Carnegie-Stout Public Library is pleased to announce an upcoming performance at the library by world-class aerialist and juggler, America’s Got Talent competitor, and Dubuque native Laura Ernst. Using our library’s grand and historic architecture in a fashion neither Andrew Carnegie nor Frank Stout could have imagined, Laura will perform feats of aerial acrobatics hanging from the vaulted ceiling over the library’s century-old iron shelves.
Laura’s career started innocently enough, learning to juggle for a middle school play. Her first performances were at street festivals here in Dubuque, wowing audiences with fire manipulation. Several years later, Laura has made a career out of her passion for entertaining. In 2008 Laura won 1st place at the World Juggling Federation, placing her among the best jugglers in the world. Then, on the 5th season of America’s Got Talent, Laura performed inside of her human-sized hamster ball- a prop so impressive it caused Howie Mandel to exclaim, “I love you! You are my soul mate.”
Laura will perform at Carnegie-Stout at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 5. The event is free and open to the public and coincides with the library’s June Art @ Your Library opening reception. For more information about the performance, call the library at (563)589-4225 or visit www.dubuque.lib.ia.us. For more information about Laura, visit www.lauraernst.com.