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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Zawaski, Gloria How to open the door to your imagination Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Middletown author Gloria Smith Zawaski has written The Undercover Kids’ Holland Adventure series. The program she introduces to students, with its creative online interactive component and accompanying short story contest, makes this a perfect addition to school programs. Gloria and her characters (as puppets), Katie, Jake and their dog Cooper are available to visit schools. The title of her presentation is “How to open the door to your imagination.” Gloria’s 40-minute presentation is lively, giving the students the opportunity to think about what their Undercover Kids’ Adventure will be all about. The program has been developed for grades 4 through 6. And the books are available for sale at your school and the author will do a book signing. It works great because the program is based on the New York State curriculum guidelines. There is a 40-page Teacher Resource Guide available for download. It is great for cross curriculum programming. According to Gloria, “Children's lives are often too programmed. The Undercover Kids have a chance to lead authentic lives...learn from their own adventures...make their own decisions.”
$501- $1000
Siy, Alexandra Author Visit: Mars Road Trip! Literature- Other,
Media- Photography,
Science
Images from my book, CARS ON MARS, are featured in this interplanetary road trip. Stunning photography taken by the rovers themselves transport children to Mars where they learn about the geology, climate, and natural history of our closest neighbor in space. Children use their imaginations as they explore Mars with the help of maps, music, and snacks--basic necessities on any road trip!
$351- $500
Connolly, Carol Spooktacular Songs and Stories Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tales ‘n Tunes will treat you to some slightly shivery tales and spooky songs! No trick! Enjoy a performance which includes tales and tunes that will provide a balance of fright and delight for a family audience. This sing-along, clap-along high-participation show, will feature silly spooks and elicit ghostly giggles as the performers give young listeners and their families a witchy brew of Halloween fun.
$201- $350
Dentino, Bart Rock 'n Roll Reading Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This program offers a three step approach for audience members to seek out literature that interests them as a catalyst to creating intrinsic motivation to read. The steps are: 1. Evaluate what things you are interested in as a person. 2. Research what resources are available to help you find literature that covers those interests. 3. Seek out the people that can help you acquire that material. (Librarians, parents, teachers, friends, etc.) This message is reinforced with award-winning original children's music and contemporary popular music.
$351- $500
Levin, Ira and Julia Music and Poetry of Hafiz Literature- Poetry,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Music and Poetry of Hafiz A colorful pageantry of songs and stories inspired by the 14th century Sufi poet Hafiz. Hafiz, who lived in the Persian city of Shiraz 100 years after the poet Rumi, has an amazing ability to lift the listener into a state of joy that overcomes the weariness of the world. into the poetry of 14th century poet, who lived 100 years after Rumi. Inspired by the book of poetry, Hafiz of Shiraz The Gift by Daniel Ladinsky. To hear the music go to: www.soundcloud.com/thelevins Duo, trio or quartet depending on space/budget. Joined by reknowned musicians Natalia Perlaza: Middle-Eastern percussion Mark Dann: Bass, Octive Mandolin We offer price breaks if you book more than one show or have multiple bookings with libraries or venues in your area. Call us at: 510.390-4903 to discuss which show will work best for you. Duo: $250- 450/ Group: $500-800
$351- $500
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
Bromka, Sondra & John ‘Making A Hand-Bound & Hand-Decorated Medieval Book’ Literature- Other,
Visual Arts- Drawing,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Participants will take their inspiration from the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, and learn how to create their own hand-stitched, hand-decorated chapbooks. Best of all, they will discover the important truth that EVERYONE is an artist - it’s just a question of learning these tools of the trade. You will truly be amazed. Note: Everyone knows it is wise to heed your dreams! Our dreams and ideas are rich treasures that deserve special attention, and when recorded in this special book, can serve as inspiration for all manner of creative endeavors. The workshop leader is also a playwright and author, and testifies that the act of writing fleeting dreams and ideas down in a specially prepared book is the surest route to the creation of new plays, poems, and much, much more! A highly adaptable workshop - share your ideas!
$201- $350
!, briz ROCKIN' & READING Literature- Creative Writing,
Media- Other,
Music
Children help me write a song about their library, school or popular book, including chords, melody, lyrics and song title. When finished the kids will perform the song, which I record, master and copy at the conclusion of the show and make the finished CD available to each Library. This program utilizes a number of talents, writing, art and graphic art( for the CD label), music theory, application, production and performance.
$201- $350
Cain, Ron Tune In To Magical Idol Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Turn off the TV. Shut down the PC. And tune up your imagination. It's time for Magical Idol, the new magic show brought to you by Central New York magician Ron Cain. Inspired by the 2005 NYS Summer Reading Program theme Tune in @ Your Library, the show features a variety of magical, musical illusions. Each represents a different literary character. The show ends with audience members voting for their favorites and looking forward to spending more time at the library. 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 Uncle Sam's Old Time Magic Show, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Case of the Missing Bunny, Captain HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, Discover Millennium Magic Show, and Holiday Hocus Pocus.
$201- $350
Stone, Nina Miss Nina Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Miss Nina puts children's favorite picture books to music and brings them to life, and kids cannot get enough! Passionate about children's literacy and reaching all learning styles, Miss Nina engages children with the written word by providing the opportunity to not only listen to stories, but to watch them, sing them and dance them.
$351- $500
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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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