant,” Miller said. “We developed a show to teach financial concepts to 3- to-5-year-olds, but really it’s a family show. “
He said adults and other children enjoy it, too, and noted that comedy, action and audience participation are plentiful.
Flow Circus had $10,000 from the grant to develop a show and two weeks of performances in Luzerne and Lackawanna county libraries, Miller said. The grant from PNC Foundation is part of Grow Up Great, a $350 million, multiyear initiative to help prepare preschool children for school and life.
The show about finance, developed with the help of his business partner, Dawn Daria, is just one aspect of Flow Circus.
“Every summer we develop a show for a summer reading program,” said Miller, who is based in Wake Forest, N.C. “I tour that show up and down the East Coast. I’ll do fairs and festivals for other audiences. Read Yourself Silly is about finding your passion, using resources such as libraries, teachers and coaches to learn skills and be the person you want to be.”
The name Flow Circus comes from a time when Miller juggled as bands performed and painters painted along, interpreting the music.
“Someone said this was like a circus,” Miller said, adding it was all connected, or flowed, through this shared experience.
He has been performing as Flow Circus since 1999.
Patricia Joyce, youth-services coordinator at the Pittston Memorial Library, said Miller will perform at 11 a.m. there.
“He kind of does a one-man show,” Joyce said. “He has props, and he goes along with our program on sharing, saving and earning money.”
She said all children are invited to attend the performance with their parents.
John Roberts, executive director of the Wyoming Free Library, said the 1 p.m. performance will be the first for Miller at that library. Roberts encouraged people to attend.
“And it’s free,” he said.