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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Manning, Kevin Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe Media- Photography,
Nature- Other,
Science
I offer this fun-filled and exciting workshop engaging people of all ages in comprehending and appreciating the wonders of the universe. Astrophysicist Kevin Manning, a former consultant with NASA, has always been passionate about astronomy, and wants to share the excitement with you! Over the next 1 ½ - 2 hours, you’ll learn about the size and scale of the universe, the stars, and other celestial wonders using hands-on activities and assorted visuals. Following the presentation, a powerful telescope will be set up in the courtyard or parking lot for viewing the rings of Saturn and other beautiful objects in the night sky, weather permitting.
$201- $350
Tincknell, Roger Earth Rhythms: Songs for the Environment Music,
Nature- Environment,
Science
From rain forests to recycling, conservation to compost, Earth Rhythms journeys from our own backyard to around the world with a variety of musical styles and instruments. Performed on a variety of stringed, wind, and percussion instruments, Earth Rhythms is also a multicultural journey to many lands. Hear songs, animal stories, legends and facts to the accompaniment of the Aztec rain stick, Inca flute, Russian balalaika, African drum, banjo, guitar and mandolin. The audience participates in singing, moving, and playing percussion instruments. A good fit for 2013 Summer Reading.
$201- $350
Morse, Andy DIG INTO READING WITH SONG Literature- Authors,
Music,
Nature- Animals
Andy's 2013 program Dig Into Reading with Song is an interactive musical journey using songs and story books at the same time. Many different stories will be sung while volunteers take turns turning the pages. Call and response songs, movement, rhyme and much more will be covered.
$351- $500
Agostino, Christopher Christopher Agostino's StoryFaces - Transformations Storytelling Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Christopher Agostino’s StoryFaces is a very different kind of a show. Audience volunteers are brought on to the stage and facepainted very quickly to illustrate the stories he tells. The amazing facepainting holds kids attention while they listen to folktales from around the world and his original tales. With his extensive repertoire of stories he can perform successfully for any size audience and any age: kids, teens and adults. In most shows he paints 8 to 12 volunteers while mesmerizing the audience with a theatrical storytelling style and tales that range from the comic adventure of the first time a man met a crocodile to the heroic tale of the boy Punia and the King of the Sharks. Spoken word and painted faces combine in a unique performance art, as author and artist Christopher Agostino illuminates ancient traditions to completely engage modern audiences. It’s surprising and delightful theater for any age. Several themes are available and special shows can be crafted to feature specific cultures and special topics. Discounts available for libraries on certain dates. Learn more at: http://agostinoarts.com/StoryFaces See video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Snc0ndU-LBk
$501- $1000
Rogers, John ALL ABOUT BLUEBIRDS - and MORE Nature- Animals,
Nature- Other,
Science
Learn about New York State’s official bird, the Eastern Bluebird, from a recognized expert. This highly acclaimed program about nature is educational, creative, and fun. Program content and length can be customized for children, adults, or families. John Rogers maintains hundreds of bluebird nest boxes, and has fledged over 13,000 bluebirds. The focus is on bluebirds, including the nesting cycle (building nests, egg laying, raising young etc.) and the proper use of bluebird boxes. But, there is more, too. Mr. Rogers opens young and older hearts and minds to bluebirds, other birds, butterflies, wildflowers, and nature appreciation and exploration in general. Using visually beautiful photographs, creative animations, bird sounds, and a sincere, enthusiastic presentation style, this PowerPoint program has delighted and educated people throughout NY State. The children's program is especially interactive and engaging, with children being encouraged to share their nature experiences. Examples of excellent books on bluebirds encourage further reading. As an option, a build-your-own bluebird box program (for all age groups) with all materials provided is also available. (see listing)
Up to $100
Keeffe Schwartzman, Gigi EARTH IS A GIFT Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Gigi® and Family from the highly acclaimed Gigi® and the Lend Me a Hand Band® lead a wonderful interactive celebration of our planet through story and song. Songs and stories cover many different cultures and the various inhabitants of our planets. The music is a compilation of original and traditional songs sung and accompanied by Gigi® on acoustic/electric guitar and Granny Franny on Synthesizer. Children are offered multiple avenues of participation through either taking part in stories involving chants, playing specific instruments, play acting parts with puppets and/or acting as action leaders to the songs. A favorite for Earth Day or programming of mixed ages, this program can easily be adjusted for all children and their families.
$351- $500
Keeffe Schwartzman, Gigi ROCKIN' IN THE OCEAN (full band) Music,
Nature- Environment,
Nature- Marine Life
Rockin’ in the Ocean” is a rollicking collection of Rock, Swing and Doo-Wop songs about Sea Mammals and other ocean inhabitants from a highly interactive show written for Elementary School children and their parents and teachers at the request and under the guidance of the New York Aquarium. Gigi, a multi-award winning singer, was asked by the Aquarium to write and produce a show celebrating Sea Mammals in a fun and stylized form reminiscent of blasts from the past, and “Rockin’ in the Ocean” is the result Gigi® and the Lend Me a Hand Band® is a multi-generational musical troupe dedicated to bringing joy to young audiences through musical merriment, theatre and literature. Whether it’s purely for entertainment or used as a means to educate children, music is a powerful force that gets kids of all ages involved and creates a memorable experience for them. Making it interactive, through songs and games set to music, has been integral to the success of the band and one of the keys to unleashing the imagination of their rapt listeners!FULL BAND - FOUR (USUALLY DURING WEEK) TO SIX PLAYERS (EVENINGS & WEEKENDS) DEPENDENT UPON AVAILABILITY.
$501- $1000
!, briz EARTHSONGS-(Saving the Environment Through Music) National Tour Music,
Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment
Earth friendly songs and a powerpoint slide presentation interspersed with environmental narratives makes this an entertaining and educational show. Briz presented a wonderful,entertaining and informative program to all 900 students in our school. His presentation left the students wanting more. -Marilyn Katz-Vice Principal Lawrence Intermediate School
$201- $350
Kuhn, Lindsay Chrysalis Ornaments Nature- Animals,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Using a real butterfly chrysalis, string an ornament and see if it hatches on your special day! Great for the holiday season. Butterfly education and cage instructions included. Suitable for 2014 Summer Reading Program
Up to $100
Cavanaugh, Deb Creepy Crawlers - Catch the Reading Bug 2008 Music,
Nature- Animals,
Science
Sing along, play percussion instruments and enjoy moving around as we use our imaginations to bring these songs about insects, crawdads and other creepy crawlers to life at your library. This program may also include looking at books and can be presented with or without supplemental educational materials. It is perfect for the 2008 Summer Reading Program theme, Catch the Reading Bug. Catch Cavanaugh & Kavanaugh!
$351- $500
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