Performers and Programs

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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Levine, Gail Carson Books and Writing Literature- Authors
I talk to kids about my books and the writing process, including generating ideas, revising, developing characters. I offer story starters and writing exercises that are fun and useful. I take questions and read from my books. If requested I can critique student writing (in an encouraging way).
$1001- $3000
Riley, Tom HOW TO WRITE ARTICLES FOR FUN AND PROFIT Literature- Authors
I HAVE WRITTEN OVER 1,500 ARTICLE. I TEACH PARTICIPANTS TO WRITE ARTICLES FOR LOCAL PUBLICATIONS ABOUT SUBJECTS THEY KNOW ABOUT. I TEACH THEM HOW TO USE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY TO ENHANCE THEIR ARTICLES. I TEACH THEM HOW TO GAIN WRITING EXPERIENCE AND MONEY FROM WRITING FOR THE INTERNET. I TEACH THEM HOW TO GET A BOOK PUBLISHED AT NO COST. STUDENTS DISCUSS WORK THEY ARE PRESENTLY WORKING ON AND HOW TO TARGET NEW AUDIENCES.
$201- $350
Schotter, Roni You Too Can Be A Writer Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Award-winning author of 28 books, including NOTHING EVER HAPPENS ON 90TH STREET, used by many teachers to model writing, THE BOY WHO LOVED WORDS, winner of the 2006 Parents' Choice Award, and MAMA, I'LL GIVE YOU THE WORLD, winner of Oppenheim Platinum Award. I speak to children as fellow writers and share my passion for the power and pleasure of words and story. I urge children to turn their ideas, events and feelings into stories by observing carefully, using their imagination, and asking, what if? I show my messy notebooks and drafts to emphasize the value and pleasure of rewriting. With fun exercises and writing tips based on my many books, I aim to convince children that writing--whether fiction or nonfiction--is both rewarding and easy.
$1001- $3000
Hartin-Gelardi, Lorraine Be the Hero of Your Own Life…Finding Your Place in Family Stories Life Skills- Other,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Every family has a collection of stories, sayings, photos, objects, memories and customs that make them unique. Storyteller Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi will help children become “story detectives” and search out the answers to questions such as “What was the worst meal you ever cooked?” “What is the best vacation you had as a family?” “How did you get your name?” Children will develop techniques for exploring family history and ways to share their stories with others.
$101- $200
Szydlowski, Mary Everything you've always wanted to know about self-publishing an eBook but were afraid to ask! Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Literature- Other
We will discuss how to self-publish an eBook. The special formatting and other requirements needed when uploading to Kindle Direct, Barnes and Noble's Nook Press, Apple iBookstore, etc. The pros and cons of uploading your work yourself as opposed to using companies such as Smashwords, Lulu or Bookbaby, which don't charge you anything until you've made a sale. We'll also look at companies that charge for their services up front. We'll go over the various royalty arrangements, the countries where your book might be sold, and whether or not you should sell your work exclusively through one publishing program to the exclusion of others. We'll discuss the importance of cover art and thumbnails in selling a book, and where to go to find it. We'll discuss marketing your work and the common mistakes that can cost you sales and turn off readers.
$201- $350
McGrath, Cathy “POLLY PUT THE KETTLE ON” INTERACTIVE RHYMES, SONGS, GAMES Health & Fitness- Other,
Literature- Other,
Music
This is a delightful collection of the most treasured nursery rhymes, imitation songs, finger plays, action songs and musical games for the younger visitors to the library and their families. Cathy rekindles the joy of traditional musical activities that enhance learning: singing, dancing, reciting, moving in circles, playing active games, smiling, and cooperating with each other. The dancing limberjack toys are always featured for simple and captivating fun. An experienced folk music performer and family literacy teacher, with a specialty in traditional American singing games, Cathy uses guitar, banjo, limberjacks, flute, and penny whistle in her programs which are tailored for specific age groups. “This program is perfect for preschoolers!” said Robin Benoit of Fairport Public Library. (An additional version has been created as a family concert for audiences of all ages).
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - FLY GUY & OTHER STORIES Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
A new musical revue based on favorite children’s books. Book titles subject to change. Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl (by Tedd Arnold) Diary of a Worm (by Doreen Cronin) Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig (by Kate McMullan) Horace & Morris But Mostly Dolores (by James Howe) Kitten’s First Full Moon (by Kevin Henkes) Lilly’s Big Day (by Kevin Henkes) Paper Bag Princess (by Robert Munsch)
$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
!, 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
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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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