In recent conversations with fellow library directors, a good and timely question came up: How do you find a Santa for your Christmas events at the library? We are very fortunate to have a professor from Ohio Northern University (just across the street), who is a member of the Buckeye Santas, and who does all of the events in the area, and who is kind enough to do our Library’s event free of charge. So, I went right to the source and asked Santa himself for some tips on picking a GREAT Santa. When picking a Santa:
- Ask for a background check first!
- Depending on your Library policy–ask if they are insured
- Ask for references (are there other places around town who’ve hosted this Santa that would refer him?)
- Ask for a photo (recent)
- Talk with the Santa before the event, preferably in person, or via phone or Skype