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Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Homing Pigeons, A History in Wartime and Peace Health & Fitness- Sports,
History,
Nature- Animals
Our pigeon journey started when one crash landed in my front yard as a teen. Soon my father had built a coop, collected a rag tag crew of breeding birds, and began training drives in preparation for racing. The sport lives on today and has a rich history in both war and peace time. This class includes live birds, learning how to read bands, how to train for racing, and how the racing clock works. Suitable for 2019 summer reading programs.
$101- $200
Morse, Andy READY, SET, SING! Health & Fitness- Other,
Music,
Nature- Animals
Kids, bring your family, friends, caregivers, neighbors and head to your local library on foot, bike or car. Once there, Andy The Music Man will offer an age-appropriate, fun- filled, energetic, educational musical program for pre-schoolers through 3rd graders. Ready, Set, Sing! participants will sing, dance, play-act and hear stories in song as they learn about summer activities, nutrition, vocabulary, transportation, animals and much more. Children will be encouraged at the end of the program to hunt for books about the subjects they have sung about. Ready, Set, Sing! is a great combination for your mind and body.
$501- $1000
Stock, Judy Reading, Rhythm and Rhyme Health & Fitness- Other
Over 30 years of experience providing educational and entertaining music programs focusing on the joy of reading and songs that go with this summer's reading theme.
$501- $1000
Zupp, Brad The Feats of Memory Show (A) Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Other,
Science
Students learn how to triple their ability to remember during one 45-minute assembly (even if they hate studying). Teaching the science of remembering using the performing arts. In this unique assembly, students learn HOW to remember! - Improve test scores, spelling, vocabulary, foreign languages and more. - Increase creative thinking and the ability to visualize as students use the three keys to unlocking their amazing memory abilities. - Boost test-taking confidence and classroom participation when students remember answers easier. - Students understand the science of how the mind forgets and the importance of homework, review and studying - Each performance can be customized for specific grade(s) and with examples of specific areas that need to be addressed as directed by faculty or parents. Available for grades 3 and higher. - This arts in education performance uses theatre, comedy and circus arts to demonstrate keys points and keep the students entertained as they learn - Amazing "feats of memory" impress the students as they see dozens of their names remembered instantly and a random 40-digit number that they provide is memorized in less than 60 seconds, right before their eyes More details, testimonials and a preview video at: www.FeatsOfMemory.com
$501- $1000
McGrath, Cathy “ROLLICKING TEAKETTLE” SUMMER READING PROGRAM Health & Fitness- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Join Cathy McGrath in this highly ACTIVE program of singing games and cherished songs that relate to story books. This program creates exuberant, wholesome fun! The audience members get tootled by a flute, act out multicultural singing games, sing a fun song about borrowing books from the library, play drums and GIGGLE at the dancing limberjack toys. Everyone will clap, sing and dance in a celebration of creative movement, self expression, and friendly cooperation. This program was created especially for the SUMMER READING PROGRAM and ties into the theme of the year. An experienced folk music performer and family literacy teacher, with a specialty in traditional American singing games, Cathy uses guitar, banjo, limberjack puppets, flute, penny whistle and children’s drums in her programs which are tailored for specific age groups. One parent’s response: You can’t help but dance! Another response: As we sang, danced, and clapped our way through a variety of folk music, Cathy's energy and enthusiasm were contagious. What a wonderful way to introduce singing games and our cultural heritage to children. We can't wait to have her back again! ( Sarah Matthews Children's Librarian Wadsworth Library, Geneseo, NY).
$201- $350
Cain, Ron Ron Cain's Olymp-Trick Games Magic Show Health & Fitness- Sports,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Central New York magician Ron Cain takes young readers on an imaginary journey to ancient Greece. His Olymp-Trick Games Magic Show highlights the 2016 summer reading program theme, On Your Mark, Get Set. . . READ! The 45-minute program combines an Olympic-style emphasis on sports with Greek myths and legends. Cain tells the audience he needs help finding the ultimate champion of his Olymp-Trick Games. The contenders are Greek gods, goddesses and heroes. Each must perform a magic trick related to an Olympic event. Children volunteer to play the contestants during the show. Will Heracles (Hercules) best everyone in illusions involving feats of strength? Is Artemis faster at sleight-of-hand than her twin brother, Apollo? Can greedy King Midas magically win the gold in any event? Cain is a former history teacher who recently traveled to Greece to visit Panathenaic Stadium, site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The ancient Greeks valued physical fitness and sports, which prompted them to create the Olympic Games more than 2,700 years ago. They also were great thinkers and writers. Cain hopes his show will inspire young people to visit their local library to read about Greek history and mythology.
$201- $350
Theater, Open Hand The Stonecutter Health & Fitness- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Japanese theater, with bunraque and other forms of puppetry. A contemporary story “The Mountain that Loved a Bird” is woven through this performance about ambition, integrity and caring for ones world. A brief demonstration of different puppet styles follows each program.
$501- $1000
Heitler-Klevans, David & Jenny Movin' and Groovin' at the Library Health & Fitness- Sports,
Health & Fitness- Other,
Music
Interactive musical performance, featuring songs about reading, books, exercise, sports, health, nutrition and balanced living. Two of a Kind gets everyone involved through singing, movement, sign language, lyrics-on-the-spot, puppets and more!
$351- $500
Riley, Tom Living Green Health & Fitness- Other,
Literature- Authors,
Nature- Environment
LIVING GREEN--Is based on Tom Riley's book, THE BIG GREEN BOOK-How the Environmental Decisions We Make Today Will Effect America and the World. This Power Point Presentation is about the environmental issues facing us and how people are coming up with innovative solutions. Change begins when each individual becomes aware of what he/she can do to make our planet more sustainable for future generations. issues discussed are: Global Warming, Over Fishing Will soon Collapse the World's Oceans, Nuclear Proliferation, Desertification, Air and Water Pollution, Smog and Acid Rain, Looming Water Shortages and Green Technology. Solutions are offered and change begins with you.
$201- $350
Dolan, Mary Beth Bogglescotch- a mash up of hopscotch meets the word game, Boggle Health & Fitness- Other,
Health & Fitness- Other,
Literature- Other
Physical fitness meets spelling! The fast-paced spelling/word find game Boggle is combined with the childhood game of Hopscotch. Two or more teams compete against each other to find words on the game boards- and they have to hop from letter to letter to spell out their found word. Each participant hops, spells, and is challenged to think and act fast! Team gaming.
$351- $500
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