‘Tom Foolery’ entertains at library

Published 3:01 pm Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Tom Rayburn, better known as Tom Foolery, stopped by the Selma – Dallas County Public Library Wednesday morning to provide children with a juggling show as part of the library’s Sensational Selma Summer program.

Rayburn maintains a child-like sense of humor in performing for children.

“A lot of people are looking for their inner child,” said Rayburn. “I’m looking for my inner adult.”

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Rayburn enjoys being a source of entertainment for kids who would otherwise be stuck at home with nothing to do.

“A lot of the kids in smaller towns don’t get live entertainment,” he said. “It’s real people. It’s not TV. I’m interacting with them and I think it’s important for them to be able to see that.”

Rayburn says that the group of children he performs for are always a good audience.

“I love entertaining kids,” he said. “It beats working for a living. It’s just so much fun to run into the wall and hear them laugh.”

Rayburn made the children in attendance Wednesday morning laugh for the better part of an hour as he entertained them with his juggling act, hat tricks and, at one point during the show, balanced three chairs on his chin.

For Rayburn’s grand finale, he juggled a machete, toilet plunger and rubber chicken, all whilst riding a unicycle.

Not only does Rayburn enjoy entertaining children but he firmly believes that programs, like the library’s Sensational Selma Summer, are great for the community as well as libraries.

“I love supporting the libraries. Reading is so important to our kids,” said Rayburn. “Programs like this bring people out and keep them thinking about the library.”