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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Neale, Cynthia Creating a New American Dream Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other
Drawing from experiences as an author of two young adult historical fiction novels, an adult historical fiction novel, and other writing, the author presents workshops designed to challenge students to learn about the original meaning of the American Dream and to consider their own American Dream for themselves and their country. I utilize the immigrant stories from my books, excerpts from biographies of famous immigrants (American Immigration Law Foundation), and provide the materials to make American Dream journals.
$501- $1000
TheatreworksUSA, - JUNIE B. JONES Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Hurray, Hurray! Junie B. Jones is finally graduating from kindergarten and is ready for first grade, at last! But getting used to the whole new group of friends, a new teacher, and new glasses is challenging, even for irrepressible Junie B. Follow her adventures as she writes everything down in her top-seecret personal beeswax journal. A musical based on the books by Barbara Park.
$1001- $3000
Smith-Carrigan, Michelle The Last Dragon Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Are all princesses helpless? Are all knights brave and strong? Are all dragons evil? Find out in this whimsical retelling of the fairy tale by E. Nesbitt. Explore the issues of stereotypes, discrimination, self-esteem, greed, and friendship with this vivid puppet production. This show features classical music, large rod puppets, mouth puppets, a 7 ft dragon and a life-size knight on horseback for a jousting scene your audience will never forget! "Just like watching a show at Disneyworld." Art Teacher, Malta Ave School, Ballston Spa NY
$501- $1000
Mitch Weiss, Martha Hamilton Words Take Wing: An Author's Visit with Martha Hamilton & Mitch Weiss Literature- Authors,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Mitch Weiss and Martha Hamilton are seasoned presenters who have been winning audiences and critical acclaim throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia since 1980. Renowned for their dynamic presentations of world tales and their work in teaching storytelling, they are available for performances, workshops, and extended residencies. Their twenty-one books and recordings have won numerous awards including Parents’ Choice, National Parenting Publications Awards, Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature (from Bank Street College of Education), and the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award. A typical comment after a school visit is: 'Beauty & Beast Storytellers have so much talent wrapped in one package! They are authors, dramatists and educators bursting with energy and enthusiasm. Their books delight all audiences and when they talk their books, it's an unforgettable performance.' Mitch and Martha will get children of all ages excited about reading and inspire them to tell tales in an engaging manner and to write their own stories. Their story collections and picture books appeal to a wide range of ages. Check out their terrific Web site which reflects the quality of their programs and the breadth and depth of their experience.
$501- $1000
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
Schembri, Pamela Teaching Personal Narratives Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Everyone has a special story to share. Many times the assignment comes as a chore for students. Pamela's personal narrative workshop makes the task fun. She moves students beyond the basics of plot, and gets them to enjoy the emotional impact stories create. Using a humorous yet touching story from her own past, Pamela has motivated teens (and adults!) from all walks of life to share their stories.
$351- $500
Wayfinder Experience, Inc. More Precious Than Gold: A Literary Treasure Hunt Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
“More Precious Than Gold” A Literary Treasure Hunt Meet all of your favorite characters from your favorite books in one magical day, as they come to your library for a fun and delightful treasure hunt! Participants will work together to find a treasure that supports or enhances reading- library cards, bookmarks, books, etc. Combine your love of reading with your keen wits, and answer riddles brought to you by characters from Alice in Wonderland, Winnie the Pooh, Harry Potter, and many more! The Wayfinder Experience is an organization designed to supply a safe environment in which participants may delve into deeper levels of teambuilding, cooperative play, and improvisational theatre. Wayfinder runs summer camps, arts education programs, birthday parties, literacy enhancement events, corporate training seminars, and special events. For more information, please visit our website: www.wayfinderexperience.com.
$201- $350
Theater, Open Hand Monkey Business Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
With its interactive play stage, Open Hand Theater engages children ages pre-K - 2nd grade in their own performance of the well-loved story, Hats for Sale. In our version each monkey is a vowel sound. With puppets and a stage, sounds and lots of fun with repetition, children participate in acting out the story.
$101- $200
Gardner, Tom The Tommy Show For Young Children Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Tom Gardner of The Uncle Brothers, aka 'Tommy' has been performing for children 2-10 for years with an interactive sing along concert. Standards as well as his popular orginals are a hit with younger children. Please note that Tommy's program can be custom tailored for whatever age crowd attends his concerts.
$201- $350
Martin, Rafe Rafe Martin, Author & Storyteller Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Rafe Martin's programs encompass the power of both writing and oral performance. They create lasting excitement about reading, writing and stories. Listeners become more aware of story patterns, and the contributions of divers cultures to modern society. Martin demonstrates the power of words to allow each of us to see what our own minds create. Each session includes a performance of one of Rafe's award-winning books and a Q&A.
$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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