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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Fires, Karin Story Book Friends Literature- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Nature- Animals
You pick the story and read it to your audience. We come in with one of the animals featured in the story and tell about that individual animal, the species in general, native habitat and funny stories. We have several animals who have appeared or regularly appear in Dora the Explorer stories, for example. We have the tortoise and the hare and many others. If you are interested, please contact me for a complete list of available animals.
$101- $200
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Biophere Projects! Growing Food on Mars and Beyond! Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Gardening,
Science
In the late 1980's, scientists began hypothesizing about growing food in space in preparation for the international space station and colonizing other planets. Biospheres were built and humans volunteered to live in them for 1-3 years at a time to mimic missions to other planets. Scientists studied nutrient requirements of plants, interpersonal relationships between participants, and environmental controls within these closed systems to explore scenarios astronauts might face when colonizing new planets. In this program, the library will build and host its own biosphere so students can learn about these closed systems in real time, and conduct experiments as if they were in space. Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions and to be added to my live booking link and visual catalog. This program is suitable for the 2019 Summer Reading theme.
$201- $350
Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea Turtle Island Medicine Show Multicultural- Native American,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Turtle Island Medicine Show is a contemporary fable and cautionary tale inspired by both the Lenape Indian origin story and by current reports from climate studies. The show features whimsical kinetic sculptures, richly painted paper mache masks and puppet figures that range in size from 12 inches to the 16 foot tall Tree of Life. Composer & music director Dean Jones' inventive score loops together gongs, hoop drum, jaw harp and trombone scats in a medley of live sound. He also supplies voices for narrator and characters. Meanwhile four nimble, shape-shifting performers bring to life the mask and puppet multitudes. The Lenape origin story describes a great flood and how various animals try to dive to the bottom and bring up mud. When one of them, Muskrat, finally succeeds and Duck and Frog spread the mud on Turtle's back, this tiny island grows into a mighty continent. Arm-of-the-Sea carries the tale into the fossil-fueled modern moment where climate change threatens to de-stabilize this Turtle Island home. Appropriate for family audiences and grades 1-8. School performances include a study guide and post performance discussion with cast. Photos and video available at www.armofthesea.org
$1001- $3000
Edgecomb, Diane Tall Fall Tales Literature- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tall Fall Tales brings alive the autumn world of nature with original stories and songs sure to delight both young and old. In the hilarious tale Plenty of Nuts, young Beatrice just cannot sit still in class. In the end, a lesson from a neighborhood squirrel helps her learn how to concentrate. Fall Fire, based on a Native American myth, tells how a friendly beaver painted the trees with autumn's fiery colors. Celebrate fall and New England with this enchanting seasonal performance. 'Thank You for your performance of ‘Tall Fall Tales’ at the Mansfield Public Library last month. The stories were wonderful, and wonderfully presented, with just the right blend of humor, action, and reverence for nature. The audience was entranced. Your program was a perfect way to celebrate autumn, and National Children’s Book Week.' Kitty Schacht, Youth Librarian, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
$351- $500
Dolan, Mary Beth ANIMAL DRAW! Nature- Animals,
Visual Arts- Drawing,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
A wildly funny class for younger artists! Learn how to draw the faces and bodies of several animals. Complex animals are broken down into basic shapes, almost any animal can be created using the methods used in this program. Thinking like an animal, a CD of animal sounds help set the mood for this program. Includes a cool take-home work book, and all supplies. Last five minutes of the program includes a 'stump the artist' drawing game. Ages 5 and up.
$201- $350
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Plant Propagation Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Gardening,
Science
Did you know that plants can grow from cuttings and not just seeds? Would you like to learn how to graft scions and choose root stocks? What hormonal treatments or media should be used to encourage growth, and what is the science behind it? Maybe you do not possess a green thumb, but always dreamed of having a beautiful garden. This program will inspire young and old alike to collect coleus, jade, violet, and other easy to propagate plants, and dive into citrus and other exotics to enrich their lives and give everyone the opportunity to grow an amazing garden. Participants may bring home cuttings and seeds to sow at home or in the vacant lot next door. Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions and to be added to my live booking link and visual catalog.
$101- $200
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Bioshock! Neuroscience for Everyone Health & Fitness- Other,
Nature- Other,
Science
This course is taught with a lecture and lab component. During lecture, students learn about the organization of the nervous system, synaptic transmission, neurotransmitters, and ionic basis for action potentials. These are basic foundations for the science of neurophysiology, which we will be practicing using hands on methods. The lab component involves recording action potentials in real time from an insect, and analysis of the recording to interpret results. Robotic control of an insect using neural circuits and a cell phone usually interest the most hard core bored students! The goal of the class is to interest students in neural circuits and neuroscience! Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions to be added to my live booking link and visual catalog. This program is suitable for the 2019 summer reading program.
$201- $350
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Sheep Shearing and Wool Spinning Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Have a sheep shearing fiber festival right at your library! Learn how shepherds care for sheep from lamb to ewe, and watch one of the flock lose their fleece. Then, make a drop spindle from recycled CD's, and after carding you can spin the wool right from the sheep! This program provides patrons with a working knowledge of sheep breeds and their various uses around the world, and wool and spindle to bring home to keep on spinning! Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions to be added to my live booking link. This program is suitable for 2019 summer reading.
$101- $200
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Navigating the Stars History,
Nature- Other,
Science
Have you ever wondered how ancient people told time? Got from point A to point B without a smart phone or compass? Made it over the underground railroad, or to far away countries over the seven seas? Learn about Nathaniel Bowditch, the father of modern navigation and how he taught illiterate men to calculate from and follow the stars. Learn which constellations matter most in the northern and southern hemispheres. Best of all, take home a star map and learn how to participate in orientiering and other activities in your own neighborhood. Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions and to be added to my live booking link and visual catalog. This program is suitable for the 2019 Summer Reading theme.
$101- $200
Dolan, Mary Beth Let's Get Buggy! Nature- Animals,
Science,
Visual Arts- Other
Created for 2008 summer reading program!!! Learn fun bug facts while creating your own insect friends using polymer clay! A hands-on fun-shop- a great way to use your imagination to make a bug (or two) to take home. Participants will use polymer clay to create a bug, and we'll bake them and they can take them home. while the bugs bake, we will do fun bug-related activities.
$351- $500
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