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Description
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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
Bromka, Sondra & John 'One World, Many Instruments' Concert Show & Tell for Children, Families Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Science
Created of wood, bone, skin, metals, and earth, it is an amazing thing to behold the many ways people around this globe have used nature’s materials to bring forth music! The Bromkas have a long history of first-hand explorations and experimentations with world music in its many forms. Their extensive travels have lead them to play a variety of truly exotic instruments, from a great many different countries and cultures. Audiences love their hurdy gurdy, hammered dulcimer, the wide variety of bagpipes, mandolins, cittern, and Celtic harps. This musical journey travels to the far reaches of Asia, to include the magical Chinese Harp called “guzheng” and “erhu” fiddle, Turkish oud & baglama, Mideastern zither “kanun,”and a raft of percussion and other rare instruments! Hear stories for each of their instruments and musical selections, be it travels in Europe and Asia, gifts from mysterious strangers, or the instruments built in the Bromkas' own studios. This multicultural musical journey is a fascinating, fun learning experience for folks of all ages.
$351- $500
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Dig - In Gardening Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Gardening,
Science
During the program, the presenter will help patrons plant their own square foot garden, using heirloom seeds. A 4x4 square area can be tilled on library grounds with permission prior to the program for a garden site, or an alternative will be to use a box demo garden to inspire patrons of all ages to be aware of where their food comes from and to eat local. I will also talk about heirloom seeds and seed saving, do it yourself vertical hydroponics, and environmental conservation. Some libraries are hosting a community seed swap after the program to increase plant diversity and availability of great food for all. I think this is an AWESOME idea! This program is suitable for the 2017 summer reading program.
$101- $200
Ceceri, Kathy Paper Inventions STEAM Workshop for Makers and Artists Media- Other,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
STEAM educator Kathy Ceceri, author of the book 'Paper Inventions' from the publishers of MAKE magazine, will show kids how to create simple machines, structures and even electronic circuits using paper as a construction material! Choose from a variety of projects for this hands-on workshop, including Light-Up Paper Art and a paper geodesic dome big enough to crawl in, as well as traditional papermaking. Kathy is an expert on low-tech/no-tech ways to teach kids about electronics, robotics, and engineering. Her award-winning titles include 'Making Simple Robots' from Maker Media and 'Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future' and 'Video Games: Design and Code Your Own Adventure' from Nomad Press.
$201- $350
Pelc, Cindy and Jim Balloon Crazy Science,
Visual Arts- Other
Option 1: What, Why, How, Where? What are balloons made of? Where do they come from? Science, environment, art all covered in this lively discussion of balloons types & inflators. Flying, silly, whistling balloons. Multiage Group: All children will leave with a balloon animal. A balloon house may be built and left in the library, dependent on space available. This program can be repeated each year as we then change the information portion of the program to how to build with balloons, magic with balloons, balloons to tell a story, etc. Option 2: Hands on Lecture. Students with parents to help, or students old enough to bend & twist a balloon by themselves without parent. Limit 25-30 students. Entertainer provides balloons.
Up to $100
Brickman, Robin Art to Wear: Animals, Insects, or Flower Pins Nature- Environment,
Science,
Visual Arts- Other
Robin Brickman, an award-winning book illustrator, will teach an art class based on natural science. Everyone will use coloring supplies on paper, cutting and shaping his or her piece, and then adding a pin to its back. The pins can be made into any natural item, such as flowers or insects. They can be lovely or quirky. Accuracy will be encouraged.
$351- $500
Ceceri, Kathy Start a Mini Makerspace for Kids Literature- Creative Writing,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
You don't have to be an engineer to bring hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math programs to your library, school, or at home. Kathy Ceceri, author of the best-selling activity books 'Robotics: Discover the Science and Education of the Future' and 'Paper Inventions,' will share low tech/no tech ideas to help get kids designing, building, and inventing! Find out about the best materials and tools to have on hand for different ages, abilities, and budgets, as well as where to find simple project ideas and resources for further exploration. Kathy has presented hundreds of fun hands-on learning programs for kids around the Northeast, and consulted with schools, libraries, and makerspaces on how to create great hands-on learning environments for all ages. Her articles and projects have appeared in Make Magazine, Wired, Disney's FamilyFun and About.com's Homeschooling page. She is co-producer of the Troy Mini Maker Faire and a popular speaker at Maker Faires across the country.
$201- $350
Ceceri, Kathy DIY Electronic Music and Programming for Teens Music,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Teens will explore the science behind recorded music, electronic music, and computer-generated music with projects from the book Musical Inventions by author/educator Kathy Ceceri. Options include: Build a Paper Record Player -- Teens will discover the history of recorded music and make a simple turntable that plays vinyl LPs to take home. DIY Audio Speakers and Mics -- Teens will learn about electrical circuits as they build simple working speakers and microphones to take home. Electronic Music Board with Makey Makey and Scratch (computers required)-- Teens will learn about circuits and coding when they work in teams to build and program a musical surface you can play with your hands or a toy car or robot. Kathy Ceceri is the author of over a dozen books of hands-on learning projects for kids. Her titles include Paper Inventions, Fabric Inventions, Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future, Video Games: Design and Code Your Own Adventure, and Micronations: Invent Your Own Country and Culture.
$351- $500
Cavanaugh, Deb Creepy Crawlers Music,
Nature- Animals,
Science
Sing along, play percussion instruments and enjoy moving around as we use our imaginations to bring these songs about insects, crawdads and other creepy crawlers to life at your library. This program may also include looking at books and can be presented with or without supplemental educational materials.
$201- $350
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Sugaring Off - Making Maple Syrup Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Other,
Science
Learn how to tap maple trees properly, different methods with pros and cons. How to store and process sap, measure brix, and grade maple products. Science of sugar discussed, with chemistry. Best of all, live demonstration with partially boiled sap to reduce waiting time, kids can watch syrup finish and taste when cool as sugar on snow. May be done any time of year, ice shavings can substitute for snow in summer.
$101- $200
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