Performers and Programs

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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Hoffman, Nan Sing A Story - Read A Song! Literature- Other,
Music,
Nature- Environment
With programs specially designed for libraries, Nan incorporates songs that have been made into books (books that sing), songs made from books, songs based on folk tales and stories, and songs that celebrate reading. Within that framework she offers presentations that focus on several different themes such as reading (SING A STORY-READ A SONG!), folk music (MORE THAN A SONG!), history (SINGING OUR HISTORY), and nature and the environment (SONGS FOR A LIVABLE LAND). Using folk and acoustic music and a variety of songs and instruments, Nan offers presentations that are fun and informative, and encourages audience participation.
$201- $350
Morse, Andy ONE WORLD... MANY SONGS... Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Nature- Animals
Put the zing in sing this summer! For your special theme this year, I offer you my One World.... Many Songs music program. The children and I will explore songs and languages from around the world through singing, dancing, play-acting and story-telling. With insights and humor arising from the interaction and inventiveness of the kids, I use gentle lessons about understanding and caring for our world and each other. 16 years experience as a full time musician/educator. Fees between $475 and $675 block bookings receive generous discounts.
$501- $1000
Lappen, Henry A Passion for Birds Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Science
A Passion for Birds is a comic, interactive, educational show about adaptation. It uses realistic, handmade masks to explore how different species have evolved different shapes and behaviors to adapt to their environment. Combining his passion for nature and performance, Henry weaves through the crowd acting out the birds while explaining the hows and whys of their diverse appearances and actions. Participants get to don the masks and soar as Eagles, swim as Puffins, and stalk as Herons. Henry Lappen has been performing comedy for over 30 years. He has been an avid student of nature since childhood. In this show, he combines his love and knowledge of birds, with his comic timing, and artistry in mask making and performing. Henry studied mime, mask and clowning at California’s Dell’Arte School of Physical Comedy. He is a member of the Hampshire Bird Club and the Northeast Hawkwatch. Henry was a Great Blue Heron in a past life. In this life, he is also a tango dancer!
$351- $500
Hoffman, Bernadette Wildlife Education by Bernie Nature- Animals,
Science
Live animal presentation with three species of your choice. Information is given on the life of each animal including interesting tidbits. Live Animals: Canada Lynx, European Polecat, Chilian Degu, Rainforest Opossum, African Hedgehog, South American Chinchilla, Ring-necked Dove and Yellow-naped Amazon Parrot(talks). Interactive Educational Games - Who's That Tail? Wild Faces, Track Match. More Animal Science and fun facts using three or more animal artifacts including skulls, furs, hides, claws, antlers, horns, eggs or feathers and focusing on a program theme of your choice. Program Themes: Adirondack Animals, Animal Stories, Animals Around the Globe, Antlers & Horns, Aquatic Animals, Burrowing Animals-The Diggers, Claws & Paws, Eggs & Feathers, Endangered & Threatened Species, Gone to the Dogs, Horns of Plenty, Night Animals, North American Species, Marsupials & Down Under, Odd & Unusual, Out of Africa, Predator & Prey, Reptiles, Rodents & Lagomorphs, and Wiley Weasels. Questions & Answer Session Touch & Explore is where you get to feel & examine the animal artifacts up close and touch the presented live animals under supervision. I can tailor my program to fit your audience and/or timing needs. Please visit my website for photos & information.
$201- $350
Gilmore, Kara The Marvelous Mutts Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Other
The Marvelous Mutts library program is as exciting and entertaining as it is educational. Our program offers unique public programming that is valuable for community members of all ages. The Marvelous Mutts is a team of amazing canine athletes led by Kara Gilmore and Nadja Palenzuela. The Marvelous Mutts have wowed crowds throughout the US and South America, rising from humble beginnings to reach the pinnacle of canine athleticism. The team features national and world finalists in canine Frisbee©, agility and dock diving. The Marvelous Mutts’ library shows feature Frisbee©, trick and agility stunts that will keep all ages entertained. Woven throughout these performances are stories of rescue and redemption that teach humane treatment of animals and lessons on dog safety. Our shows feature hands-on participation with The Marvelous Mutts. People of all ages learn about basic pet care and about compassion for animals from our show. No matter how large or small your space may be, or the composition of your community, your patrons will love our show.
$201- $350
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 and enjoyable. 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. With visually beautiful photographs, 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
Sprague, Lindsay Suzy the Speckled Sussex with Chickens Around the World History,
Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Animals
Chickens are fascinating to kids, just ask my daughter Vienna as she walks around with one on her shoulder. Bring real live leashed chickens into your library for a fun filled, cluckingly good time! This program features chickens from around the world; Speckled Sussex from England, Blue Andalusians from Spain, Glossy Black Sumatras, Araucana from South America, Cuckoo Maran from France, and others who lay different colors and sizes of eggs. Learn the history and unique characteristics of these breeds, along with basic animal husbandry skills. Children can pet the chickens and depending on the season we bring baby chicks along. (Don't worry, we bring a droppings mat to protect the floor!) This program is suitable for the 2016 Summer reading program.
$101- $200
Lewis, Alan I Grew Up On A Farm Literature- Authors,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
I am the author of the children's book, I Grew Up On A Farm. I come dressed as a farmer in overalls, straw hat and red handkerchief. I bring with me farm paraphanalia such as; a wooden chicken crate, chicken hook, egg baskets (with wooden display eggs, different colored eggs, large feed sack, realistic toy chickens, and other farm implements. I share stories of my experiences growing up on a farm using the various farm implements while reading my book to the group. It is on Power Point format, so large audiences are not a problem. The book and presentaion are non-fiction and are aligned to the NYS Standards for Social Studies and language arts, K- 4th grade. Free 4 page teachers guide. Check out www.IGREWUPONAFARM.COM
$351- $500
Sprague, Lindsay Traveling Farm Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Animals,
Science
Winterberry farm is a fully operating organic farm located in Binghamton, NY. Our animals participate in an on farm petting zoo and have toured several libraries and schools around the state. I bring a miniature horse, calf, sheep, goat, pig, angora rabbit, peacock, turkey, chicken, duck, and quail; along with anything else that is new or fits in the trailer. Most of our animals are heritage breeds, there is an explanation of the history of the breed, how the animal benefits the farm, what products come from the animal, and general care and management. Kids can pet the animals learn to handle them. This program is suitable for the 2014 summer reading program.
$101- $200
Sieling, Tom Take Tromp Through the Swamp! The world's most fun, lively, and participatory kids' songs - many are even a bit athletic! Health & Fitness- Sports,
Music,
Nature- Animals
Tom performs humorous, VERY participatory (often even a bit athletic!) songs for kids, teachers, and families at schools and libraries. Fun is the guiding principle. He performed 82 programs during the summer of 2016, and has delighted tens of thousands over the past twenty years. He accompanies himself on guitar, banjo and harmonica, and a drum machine helps keep things nice and upbeat. Tom travels with a great sound system for use as needed- it works well outside, too. He can be booked for $275 with no mileage fee ($250 within 90 minutes of Ithaca, NY)- please see below for details. Dozens of area references are available upon request. 'Tom is a wonderfully engaging performer... sure to raise even the most reticent out of their seat! We 'howled at the moon, sang a wild thing tune', and wanted more!' - Nicole Carner, Library Director, Pember Library, Granville 'Tom is masterful both as a musician and in how he relates to his audience... his sense of humor and sheer fun shines throughout it all. He is a winner every time!' Mary Gleason, Children's Librarian, Irondequoit Library
$201- $350
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