Carnegie hosts reading event with clown

by Bradley Hartsell

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Rob Ringling, the circus clown, passes a spinning plate to the delighted Kate Skinner during a reading and performance at the Newnan Carnegie. 


The circus came to Newnan Carnegie Library recently when circus clown Rob Ringling presented to a roomful of children.

The goofy and animated Rob the Clown kept the kids entertained with his jokes, juggling and storytime. To help bring the circus to the Carnegie, Ringling read “If I Ran the Circus,” by Dr. Seuss aloud to the children.

“Let’s create a circus right here, right now,” Ringling urged. “Who has an imagination?” When he asked, hands shot up all around the room of eager kids ready to start their circus with popcorn, cotton candy, lions and clowns.

Aside from clown silliness, Ringling also demonstrated some real talent by juggling various objects, including stacking tin cups as he juggled them. The star of the show was Kate Skinner, the five-year-old girl who Ringling picked as a volunteer. Skinner smiled big and acted with delight when Ringling passed the spinning plate from his pole to hers, all in one motion.

“It was good being a helper,” Skinner said afterwards. “I wouldn’t want to be a clown, though, and stand in front of an audience and be embarrassed.”

The Newnan Carnegie brought the group from Ringling Bros. Circus to help promote the circus coming to Atlanta Feb. 12-17 at the Philips Arena, as well as reading in young children. The circus is offering free tickets for any student who reads five books before “the greatest show on Earth” hits Atlanta.

The Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus has been touring since 1884 (Barnum and Bailey merged with the circus in 1919). For tickets and more information, visit www.ringling.com .



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