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TheatreworksUSA, - JOHNNY THE K Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Audiences across the country are going wild for award-winning singer/songwriter Johnny the K’s fun-filled, interactive, thoroughly captivating performances, including CITIZENS OF THE WORLD; I CAN, I AM, AND I WILL; TURN THE WORLD AROUND; YOU CAN SAY NO and A FAMILY NIGHT TO REMEMBER.
$1001- $3000
DeLuca, Michael Yello Dyno Safety Party Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Other,
Presented in a fun non-fearful fashion the fully scripted assembly program uses the Yello Dyno Puppet, bright visuals, and entertaining songs to help young children K-2 relax and laugh as they learn personal life skills that will last a lifetime. The benefits of the program include: education without fear through music, assuring easy learning and high recall; and learning to recognize the deceptive behavior of people who mean them harm and how to recognize the tricks of tricky people.
$351- $500
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Laura Ingalls Day Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Animals,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Laura Ingalls Day is a compilation of programs normally taught in a 1 hour block, designed for a kickoff or finale to summer reading, or an event that will bring in patrons during the winter. Starting with sugaring off, we will make sugar on snow, then move onto fresh butter, cheese, and sourdough bread. Next we will plant a garden on the library grounds or start transplants for growing on the windowsill. We can wash up with home made old fashioned lye soap, and hand dip candles. Wrap it all up by meeting farm animals and learning to care for them just like Laura and Mary. Based on book: Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, this program can incorporate reading the book and eating between stations. The program can last 4-8 hours, depending on age group and individual or combinations of stations.
$501- $1000
Cavanaugh, Deb Express Yourself in Song (For the 2009 Summer Reading Program) Life Skills- Other,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Through the use of rhyming exercises and brainstorming techniques, groups of teens can work together on lyrics. If time permits, we will set those lyrics to music. A longer and more in-depth program can be arranged. A recording of any final performance on CD can also be made available for each participant and one for the library.
$201- $350
Smith, Diana Diana Rockwell, Ventriloquist Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
I have multiple programs to choose from. For libraries, I take any story you like and turn it into an unforgettable ventriloquist act. I have 13 different characters to choose from and you pick the story we read! I also bring improvised comedy into my act and I have had very successful results!
$201- $350
Tolliver, Lisa FoolProof Financial Education (for high school and college-aged people) Life Skills- Finance,
FOOLPROOF CURRICULM: 5 lesson units are delivered via a combination of live presentations, highly interactive online modules and dynamic websites with follow-up classroom work, and assessments. Unit details are presented below: I: When It Hits the Fan - You and Your Money & Introduction to FoolProof [90-120 min] II: Breathing Without Air - An introduction to the importance of credit and making wise credit decisions [Works with Module III, 90-120 min] III: Kick Some Buck - Continuation of the exploration of credit. Examines individual responsibility for credit decisions. [Expands upon Module II, 90-120 min] IV: Road Trip - Explores checking accounts, debit cards, and banking. Can be used as the full curriculum for checking accounts, debit cards and banking. By adding printed personal fiance worksheets, this module can cover five classroom sessions. [W/ interactive homework skills module, 135-180 min] V: Sucker Punch - An extensive look at credit cards. [w/ interactive homework skills module, 135-180 min] TOTAL PROGRAM DURATION: 9-12 hours
$201- $350
Hunt, Kathryn Tween / Teen Job Style Workshop Life Skills- Other,
Literature- Other,
Media- Other
Job seekers meet with an experienced recruiter to improve their career style skills. Discover personal branding and how to use it for career growth. Topics include: *Resume Writing *Interview Preparation *Dressing for Success Attendees receive workbook and resources for additional information
$101- $200
TheatreworksUSA, - The Balsters' THE WIZARD'S APPRENTICE Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic
Tim and Robin Balster present an all-new magic spectacular. Join Harriet Peabody as Willard the Wizard of Wisdom teaches her that the greatest secrets to magic and life is to possess good reading skills and to know how to find the books she needs. With its large illusions and innovative masks, this is an audience-participation treat for all!
$1001- $3000
Collins, Dawn Introduction to Aromatherapy Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Other,
An introduction to the art and science of aromatherapy, the history, and appropriate methods of use and safety precautions. An explanation of what are carrier oils,essential oils, flower essences, single notes and blends, where do they come from, and how are they made. There will be a display of types of actual diffusers and information about nebulizers and techniques of use. Recipes for diffusing for special purposes will be shared on handouts and participants may have the option of making a blend combining essential oils and an organic lotion or cream to use as a body or hand lotion. For seniors, an aromatherapy trip down memory lane may be especially fun. A comparison of scents will invoke different scent associations. Participants will record their memory associations and their preferences and be encouraged to share their comments.
$101- $200
Zupp, Brad FUNance For Kids Life Skills- Finance,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Performing Arts- Theater
In one assembly, students learn the importance of math, even if they hate fractions! Far from a boring lecture about what kids “should” do, “FUNance-Where Fun and Finance Collide” keeps kids laughing and amazed with comedy, juggling, magic, circus skills and mini game shows as they learn financial concepts such as: Financial Goal Setting; Living Within Your Means; The Importance of Saving; Needs Vs. Wants; Compound Interest; Where Money Comes From (and Goes); Inflation, Saving Vs. Investing, and much more. Perfect for family audiences (the adults might learn a thing or two as well) and kids grades K-6. Brad Zupp created “FUNance For Kids” from a deep understanding of both entertainment and finance. His years of experience as a financial planner and world-renowned performer make him uniquely qualified to teach kids financial literacy. View reviews, more details and a preview video at:
$501- $1000
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