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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Riley, Tom ORPHAN TRAIN RIDERS Genealogy,
Literature- Authors,
Visual Arts- Other
ORPHAN TRAIN RIDERS----I am the author of 4 books on the subject. The largest mass relocation of children in America took place during the orphan train era 1854-1929. Over 400,000 children were transported by rail out of NYC and major cities. They were America's first foster children. I do a lecture/video presentation. Life in the 19th Century could be brutal. When adults fell victim to alcoholism, job loss, or drugs, the children were the first to suffer.
$201- $350
Brian Chevalier, Susan Hamlin & Reading ROCKS!! Literature- Authors,
Literature- Other,
Music
*Upbeat, totally engaging reading show for all ages! PARP Parents as Reading Partners Kickoff or Finale Assembly. Award winning songwriters. Also Workshops for the classroom.
Rock the Magic of Reading & Literacy with this upbeat, original musical 45 minute assembly program for your school or library.
'We try to do themes that get kids excited and interested in reading,' say Brian and Susan. Instill a lifelong love of reading in children. Songs about Clifford the Big Red Dog, Harry Potter and Amelia Bedelia have kids singing along and turning the pages.
*Perfect for your PARP (Parents as Reading Partners) kickoff or finale.

*Reading ROCKS!! rocks with humor, sincerity, inclusiveness, fine original music, great performances and non-stop enthusiasm. For busy teachers and parents, it's easy: We'll arrive ready to tie in to your existing literacy program. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the fun... and the results!
$501- $1000
Zalben, Jane Writing and Illustrating Children's Books Literature- Creative Writing,
Museums,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Creating a children's picture book from the beginning idea to final bound book. Support materials demonstrate the stages: sewing a 32-page book dummy, making original art, galleys, press sheets, manuscripts with editorial comments to show the re-writing process. I also do writing workshops on middle-grade novels besides doing art and writing at the elementary grade level. I have had over 50 books published for different age groups.
$351- $500
Ehlert, Dave Mark Twain, 100 Years Later History,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Mark Twain tells his own story from River Boat Pilot to America's Favorite Storyteller. Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and other characters from Twain's books are brought to life. Twain's quips are interwoven with historical references of his time.
$351- $500
Rogers, Robert Aesop's Fables Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
Take pride in who you are, even if you are slow as a tortoise; don't be greedy, and practice what you preach. These are some of the lessons taught in five of the most delightful and timeless stories by the ancient Greek writer, Aesop. These two thousand year old stories have been told around the world for generations. This version by Robert Rogers includes, How the Tortoise beat the Hare, The Fox and the Grapes, The Mother and Son Crabs, The Lion and the Mouse, and The Monkey and the Jar of Peanuts.
$351- $500
Ceceri, Kathy Video Game Design: Games for Good with Author Kathy Ceceri Literature- Authors,
Media- Other,
Science
What makes video games so much fun? Learn the tricks game developers use to keep players interested and excited through difficult challenges. Participants will work as a team to design their own game -- one that might make the real world a better place. They'll also explore some of the free online resources they can use to use to program their own games (and learn some basics coding concepts in the process). Kathy Ceceri is the author of more than a dozen books of hands-on STEAM projects, including 'Video Games: Design and Code Your Own Adventure' from Nomad Press.
$351- $500
Knight, Leonora Books Alive Interactive Concert Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Children join Lee Knight on stage to sing, dance and perform songs written to their favorite stories. Props, puppets and costumes are used to enhance creative, imaginative play. All music is original, multi-cultural and fully orchestrated. All songs are written for children to easily sing along or echo, but are rhythmically stimulating and musically sophisticated. Children will love being part of the show! Shows for all age groups available.
$351- $500
Sardelli, Darren Family Poetry Night Literature- Authors,
Literature- Poetry,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
FAMILY POETRY NIGHT is a family show that combines poetry, comedy, motivational speaking, interaction, and fun. Darren shares the inspirational story of how he became an author, shows the audience the cool books his poems are featured in, and demonstrates what people can accomplish by working hard and believing in themselves. As he performs his poems, he engages students and their parents in various ways... they might ask and answer questions (related to Darren’s poetry), figure out the endings to his poetry riddles, act out and sing Darren’s poems together, contribute ideas for an On-The-Spot Freestyle Poem, and be floored by his surprise endings. This program brings families together and keeps them laughing the entire time!
$201- $350
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
Tomecek, Stephen Inventing A Better World History,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors
Science celebrity and award-winning author Steve The Dirtmeister Tomecek takes a wild and wacky look at the history of inventions. Drawing on his book, What a Great Idea, Inventions That Changed the World, Steve engages participants with stories of great inventors and inventions.This high-energy show is especially designed for family audiences and encourages participants to explore their inventive side by challenging them to create and construct some inventions of their own. Beginning with early stone tools, participants discover how simple machines such as the wedge, lever, and inclined plane were used by our ancestors to not only put food on the table, but help them build some extraordinary structures, many of which are still standing today. Traveling through time, we look at how simple advances in building techniques coupled with the wheel and axle helped to propel people forward and make the industrial revolution possible. We conclude with the fascinating story of the development of electricity and how it opened the door for everything from light bulbs and motors to cellphones and lasers. After the presentation Steve will be available to meet and greet audience members and autograph copies of some of his books.
$201- $350
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