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Vela, Laurie Story E Book Publishing PlayShop: YOUR StorEBooks! Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Drawing
This is our young authors eBook publishing playshop! Send ripples of local literacy through your community with eBooks of creativity from your library! Participants will create a simple page of illustration and writing for the group book either with our templates or from scratch. It is recommended that these be started ahead especially if not working with our templates, but pages can be done in the workshop. We take digital images/scans of their work, record their voice reading their page and put it all together for YOUR EBook! You will receive a CD with their creation in 3 formats: a pdf, video book, and an mp3 audio book. You can publish their book to your library's website! And with your permission, we will publish it in our Kids Branch of the Laurie's Stories Leaping Literacy Online Library. Works great in conjunction with our BookTelling performances & with your local schools; book with us during our fall or spring tours! Our featured 2012 summer program is Laurie's Bedtime Stories incorporating music and multimedia BookTelling with Laurie StorEBooks like Armadillo On My Pillow & Red Fred's Red Bread Bedspread!
$201- $350
Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea Tales from the Odyssey Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Visual Arts- Other
With a cast of colorful characters and deft sleight-of-hand, master puppeteer Patrick Wadden brings to life Homer's ancient epic of Odysseus and his trouble-fraught journey home from the Trojan War. A voyage of two-weeks turns into ten years as capricious gods and wayward mortals thwart the Hero’s passage across the 'wine-dark sea'. The infamous one-eyed Cyclops, the alluring Sirens, six-headed Skylla, and the terrible whirlpool of Charybdis are but a few of the legendary monsters in this timeless adventure story. Through courage, cleverness and determination Odysseus triumphs over these trials and eventually is reunited with his family. Tales From the Odyssey is designed to introduce young audiences (ages 7 & up) and their families to one of the foundational stories of western literature. The visual elements in this poetic presentation are inspired by ancient Greek painted ceramics. Available June -December 2015, the show is well-suited for public libraries and small community venues. In fact, it's a perfect fit for the 2015 Summer Reading Theme: Every Hero Has A Story.
$351- $500
Field, Barb Balloon Art! Performing Arts- Clowning,
Visual Arts- Other
BJ and Company will custom design the right program for your needs. We have worked extensively with children and families and performed hundreds of shows. BJ will encourage the participants to have fun while they use their own creative ideas to design unique balloon sculptures. She will show them how to prepare the balloons and a few different ways to twist them. Then they will need to think and plan ahead. This involves a little bit of painless, hands-on deliberating about dividing and fractions … how much balloon do I have left to twist how many legs??? Although some participants may want to learn how to make a standard balloon dog, BJ prefers to encourage them be creative on their own and see what they can design. We can also add on a brief BALLOON MAGIC SHOW or just perform the show with no hands-on twisting by the audience. THIS PROGRAM IS BEST SUITED FOR SECOND GRADE TO ADULTS. 607-432-0988
$201- $350
Davis, Katie Novel and picture book Author-Illustrator Visit! Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Drawing
Beginning: How to draw great characters, brainstorm, and create a ‘voice’ for characters. Middle: Kids interactively establish plot, setting, and conflict. End: Children edit and re-write the story and create a resolution! Assemblies: Katie teaches story construction, sequencing, how ideas transform from thought to published book. Kids learn to do drawings of emotions, Katie shares her mistakes, and teaches skills students can use when creating their own stories. K-3: Highly interactive: children help write a story; volunteers make different emotional expressions. Katie draws their faces on the characters and together they create a new narrative with emphasis on beginning, middle and end. 4-6: Workshops: brainstorming, plotting, descriptive narrative, and character development. Illustration: teaches kids HOW TO SEE so they’re able to illustrate any story they write. Dear Katie, I'm usually 'ho-hum' when it comes to author visits. You were one to change my mind! You were...the best ever writing session, and I truly mean it! Jayne Pitt, K teacher
$1001- $3000
Dolan, Mary Beth CALLIGRAPHY History,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts,
Visual Arts- Other
Mary Beth brings feather quills, calligraphy dip pens, parchment, and lettering workbook/style sheets and teaches some calligraphy basics. Please be aware that participants will be using old fashioned methods, and the means liquid ink in use in the room the program is held in- see special requirements. Recommended ages 8 and up.
$201- $350
Dolan, Mary Beth Manga Madness Literature- Creative Writing,
Visual Arts- Drawing,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
A great program to bring teens into your library! High-energy artist, MB Dolan, will lead participants through a fun-filled, intense workshop of Manga drawing. Several versions of the program are available: basics of faces and figures, emotions, action poses, character development, story planning and paneling, designing cover art. The participants can actually vote to decide which program we do! Several funny anecdotes are shared, as MB illustrates the do's and don'ts of manga drawing.
$201- $350
Cain, Ron A Magical Museum Show Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Visual Arts- Other
What do you get when you mix the art of magic with the magic of art? Ron Cain’s Magical Museum Show, highlighting the 2009 summer reading program theme Be Creative @ Your Library. Appearing as a magical artist, Ron promotes reading while taking children on a tour of his Magical Museum--where the sole price of admission is your imagination. Illusions illustrate pop art, goofy gadgets, incredible inventions, and a puzzling portrait of Mona Lisa. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron has more than 16 years of experience performing at schools, libraries, companies and festivals throughout New York. He also has appeared on television’s Pappyland and Saturday Showboat. His magic shows with educational messages include Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show, The Magic of Being Green, Tune In To Magical Idol, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Case of the Missing Bunny, Captain HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Discover Millennium Magic Show and Holiday Hocus Pocus.
$201- $350
Dolan, Mary Beth The Great Pictionary Relay Race Health & Fitness- Other,
Literature- Other,
Visual Arts- Drawing
The drawing game Pictionary is mashed-up with Relay racing. Teams play against each other drawing a "round of 12 cards". The typical "all play" category found in original Pictionary is replaced with current popular books, and their characters; the other normal categories of objects, places, celebrities, verbs are also played. The players hand-off the marker as a baton- and the first team to guess all their cards each round wins. Call for more info- as this one is a little involved rule-wise. losing team each round will have to perform some sort of physical exercise (jumping jacks, etc.). Team that wins the most "rounds" of play wins.
$201- $350
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Candle Dipping Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Environment,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Learn to dip candles just like Laura Ingalls did in Little House on the Prairie. Participants are able to choose wax colors, scents, and shapes of candles, and may choose to hand dip or use candle molds. Candles are made from 100% vegetable based waxes with the exception of beeswax. This program can be tailored for young and old audiences alike, and is GREAT FUN! May run over an hour with larger groups, plan accordingly. This program is focused on building a sustainable future and is suitable for the 2017 summer reading program.
$101- $200
Gleason, Mary Fairies and Other Magical Beings Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Visual Arts- Crafts
The magical world of nature fairies and other magical beings comes alive in this storytelling and craft program. Children hear stories about the “little people” that live in the natural world, and then make homes for fairies and other fantasy creatures using materials collected from the natural world.
$101- $200
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* Inclusion in this database does not indicate endorsement of any performer or program by the NYS Education Department, the Office of Cultural Education, the NYS Library or the participating library systems, nor does it eliminate the need for reference checks and appropriate standard screening procedures.


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