Performers and Programs

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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Sommerstad, Patricia In the Footsteps of Ruth Life Skills- Food,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Come with me on a unique adventure that's part of New York City's culinary history! Ruth Reichl was the NY Times food critic from 1993-1999, famous for her “populist” reviews of restaurants that everyone could enjoy and afford. Previous Times reviewers had focused on the stuffy, expensive high-end restaurants, but Ruth changed all that! Of the almost 400 restaurants that she reviewed, over 75 are still in business almost twenty years later! In this workshop, with foreknowledge of her (often very funny) reviews, we will walk in Ruth's footsteps to “visit” seven of them. We'll examine what has changed and what remains the same. Then we'll explore the neighborhoods of each, visiting familiar landmarks and discovering off-the-beaten-path attractions, such as rooftop bars and unusual museums, special interest tours and more. You will leave with seven all-day itineraries, seven Ruth Reichl restaurant reviews, and most likely, several prizes! 1 ½ hours. 21 prizes. Handouts
$201- $350
Samarripa, Consuelo Stories with Consuelo/Cuentos Con Consuelo Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Award winning Author with Stories with Consuelo/Cuentos Con Consuelo offers multicultural poetry and storytelling.Consuelo Samarripa shares her Mexican heritage through stories, tales, poetry, and folklore. Unique bilingual blends and noise makers, as well as her use of shawls, add interest to her storytelling style. She also conducts workshops and seminars for children, educators, and adults. Her varied life experiences allow her to relate to audiences through a different perspective-- as a native and a foreigner. The Cuentos Celebration and World Medley programs offer a bilingual blend of folktales and historical stories that may be customized for presenters and their audiences. The Cuentos Celebration consist of various Hispanic tales, folklore, poetry and historical stories. The World Medley program consist of multicultural folktales and folklore, and some Aesop fables. Stories exposing character traits such as loyalty, honesty and integrity are woven into the programs. The repertoire can span through various two hour storytelling concerts. Other programs are available for adult or children's workshops, special holiday events, keynotes, and festivals
$1001- $3000
Vela, Laurie Story Laurie's Stories Literature- Authors,
Media- Other,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Author/Illustrator/BookTelling Performer Laurie Story Vela, M.A. a.k.a. The Mother Goose Rapper presents Laurie's Stories for family audiences and/or preschool and juvenille groups. The shows blend Laurie's all original stories, rhymes, songs and characters in interactive, child-centered FUN that celebrates language and reading FUNdamentals. The audience participates in Laurie's Stories by reading, singing and moving along with the Mother Goose Rapper, Laurie Story and with the Laurie Story Book pages and characters displayed visually onto a big screen. Laurie's e books and characters are also available for free at www.lauriesstories.com in the Leaping Literacy Online Library featuring Laurie StorEBooks. It's super cyber Laurie Stories! We are also branching out our online library to include your children's eBooks ~ get creative and publish one at your library! See our eBook playshop listing and/or eBook creation page onsite. We have dozens of themes available. Our featured 2013 summer 'Digging' programs incorporating music and multimedia BookTelling with Laurie StorEBooks include Growing Gardens Of Words & Dinosaur Book Lore!
$201- $350
Levin, Ira and Julia Poe Show: Lighten Up Edgar! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
A presentation of the lighter side of Poe which includes musical odes to the poet, short stories and humorous adaptations of his poetry set to standards for group sing-a-longs. It is a light-hearted way to celebrate Poe without tearing up the floorboards! Interactive, uplifting and inspiring! www.thelevinsmusic.com
$351- $500
Cain, Ron Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Magic
Meet Central New York magician Ron Cain's new character, Professor GreenPockets, the good-natured dean of green and master of eco-magic. In Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show, Cain catches the reading bug and makes him the star of the show! This entertaining, educational revue also features magic with a spelling bee, bookworm, flea circus, counting ladybug & caterpillar-turned-butterfly. As always, Ron uses humor and illusion to promote the value of reading and the importance of visiting your local library. The show highlights the state reading program theme, Catch the Reading Bug. 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 Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show, The Magic of Being Green, Tune In To Magical Idol, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Case of the Missing Bunny, Captain HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Discover Millennium Magic Show and Holiday Hocus Pocus.
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane Digging Dinosaurs Literature- Authors,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
These popular dinosaur adventures complement their scientific facts with a happy dose of humor. Dinosaur lovers of all ages will enjoy the colorful posters, Dinosaur Sign-Language and participation that keeps audiences engaged and asking for MOOORE! Two original stories are included. Pattysaurus in which selfish Patty becomes so obsessed with her dinosaur collection that she turns into a gigantic sauropod herself and Egg Mountain in which the audience helps out on this surprise filled journey that leads to the discovery of Egg Mountain and Maiasaura, the first dinosaur known to care for its young. Based on current scientific discoveries, this piece educates as it entertains.
$351- $500
Vela, Laurie Story E Book Publishing PlayShop: YOUR StorEBooks! Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Drawing
This is our young authors eBook publishing playshop! Send ripples of local literacy through your community with eBooks of creativity from your library! Participants will create a simple page of illustration and writing for the group book either with our templates or from scratch. It is recommended that these be started ahead especially if not working with our templates, but pages can be done in the workshop. We take digital images/scans of their work, record their voice reading their page and put it all together for YOUR EBook! You will receive a CD with their creation in 3 formats: a pdf, video book, and an mp3 audio book. You can publish their book to your library's website! And with your permission, we will publish it in our Kids Branch of the Laurie's Stories Leaping Literacy Online Library. Works great in conjunction with our BookTelling performances & with your local schools; book with us during our fall or spring tours! Our featured 2012 summer program is Laurie's Bedtime Stories incorporating music and multimedia BookTelling with Laurie StorEBooks like Armadillo On My Pillow & Red Fred's Red Bread Bedspread!
$201- $350
Rivest, Robert Learn, Laugh and Let go! Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Mime
A humorous look at the stresses of modern life and what we can do about it.. Through comedy, insight, and interaction, Robert Rivest shares his tried and true methods of stress reduction. This series of mime, theater and Improv stories offers both comic relief and practical stress relieving techniques. Robert Rivest has the audience entertained and enthralled as he explores how to build concentration, calm the body and quiet the mind. Learn, Laugh, and Let Go. With Robert’s down-to-earth sense of humor and engaging style,audiences of all ages find stress reduction natural and easy. Robert Rivest comically explores: •  Positive and Negative Stress •  Perception & Perfection •  Adjusting to Change •  Positive Self Talk •  Test Taking •  Breathing Deeply •  Humor Perspective Awareness •  Re-energizing Body & Mind
$351- $500
McEntee, Robert Discover the Magic of Reading! Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Discover the Magic of Reading! can fill your library with thrilled children happily participating in the most amazing program they’ve ever seen! Children LOVE the magic, parents LOVE the positive messages, and Library directors LOVE the resulting increased book circulation!... The show combines amazing magic, lots of audience participation, age appropriate humor, storytelling with reading promotion, a magical game and typically a breathtaking musical routine with mesmerizing special effects! For slightly larger budgets, we can add spectacular illusion(s), such as, floating a child in the air, sawing somebody in half or making them magically appear to introduce the show. Children also go crazy for an incredible animated talking picture! This is an incredibly easy, fun way to hook kids into reading, and get them excited about your Summer Reading Club for example! Not just reading, but checking out & reading both fiction and non-fiction books. At the end of this exciting adventure I typically give the children a list of topics discussed and popular with youngsters, with their associated Dewey Decimal System Numbers! How many programs get kids to actively learn and use the Dewey Decimal System? Make your library glad!
$351- $500
Cain, Ron Scientific Secrets of Magic Workshop Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Science
Scientific Secrets of Magic reveals the scientific principles behind the tricks of magician Ron Cain’s trade. Children learn simple magic involving chemistry, physics, biology, psychology and math. The Syracuse University graduate and former teacher also offers other workshops that combine class instruction with hands-on activities: IT'S MAGIC! teaches kids to perform magic with ordinary objects like cards, coins and rope. Children learn simple tricks that involve chemistry, physics, biology, psychology and math. CLOWNING AROUND shows them how to have fun with juggling, yo-yos and balloon animals. THE WORLD OF HARRY POTTER gives Hogwarts fans a chance to take magical classes and play wizard games. ENCHANTED CREATURES focuses on the folklore and legends surrounding elves, fairies, leprechauns, trolls, dragons and unicorns. MONSTEROLOGY sheds light on the seven monster families and invites students to use their imagination to create creepy creatures. A GATHERING OF GHOSTS introduces students to classic ghost stories and beliefs. THE WILD, WILD WEST lets children pretend to be cowboys (and girls) and learn about Wild Bill Hickok, Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull.
$201- $350
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