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Mankita, Jay Jay's Playful Earth Concert - Build A Better World 2017! Music,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
Designed and constructed from Jay’s most popular songs and stories. Folks are working every day to move this world ever closer to peace, kindness, and a more caring awareness of ourselves, each other, and our natural world. Topics include baseball, dolphins, aliens, rainforests, and dinosaurs, plus time travel, camels, caribou, soap, dreams, and of course, books and libraries! Very playful, with plenty of singing and dancing along!
$351- $500
Whitcomb-May, Andrea Dig It! A Greta Garbage Puppet Show Nature- Environment,
Nature- Gardening,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Greta peeks beneath the surface of dirt and asks- what is dirt and how is it made? Is there “good” dirt and “bad” dirt? Digging into nature’s recycling with worms, the puppets Jasmine & Tessy appear in a simple show about composting. Tessy is shocked & grossed out by the idea of manure & worm poop. Jasmine & the audience do their best to soothe her fears & assure her that worms are busy beneath the surface making new dirt. Worm poop, after all, makes the best soil. Butterfly, ladybug, & worm puppets have guest appearances as they eat, poop, & wander through the flowers. The audience gets to dig in at the finale when Greta opens her compost bin filled with real worms & shares the contents. Hand washing instruction included! Also starring Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. Puppet making workshops available.
$201- $350
Gormont, Bill The Magic of Character Island - Character Development Show Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Join Professional Magician Bill Gormont, as Captain Bill, on a visit to Character Island where he explores The Magic of 8 Big Ideas. He presents an interactive, educational performance blending magical entertainment with valuable ideas for children to live with, and grow through their teen years into caring responsible adults. Captain Bill effectively delivers the message to elementary grades K through 6 as he educates and entertains. Throughout the show, Captain Bill uses fun, laughter, excitement and surprise to reinforce each of the 8 Big Ideas: Be a Friend, Be Responsible, Believe in Yourself, Help Others, Play Fair, Share with Others, Have Tolerance for Others and Work Together. To close the show, Captain Bill and some treasure hunters from the audience magically discover an old map that leads them to a treasure chest hidden on the island many years before. Legend says the chest contains a valuable treasure. Is it gold, silver, diamonds, pearls or money? The visitors to the island are the only ones who can discover the secret. This show is ideal for elementary schools, child development centers and libraries where the focus is reinforcing the fundamentals of youth character development education through fun, experiential learning.
$201- $350
Cain, Ron Captain HurriCain's Seaside Magic Show History,
Nature- Marine Life,
Performing Arts- Magic
As the seagoing Captain HurriCain, Ron Cain promotes reading while celebrating the state's beaches and bodies of water. While telling tales and showing tricks from his travels, Captain HurriCain demonstrates a wacky way with water. Illusions include a container that causes water to disappear and reappear, faucets that defy the laws of nature, and an umbrella that does card tricks. Young audiences also meet Barnacle the Shark and learn about the legend of Champ the sea serpent. 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, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, and the Case of the Missing Bunny.
$201- $350
Miller, Paul Read Yourself Silly Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Juggling
Paul tells the story of how a trip to the circus inspired him to visit his library to learn more about juggling which led to balloons, magic, and the history of the circus. Throughout the performance he models how learning through books can be fun and often times you find things you didn't even know you were interested in! It is an engaging show for all ages (adults laugh as much as the kids!) with lots of audience participation.
$351- $500
Carpenter, Regi Read to the rhythm! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Dance
Read to the rhythm is a high energy program for families that combines stories, music, and dancing.
$351- $500
Cavanaugh, Deb Where in the World Are We? Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
An interactive program of songs and dances from around the world, often sung in those languages. This program includes a PowerPoint presentation showing children from each country, or can be done with each country being marked on a world map with that country's flag as each song is introduced. Countries may include Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, European countries, Russia, and more. Instruments may include fiddle, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, limberjack, banjo, guitar and vocals.
$201- $350
Villa, Anna Maria ITALIAN JAZZ Music,
Performing Arts- Other
ANNA MARIA VILLA IN CONCERT: ITALIAN JAZZ The Italian-born, singer and entertainer will be performing Italian Classics and Pop pieces performed in the style of jazz, sung in Italian and accompanied by extraordinary jazz musicians. Ms. Villa’s style of singing has been described as smooth, elegant, soothing and smoky. Her entertainment approach is sophisticated and fun. In addition to her music career, she is also an actress appearing on numerous TV shows and Film productions. Artist URL:
$1001- $3000
Golden, Gail World of Wonders! Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The Wondermakers perform 3 interactive folktales from around the world! Libraries can select their 3 folktales by requesting The Wondermakers Top 10. The stories to select from are from Puerto Rico, Kenya, Mexico, the USA, England, Japan, Central Africa, Ireland, Russia, and Italy. Whole audience participation as well as audience volunteers who become characters in the stories are both part of the show! The stories are all from library books. The show encourages reading, creativity, and an interest in many cultures. Mime, humor, and colorful props and costumes are all included!
$201- $350
Schaufler, Alison A Christmas Carol Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
This show will be running October 27 - December 21. A Christmas Carol (Recommended K-8th grade) Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is a story that is both timeless and universal. It is the delightful tale of the miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, and his clerk, Bob Cratchit. Through visits from the spirits of the season, Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas. In this charming tale, we hope to educate the students about the class system of Victorian England and encourage them to help others that are less fortunate than they are.
$351- $500
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