Robert Rivest
Wellness, Laughter & Stress Relief

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2024 Summer Reading Library Themes with Robert Rivest

Adventure Begins at Your Library &

Read, Renew, Repeat 

2024 Summer Reading Library Themes

with Robert Rivest


Comic Mime Robert Rivest entertains audiences of all ages while joyfully celebrating reading, libraries, change of seasons & summer fun! Check out Robert’s summer 2024 shows and year-round library offerings for youth, families and adults. 

"I love programs that entertain parents as much as they do children. Robert’s unique mixture of mime and comedy along 

with a strong pro-library message, completely engaged our diverse audience." Patty Falconer, Hampstead Library 


Adventure Begins at Your LibraryIn your imagination, then moves out into the world.

Robert Rivest Comic Mime, uplifts people of all ages and backgrounds. He is a funny man who sees the world in a very funny way. He is known as the 'human cartoon' because of his highly expressive face and flexible body. Using mime, comedy, and interactive spoken word stories, Robert brings original Summer Reading and improv stories to life before your eyes! He combines classic mime artistry with hilarious character voices and humorous insights into everyday life. 


Read, Renew, Repeat as well as Rest, Recover and Refresh.

Robert Rivest, mindful mime and ‘human cartoon’ leads audiences of all ages in humorous adventures in the Read, Renew, Repeat theme. Plus he adds comic relief and fun ways to relieve stress. Robert teaches everyone how they can use their imaginations to create stories, characters, funny facial expressions, and share in performing new comic Mime stories. A great show by itself or part of a specific theme within the Summer Reading 2024 Themes. Everyone will learn cool mime illusions! In several audience participation opportunities, we will enjoy improvising your story ideas and play with humous settings, characters, challenges and solutions. Reading & Mime are FUN! 



Plenty of dates available for you. Block Booking Available.

*Robert Rivest 2024 Summer Reading Calendar


Robert Rivest 2024 Spring/Summer Calendar (so far)


April 20 “Spring has Sprung” 11am Rutland, VT

April 27 “Live Joyfully, Laugh Easily” 11am Farmington, CT

April 30 “Reading Motivation/Literacy Celebration” Lebanon, CT


May 5 “World Laughter Day”” 6pm East Longmeadow, MA

May 7 “Laughter Yoga” 10:30am Bedford, MA

May 11 “Wellbeing Laughter & Stress Relief” 11am UNE Biddeford, ME

May 18 “Laughter is Best Medicine” 1pm Franklin, MA


June  1 & 2 “Laughter Yoga Leader Training/Certification” Online

June  5 “Library Staff Stress Relief” 5:00pm Sturbridge, MA

June  6  “Laughter is Best Medicine” 7:00pm Algonquin IL (online)

June 12  “Wellbeing Laughter & Stress Relief” 11:45am Hartford, CT

June 14  “Library Staff Stress Relief”10:45am Shrewsbury, MA

June 18 “Camp Staff Stress Relief” 9:30am Longmeadow, MA

June 18 “Corporate Staff Stress Relief” 3:00pm Farmington, CT

June 22 “Carol Rivest Memorial Foundation Benefit” Brimfield, MA

June 24 “Create Your Summer Adventure” 6:00pm Rocky Hill, CT

June 27 “Read, Renew, Repeat” 6:30pm Adams, MA


July 1  “Summer Theme Comic Mime” 11 & 2:30 Suffern, NY

July 10  “Read, Renew, Repeat” 10:30am Douglas, MA

July 13  "Adventure Begins At Your Library" 11:00am Hampton, NH

July 17  “Staff Stress Relief for Librarians" 9:30am Prospect, CT

July 17  "Adventure Begins At Your Library" 10:30am Prospect, CT

July 23  “Library Program for Adults” 6pm Norwalk, CT

July 26 “Laughter is the Best Medicine” Teen Programs 10am & 12pm Newton, NJ

July 29 "Adventure Begins At Your Library" 4pm Rutherford, NJ

July 30  “Read, Renew, Repeat”4pm Acushnet, MA

July 31  “Wellbeing Laughter” 6:30pm, Tom River, NJ


August 2  “TGIF Comic Mime Camp Show” 10am Brattleboro, VT

August 6  “Read, Renew, Repeat” 3:30pm Longmeadow, MA

August 7  “The Alphabet of Imagination!” 11am Lincoln, MA

August 8  “Laughter is the Best Medicine” 4pm Ossining, NY

August 8  “Science in Motion Comic Mime” 6:30pm  White Plains, NY

August 12 "Adventure Begins At Your Library" 7:00pm Garnerville, NY

August 13 "Adventure Begins At Your Library" 1pm Unadilla, NY

August 14 “Mindfulness, Mime & Laughter” 10:30am Brockton, MA

August 15 "Adventure Begins At Your Library" 11am Clinton, MA


September 21-22 “Laughter Yoga Leader Certification/Refresher” Farmington,CT


*Contact Robert Rivest for updated list



Also available this summer 

Wellbeing Laughter: A fun way to feel healthier & happier

Robert's newest creation WELLBEING LAUGHTER is a wellness practice that frees the body and mind of stress and anxiety, in a playful, light-hearted way. Robert uses science-based methods such as mindful breathing, gentle movement and healing laughter as a fun way to optimize mental and physical wellbeing. This practice brings people together and unites them in a positive, shared experience of joyful laughter. Wellbeing Laughter lifts our mood in a matter of minutes and gives us a lighter perspective on life. Adaptable for children, teens, adults and staff.

"Robert Rivest's Wellbeing Laughter program was the perfect combination of entertainment and enrichment. Robert was an enthusiastic and responsive facilitator who engaged the participants with his well-paced interactive exercises. You'll definitely leave his program with a smile on your face! For libraries seeking a unique personal growth program, I recommend this program highly ." -Roxanne Starkin, Shrewsbury Public Library


Mindfulness in Motion: Creative tools to manage stress and anxiety

Many schools and organizations are incorporating mindfulness as a way to help students and staff, focus, feel centered, and improve social skills. Robert Rivest's "Mindfulness in Motion" school and library programs help teach the basics of mindfulness in a fun, entertaining way. In this program, students and teachers learn mindfulness exercises and stress relief techniques that will help them breathe, relax, focus, act, and interact, mindfully. Robert is a great presenter, he shares simple, memorable stories and humorous tales that bring mindfulness principles to life.  Robert Rivest has been teaching Mindfulness Meditation, Tai-Chi, and Mime, to all ages, for over 20 years. With his unique blend of energy, creativity, playfulness and peacefulness, Robert shares the joys of being alive, in the present moment. 





2024 Summer & Year Round Library Shows Live & Online Options!

Flexibility is key. I can do any of my programs:


Virtual Live Stream 

Virtual Recorded Video

I am open to other options as they become available.

Let's chat today!



More Summer Library Show Options here:

Summer Fun @ Your Library! This is a pure celebration of everything that we love about summer. Comic mime Robert Rivest performs his favorite stories about summer and invites audience members to join in. Stories about the sun, swimming, camping, travel, friendship, ice cream, late nights, lightening bugs and more! This fun family show is full of audience participation! In addition to Robert’s humorous and inspirational mime theater stories, everyone will learn amazing mime illusions and how to create their own mime story. Together, we will act out exciting characters and stories highlighting summer fun! 

Robert ends his summer library programs with an interactive mime “poem” about the joys of reading, books and libraries.

Robert Rivest is a comic mime/dancer/speaker with over 20 years of experience performing in schools and libraries. He studied mime, dance, improvisation and acting in Paris and NYC. He brings over 20 joy filled years of experience to every performance.

Another Summer Hit is . . . 

Robert Rivest Comic Mime ("Laughter is the Best Medicine") Comedy on the Move Highlights the best of Robert Rivest's 20 year career as a master mime performer, comic actor and improv artist. Through humorous mime stories, spoken word physical comedy and a zany cast of characters, Robert Rivest transforms an empty stage into pure hilarity! His true gift is his ability to turn everyday situations into hysterically funny experiences that all ages can relate to! Robert's personal stories of growing up in Enfield, CT, are hilarious. His tales of childhood, teen-hood and high school pranks as well as his life in the performing arts and “healing arts” will move you to bursts of laughter and tears of joy! This is a cultural arts comedy event that you will never forget, full of imagery rich stories, awe inspiring mime illusion, and plenty of playful audience participation.

A fun way to bring the whole community together through smiles, giggles, and roaring laughter.
"Robert Rivest recently performed his Laughter is the Best Medicine show here at the Franklin Public Library and it was fabulous! Everyone in the audience, children and adults alike, were engaged, laughing along, and eager to get up and learn new mime techniques! It was so fun to see and the enthusiasm was contagious!” -Bree Comeau, MLIS, Assistant Youth Services Librarian, Franklin Public Library

“We recently had Robert Rivest come to perform Science in Motion for a weekday crowd of 69. The program was unique and engaging in a refreshingly simple way. Rob uses movement and humor to demonstrate simple scientific concepts, and the best part is he is more than welcoming of audience participation.

It was fabulous to see so many elementary schoolers on stage expressing themselves in mime. This was something new for them. It was a great look at where art and science intersect. Even the grownups were fascinated by  the mime techniques and tried it out! We had a very "ebullient" crowd and Rob handled the energy like the pro he is. Highly recommended!” 

-Alisa Iannucci, Head of Youth Services, Conant Public Library

"I love programs that entertain parents as much as they do children, and Robert Rivest's show definitely accomplished that goal. His unique mixture of mime and comedy along with a strong pro-library message, completely engaged our diverse audience." -Patty Falconer, Hampstead Public Library, NH

“Robert Rivest presented his Science in Motion Comic Mime Show at our ‘One-of-a-kind Family Science Night’ We included Primary, Elementary, and Middle School families. Robert demonstrated mime techniques and invited scores of students (and a few brave parents) up on stage to try their hand at the art of mime. Together, they acted out the four seasons, the water cycle, an astronaut in space, and an astronaut taking steps on the moon. Lots of laughter could be heard throughout the program and audience members were eager to participate.”

A few family members said:

“Our family really enjoyed Mr. Rivest’s program. Our daughters couldn’t wait to get on stage with him and use their bodies to illustrate the 4 seasons. It was so much fun!”

“I wondered how the mime would teach us Science. He used his body to tell stories and we loved it!” 

Darlene Noel, Phillipsburg School District, Director of K-5 Mathematics, Science, Gifted & Talented, and Special Subjects

Also Available:

Staff Stress Relief, Team Building and Laughter Games for Librarians! Robert Rivest offers creative stress relief workshops, in-services and staff development training for librarians and staff! His most popular staff development program for libraries is part comic relief and part stress relief tips from mindfulness meditation, tai-chi and laughter yoga. The laughter and improv team building exercises are tons of fun! The take away stress relief tips are very effective for work in the library and every day life. It can be a great stress reliever for the whole population, a library conference keynote, worksop, breakout session or a special staff workshop/in-service/training.

Contact Robert: Email: Robert Rivest  Phone: 413-519-2256

Robert is great at helping people celebrate reading, their library and their lives. He creates a positive, shared library experience that is full of laughter and joy. The number one comment that Robert hears from librarians after his program is, "Everyone came out looking so happy and joyful."

These popupar library shows are also available:

Learn, Laugh, and Let Go: An Interactive Stress Relief Show! Robert Rivest takes a humorous look at modern day stress and what we can do about it. He shares easy to follow stress relief strategies that allow everyone to get back to work, school, or home, feeling calm and refreshedMore

Healthy Choices - Healthy Lives is a high-energy comedy program in which health and humor go hand in hand. Robert Rivest's humorous insights connect deeply with children, teens, and adults moving them to make mindful choices about food, exercise, entertainment and safety. More

Mindfulness and Stress Relief Robert Rivest's "Mindfulness and Stress Relief"  programs help teach the basics of mindfulness in a fun, entertaining way. Robert is a great presenter, he shares simple stories and humorous tales that bring mindfulness principles to life . More

Literacy Alive - Let's Celebrate Reading! is a quick moving fun-filled enrichment program that gets audiences of all ages excited about reading. Robert Rivest reveals the "hidden treasures" of reading and comically illustrates and the joys of reading everyday. More
Laughter is the Best Medicine: Highlights the best of Robert Rivest's 20 year career as a master mime performer, comic actor and improv artist. Through humorous mime stories, spoken word physical comedy and a zany cast of characters, Robert Rivest transforms an empty stage into pure hilarity!More 

Science in Motion! is a mesmerizing blend of comedy and science that enthralls both children and adults. Robert Rivest, comically explores how scientists and artists see the world around us. More  

 "We were so delighted with Robert Rivest's performance. It's wonderful to find someone with such tremendous talent who relates so well to kids." -Jane Babcock, Director, Hadley Libraries, MA 

"During a time in schools where anxiety and stress are a common topic of discussion, Robert’s performance was engaging and helpful. It went a long way toward supporting social-emotional education in our school." -Rita Quiles-Glover, Principal of Lebanon Elementary School

"Hartland School was so glad to have Robert Rivest return to help us open another school year.  His new "Mindfulness & Stress Relief in Schools" program reached our pre-K through 8th graders. It was a joyful time spent observing Robert's mime talents while learning strategies that will support our stressful days. One staff member remarked, 'I learned that my day is what I make of it.' How amazing it was to witness an entire room concentrating on their breathing." -Ronnie Alicata Hartland School

“Robert’s "Mindfulness & Stress Relief in Schools" program was a hit! Our middle school students and staff enjoyed Robert’s presentation of mindfulness education and practical techniques. Robert was entertaining, hilarious, and thought provoking. Several staff members and students were practicing mindfulness techniques in their classrooms within the same day. I can’t recommend him enough!” -Michael Engber, School Counselor West Brook Middle School

"Robert Rivest's mindfulness show was engaging, effective and the perfect length to keep the K-5 kids engrossed.  He very much incorporated the 5 Mindful Growth Habits that our school community has been working on all year.  These include Empathy, Flexibility, Persistence, Resilience and Optimism. It was a wonderful  assembly! -Susan Linehan RN, BSN, South Range Elementary School
"Thank you SO much Robert, for coming to Lakeland Regional for our Faculty/Staff Wellness Day!  I have already received so many compliments about the day, and how wonderful you were and how relaxed they felt!  Some staff members were telling me how they realized today that they don't laugh enough, or smile enough.  It was a pleasure seeing you again and I hope that we get to work together again in the future!" Ms. Kelly Norton, M.S., Student Assistance Counselor, Lakeland Regional High School

Robert Rivest is an internationally admired performer and teacher. He is a renowned comic mime artist, an accomplished health, literacy and stress relief educator, a gifted laughter yoga teacher and an engaging public speaker. Since 1990 Robert Rivest has given over 7,000 presentations in Europe, Asia, Africa and across the U.S. His mission is to use mindfulness, laughter and the performing arts to bring health and happiness to individuals and organizations around the world.

Spread joy and laughter @ your library with Comic Mime Robert Rivest 

2024 dates are still available for all of Robert Rivest’s Summer Library Programs for children, teens and adults! 

 Summer Library Reading Program BLOCK BOOKING is Available in MA, CT, NY, NH, NJ, PA, MD, VA, VT and ME! 


Contact Robert: Email: Robert Rivest Phone: Phone: 413-519-2256


Library Staff Development Stress Relief Programs

Library Programs For All Ages!

Teen & Young Adult Library Programs


Comic Stress Relief Library Programs for Adults & Seniors

  Robert Rivest K-12 School Shows

Health & Wellness School Assemblies

Literacy Programs & Reading Celebrations

Laughter Yoga & Stress Relief School Shows

Fun Science School Assemblies

“Comedy on the Move” School Shows



Spread joy and laughter @ your library with Comic Mime Robert Rivest



Robert Rivest Shows for All Ages


Contact Robert today to discuss the best program for you.

All Robert Rivest Programs can be done In-person or Online.