Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
Performer name: Lindsay (Lynn) Sprague
Phone: 518-522-4317
Mailing address: ACP 2492 P.O. Box 1110
Albany, NY 12201
E-mail address: lak234@cornell.edu
Website: http://https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/12bv2l9o5U9XlFvA9p3oav6LPKoa91P-81D4u7_j_ZrY
Previous appearances at: Salem Massachusetts Public Library, Mechanicville New York Public Library, Dundee New York Library, Phyllis Wheatley Rochester New York Pubic Library, Gloucester Massachusetts Public Library
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 01/15/2019

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Biophere Projects! Growing Food on Mars and Beyond! Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Gardening,
Science
In the late 1980's, scientists began hypothesizing about growing food in space in preparation for the international space station and colonizing other planets. Biospheres were built and humans volunteered to live in them for 1-3 years at a time to mimic missions to other planets. Scientists studied nutrient requirements of plants, interpersonal relationships between participants, and environmental controls within these closed systems to explore scenarios astronauts might face when colonizing new planets. In this program, the library will build and host its own biosphere so students can learn about these closed systems in real time, and conduct experiments as if they were in space. To book this program, please add yourself to the spreadsheet below on your desired date and time. 1.) Please note the distance between libraries. Please attempt to book with other libraries in your system. 2.) Times on the spreadsheet are suggestions, you may alter the times to suit your schedule. 3.) Please fill out the contact information completely by scrolling right on the spreadsheet. Booking Schedule - (Copy and paste link into your browser) https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qzL5Ns32L-QBUZIvSTGc BxFPVGlRdWc3oKO0ubYyuT8 This program is suitable for the 2019 Summer Reading theme.
$201- $350
Horses 101 Health & Fitness- Sports,
Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Animals
Welcome to the world of horses! Children and adults alike are fascinated by these majestic creatures, and the experiences with them can be magical! Spending time around horses and ponies has been proven in many studies to be therapeutic on many levels both physically and emotionally. The bond can be quite powerful and healing, but where to start? It is important to know the nature of a horse, how to properly handle them on the ground as well as while riding. Proper care and feeding, tack fitting, and maintenance will be discussed as well. This is all taught out of the American Association for Horsemanship Safety manual by Jan Dawson. Katie, our real life miniature horse will be available to be pet, groomed, and for demonstration of safety techniques. This program is suitable for the 2019 summer reading program.
$101- $200
Floral Arrangements with Handmade Grapevine Wreaths Nature- Other,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Learn to craft grapevine wreaths to decorate your home. Heart shaped is the most popular, especially around Valentine's Day. These can be made in any shape or size, from locally pruned grapes that would otherwise be burned. Decorations provided, all natural dried flowers and ribbons. Kids love creating these! Suitable for the 2019 summer reading program.
$101- $200
Butterfly Release Nature- Animals,
Nature- Gardening,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Everyone loves butterflies, especially up close and personal. They are a medium that unlocks the heart of angry teenagers, and are able to coax the shyest of children out of their shells. When there is a butterfly release in town, people literally drop everything to attend. The day of the event students learn how to identify host and nectar plants, what Monarch eggs, larvae, and pupal forms look like; how to tell a male from female and why the males have pheromone pouches on their wings. There is much discussion on native butterflies in NY and identifying specimens patrons have observed. Releases attract the attention of the local media, and are great publicity. I have Monarch, Painted Lady, Mourning Cloak, Eastern Black Swallowtail, and Red Admiral Butterflies this season. Wild-caught displays (not always available) might include Eastern Tailed Blue, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Cabbage White, White Admiral, and Baltimore Checkerspot. At the end of the program the butterflies are released either individually or as a group. This program is suitable for the 2019 Summer Reading Program.
$101- $200
Candle Dipping Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Environment,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Learn to dip candles just like Laura Ingalls did in Little House on the Prairie. Participants are able to choose wax colors, scents, and shapes of candles, and may choose to hand dip or use candle molds. Candles are made from 100% vegetable based waxes with the exception of beeswax. This program can be tailored for young and old audiences alike, and is GREAT FUN! May run over an hour with larger groups, plan accordingly. This program is focused on building a sustainable future and is suitable for the 2019 summer reading program.
$101- $200
Sustainable Spring Seed Starting Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Environment,
Nature- Gardening
First, we make planting pots out of recycled newspaper, or soil blocks with a press. Then, participants fill their pots with soil and pick from a variety of organic seeds to plant. Last, we make labels so we remember what we are growing! Unlimited transplants can be planted to be taken home or plan a library garden for this program, and it is a great way to get kids excited about summer gardening! Suitable for 2019 summer reading.
$101- $200
Laura Ingalls Day Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Animals,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Laura Ingalls Day is a compilation of programs normally taught in a 1 hour block, designed for a kickoff or finale to summer reading, or an event that will bring in patrons during the winter. Starting with sugaring off, we will make sugar on snow, then move onto fresh butter, cheese, and sourdough bread. Next we will plant a garden on the library grounds or start transplants for growing on the windowsill. We can wash up with home made old fashioned lye soap, and hand dip candles. Wrap it all up by meeting farm animals and learning to care for them just like Laura and Mary. Based on book: Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, this program can incorporate reading the book and eating between stations. The program can last 4-8 hours, depending on age group and individual or combinations of stations. Great for the 2019 summer reading program.
$501- $1000
Bioshock! Neuroscience for Everyone Health & Fitness- Other,
Nature- Other,
Science
This course is taught with a lecture and lab component. During lecture, students learn about the organization of the nervous system, synaptic transmission, neurotransmitters, and ionic basis for action potentials. These are basic foundations for the science of neurophysiology, which we will be practicing using hands on methods. The lab component involves recording action potentials in real time from an insect, and analysis of the recording to interpret results. Robotic control of an insect using neural circuits and a cell phone usually interest the most hard core bored students! The goal of the class is to interest students in neural circuits and neuroscience! This program is suitable for the 2019 summer reading program.
$201- $350
Silk! Growing and Spinning History,
Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Animals
Learn how to grow silk worms in a sustainable manner, and to spin real silk cocoons into thread. The cultural heritage of silk, the trade routes, and unique properties of the fabric will be discussed. Products made from silk will be covered, as well as host plant propogation and larval care practices. Suitable for the 2019 summer reading program.
$101- $200
Homing Pigeons, A History in Wartime and Peace Health & Fitness- Sports,
History,
Nature- Animals
Our pigeon journey started when one crash landed in my front yard as a teen. Soon my father had built a coop, collected a rag tag crew of breeding birds, and began training drives in preparation for racing. The sport lives on today and has a rich history in both war and peace time. This class includes live birds, learning how to read bands, how to train for racing, and how the racing clock works. Suitable for 2019 summer reading programs.
$101- $200
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