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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Edgecomb, Diane Tall Fall Tales Literature- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tall Fall Tales brings alive the autumn world of nature with original stories and songs sure to delight both young and old. In the hilarious tale Plenty of Nuts, young Beatrice just cannot sit still in class. In the end, a lesson from a neighborhood squirrel helps her learn how to concentrate. Fall Fire, based on a Native American myth, tells how a friendly beaver painted the trees with autumn's fiery colors. Celebrate fall and New England with this enchanting seasonal performance. 'Thank You for your performance of ‘Tall Fall Tales’ at the Mansfield Public Library last month. The stories were wonderful, and wonderfully presented, with just the right blend of humor, action, and reverence for nature. The audience was entranced. Your program was a perfect way to celebrate autumn, and National Children’s Book Week.' Kitty Schacht, Youth Librarian, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
$351- $500
School, Animal Vulpinology Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Nature- Other
An interactive program that teaches people what it takes to be a fox. Learn about life in a “fox family” which starts with courtship, choosing a den and raising their young. The kids in the audience will be the young foxes in this simulation and will learn what foxes eat, the purpose of play, how to hunt and how to claim their own territory as they grow older. Folks will learn a little bit about the language of foxes and their incredible ability to adapt to almost any environment.
Up to $100
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Plant Propagation Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Gardening,
Science
Did you know that plants can grow from cuttings and not just seeds? Would you like to learn how to graft scions and choose root stocks? What hormonal treatments or media should be used to encourage growth, and what is the science behind it? Maybe you do not possess a green thumb, but always dreamed of having a beautiful garden. This program will inspire young and old alike to collect coleus, jade, violet, and other easy to propagate plants, and dive into citrus and other exotics to enrich their lives and give everyone the opportunity to grow an amazing garden. Participants may bring home cuttings and seeds to sow at home or in the vacant lot next door. Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions and to be added to my live booking link and visual catalog.
$101- $200
Collins, Dawn O Let's Make Music (Story, Song, Rhythm) Literature- Other,
Music,
Nature- Other
Using a current library story theme, season or place, this is a family friendly time. Mom! Dad! Grandparents too! Listen to some lively, easy to learn, child-friendly songs paired with some seasonal stories. Dawn will bring along her rhythm band bag of instruments for use during this fun time. There are songs with movements and songs with puppets so don’t be shy – we could get a little silly! It’s a fun time for all, and especially appropriate for the very young. Previous themes include songs of the river & water, world music, nature and animals.
$101- $200
Fiske, David History of October Mountain State Forest in Western Massachusett History,
Nature- Environment,
Nature- Other
October Mountain State Forest takes in 16,500 acres, making it one of the largest public recreation areas in Massachusetts. Much of the forest was once a sprawling private estate and game preserve, created by William C. Whitney, a man of wealth and prominence. Over time, the game preserve was dismantled and most--but not all--of the animals were relocated. Fire and the elements took their toll on the dormant structures, and the large estate came into the possession of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Various Civilian Conservation Corps projects made this natural resource more accessible and usable by the public. One project in particular created a lake with picnic and camping facilities. Known as Felton Lake, this site has had its share of successes and setbacks, and has seen tragedy and happiness. Today, besides a bridge and dam built by the CCC, only a few ruins of a Boy Scout camp remain at the lake.
Up to $100
ROCK, DINOSAURS, GEMS & OCEANS GEMS ROCK Mineral Adventure Museums,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Experience a dazzling world of scientific wonder! Glittering, Museum-quality exhibit - Rocks & Minerals, Gemstones. Interactive multimedia. Show focus on the importance of Minerals in our everyday lives. Students act as miners during panning, gemstone mining or excavation activities. Take home real specimens - rubies, emeralds, amethyst…) Geode opening, Excavations, Amber discovery activity options too! We offer Dinosaurs Rock® and Oceans Rock® too.
$351- $500
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Old Fashioned Soap Making Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Environment,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Learn to make soap the old fashioned way! This program allows participants to craft their own soap with a variety of molds and natural additions such as hibiscus flowers, jojoba, lavender, vanilla beans, the sky is the limit! This program is tailored to your library audience. For younger children can use a melt and pour soap, and older teens can watch a demonstration of the chemical reaction between lye and lipids. This fits nicely with Laura Ingalls Wilder's 'Little House' books, and some libraries use it as the finale to a story time featuring one to give patrons a real life experience. Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions to be added to my live booking link. This program supports building a sustainable future, and is suitable for the 2019 summer reading program.
$101- $200
Brickman, Robin Community Mural Workshop Nature- Environment,
Visual Arts- Painting,
Visual Arts- Other
Robin Brickman is the award-winning illustrator of several children's picturebooks, based primarily on natural science subjects. Her program has two parts: an initial presentation about her illustrations for books, and then a hands-on workshop. First, she will demonstrate her unique cut-paper technique of watercolor, and then she will help the audience make their own cut paper creatures. Robin will bring an original painting from one of her books for inspiration. Her program has been celebrated for its emphasis on art and natural science, its accessibility to all ages, and Robin's ability to connect with all ages and abilities.
$501- $1000
Rogers, Robert The Underground Adventures of Rudy Root, Jr. Nature- Gardening,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
He's one part gardener, one part elf, definitely someone who takes his job seriously and let's his curiosity take him wherever it goes. Rudy Root Jr. is ever vigilant about life underground. The roots of newly planted seeds that travel way down through the dirt; the insects and rodents who make their homes in the dank, dark earth; the mineral treasures that lie hidden from view. It's one adventure after another with Rudy as our guide.
$351- $500
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Angora Fiber Spinning Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Angora rabbits provide the softest fiber for spinning, and enjoy being groomed to remove their long continuously growing coats. After making their very own drop spindle, patrons get to brush rabbits to collect fiber. Then they can spin the softest yarn for themselves and bring it home. Learn proper rabbit care and maintenance, along with information on how to manage your own angora rabbit farm. Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions to be added to my live booking link and visual catalog. This program is suitable for summer reading 2019.
$101- $200
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