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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Knight, Leonora Books Alive Interactive Concert Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Children join Lee Knight on stage to sing, dance and perform songs written to their favorite stories. Props, puppets and costumes are used to enhance creative, imaginative play. All music is original, multi-cultural and fully orchestrated. All songs are written for children to easily sing along or echo, but are rhythmically stimulating and musically sophisticated. Children will love being part of the show! Shows for all age groups available.
$351- $500
Tomecek, Stephen The Science of Sports Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
Scientist and award-winning author Steve The Dirtmeister Tomecek takes a slightly serious look at the science behind many of the sports that kids love to play. The program features over a dozen interactive demonstrations which are safe enough for kids to try themselves. We begin with a look at athletes and why reaction time and hand-eye coordination is so important. We then explore the roles played by inertia, leverage, angular momentum, friction and gravity in everything from bowling and basketball to soccer and baseball!
$351- $500
Cavanaugh, Deb Be Creative: Create a Song! (For the 2009 Summer Reading Program) Life Skills- Other,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Music
After warming up our voices and creative juices with rhyming songs such as Down By the Bay and others, we will work collaboratively to create our own song.
$201- $350
Storytellers, Beauty & the Beast Author Visits Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss are award winning authors and recording artists and would be happy to visit your school in that capacity. They will tell stories, give tips on telling, and answer any questions students have. Their story collections include world tales that have been rewritten so that they are accessible for telling by children. After seeing Mitch and Martha tell stories, students will be excited about telling tales themselves. Storytelling is a fun activity that is highly educational. All the story books have tips for telling which make it possible for teachers to have each student (second grade and up) choose a different tale, learn it, and share it in front of classmates. Those who choose to do so can tell for other classes as well. Some of the tales are simple and short enough that they can then be retold by first graders and even kindergartners. Mitch and Martha's performances will also serve as catalysts for creative writing.
$1001- $3000
Cain, Ron Ron Cain's Wandering Wizard Show Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
As the Wizard of Wands, Ron Cain wanders the world sharing the secrets of magic. He begins each show by welcoming young audiences to CAIN’s Traveling Academy of Magic, a 45-minute version of a typical day at wizardry school. Students learn the wonder of words using a magic spell book. Then they help him wave his many wands to create some surprising illusions. Course subjects include alchemy, enchantment, numerology, and gruesome creatures like Chadwick the Dragon. Also featured are a Harry Potter book trick and a card sharp who lives in a snake basket. Since 1998, Ron has created magic shows based on the annual summer reading program theme. Each program uses magic and humor to promote reading and help children feel good about themselves. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron has more than 16 years of experience performing at schools, libraries, companies and festivals throughout New York. He also has appeared on television’s Pappyland and Saturday Showboat. His magic shows with educational messages include Tune In To Magical Idol, Uncle Sam's Old Time Magic Show, Magic of America, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, Case of the Missing Bunny,and Captain HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show.
$201- $350
Barkan, Paul Michael The 'All You Need Is Read' Literacy Concert Featuring MOSTLY MOPTOP Literature- Poetry,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Beatles tribute band Mostly Moptop will perform a concert of Beatles music (and a few little surprises), but throughout we would do readings of prose and poetry not only by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, but also by key writers who influenced The Beatles such as Lewis Carroll, George Eliot, Shakespeare, and James Joyce (among several others). This promises to be a wonderful concert / library experience we would like to bring to the entire Public Library System.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John Erie Canal Tall Tale Writing Residency and Performance Event History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Workshop participants will learn about the tradition of the 'Tall Tale,' and then work together to create their own original tale. This program draws upon the Erie Canal for theme and inspiration, and includes songs and dances that reflect our multicultural heritage. We conclude with a joint artist/student performance for the community, wherein participants perform their tale, songs, and dances as an integral part of the artists’ musical theatre performance piece '15 Years on the Erie Canal.' (see related program listings.) The finale performance will be geared towards family audiences, and includes participation for all who attend. It will feature music on the artists’ unusual collection of authentic historical instruments, including squeezeboxes, hurdy gurdy, hammered dulcimer, and more. All participating children will gain hands-on experience in a range of artistic disciplines, including writing, poetry, dance, music, and storytelling/theatre. Children will be exposed to actual Tall Tales of the Erie Canal Era; they will learn factual information about our county’s famous canal; about the era’s multicultural heritage.
$501- $1000
Dolan, Mary Beth Let's Get Graphic Literature- Creative Writing,
Visual Arts- Drawing,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
This program can be held as a one-day workshop or mulitple-session residency. I teache the beginning skills needed to create and develop a graphic novel or short story. Drawing skills, story telling skills, creative writing and visual story boarding are taught. Age 12 and up mandatory for this program. A great way to get teens and especially teen boys to visit your library!
$201- $350
Riley, Tom BECOME A STAMP COLLECTOR Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other,
Visual Arts- Crafts
BECOME A STAMP COLLECTOR-Each child receives an album and hundreds of stamps. They soak stamps off paper and mount dry stamps. They see rare stamps and are given pen-pals. They learn the history of postal services from a book I wrote. Stamp Collecting is the world's most popular hobby. Adults love my program. They learn the history of postal services and the intricacies of stamp collecting.
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane A Celtic Evening Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Irish Culture comes to life with Storytelling, Song and the strains of the Celtic harp. In A Celtic Evening, Diane brings to life Ireland’s storytelling treasures from the humorous Legend of Knockgrafton to the hauntingly beautiful Deirdre of the Sorrows. The most famous of all Irish romances, Deirdre weaves together Druidic prophecies with a forbidden passion so profound it dares to defy the fates. The performance is set against a lush background of harp music: original and traditional melodies played by the versatile Margot Chamberlain on a variety of Celtic folk harps. Enjoy an evening of humor, passion and music with these two inspiring performers. A Celtic Evening is also available as a full musical event with the addition of Michael Punzak on story and fiddle and Tom Megan on accordion, keyboard and pennywhistle. Thoughtfully composed and beautifully presented, A Celtic Evening was a joy for us all. The combination of both your talents made for an inspirational evening that moved the audience to laughter and to tears, and left us with a feeling that magic was in the air. Director of programming, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA
$501- $1000
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* Inclusion in this database does not indicate endorsement of any performer or program by the NYS Education Department, the Office of Cultural Education, the NYS Library or the participating library systems, nor does it eliminate the need for reference checks and appropriate standard screening procedures.

 

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