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Sieling, Tom Take Tromp Through the Swamp! The world's most fun, lively, and participatory kids' songs - many are even a bit athletic! Music,
Nature- Animals,
Science
Tom performs humorous, VERY participatory (often even a bit athletic!) songs for kids, teachers, and families at schools and libraries. Fun is the guiding principle. He performed 82 library programs during the summer of 2016, and has delighted tens of thousands over the past twenty years. He accompanies himself on guitar, banjo and harmonica, and a drum machine helps keep things nice and upbeat. Tom travels with a great sound system for use as needed- it works well outside, too. He can usually be booked for $275 with no mileage fee ($250 each for within 60 miles of Ithaca or for 3 or more all booked together)- please see below for details. Dozens of area references are available upon request. 'Tom is a wonderfully engaging performer... sure to raise even the most reticent out of their seat! We 'howled at the moon, sang a wild thing tune', and wanted more!' - Nicole Carner, Library Director, Pember Library, Granville 'Tom is masterful both as a musician and in how he relates to his audience... his sense of humor and sheer fun shines throughout it all. He is a winner every time!' Mary Gleason, Children's Librarian, Irondequoit Library
$201- $350
Weaver, Bruce Dig Into Adventures at the Library Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Science
Dig into Adventures at the Library With Ventriloquist Bruce Weaver and his "excavation" crew. Bruce and the gang will be exploring the library for clues about Dinosaurs, Rocks, Recycling, Treasure Hunting, and Adventure. The cast will include Detective Edgar J. Woodley, Chester Hound, Theodore the Vegetarian T-Rex, Louis the Shark, and of course Aunt Gabby. The 45 minute show will include music, ventriloquism, magic, audience assistants, and great family fun.
$351- $500
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Traveling Farm Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Animals,
Science
Winterberry farm is a fully operating sustainable farm located in Binghamton, NY. Our animals participate in an on farm petting zoo and have toured several libraries and schools around the state. I bring a miniature horse, sheep, goat, angora rabbit, goose, turkey, chicken, duck, and guinea hen; along with anything else that is new or fits in the trailer. Most of our animals are heritage breeds, there is an explanation of the history of the breed, how the animal benefits the farm, what products come from the animal, and general care and management. Kids can pet the animals learn to handle them. This program is suitable for the 2017 summer reading program.
$101- $200
ROCK, DINOSAURS, GEMS & OCEANS DINOSAURS ROCK Fossil Adventure Museums,
Nature- Animals,
Science
We bring the museum to you! Giant exhibits & interactive, entertaining performance - 50+ life-size & genuine museum-quality fossils, 5-500 million years old. Topics: extinction theory, plant vs. meat-eaters, fossil formation..Act as paleontologist during fossil dig...Take home genuine specimens like dinosaur bone, shark teeth...16th year. Seen by millions. Clients include Bronx Zoo, National Geographic. Gems Rock and Oceans Rock too.
$351- $500
Ceceri, Kathy Invent an Adaptive Game Controller Disability Awareness,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Teens will learn about hardware and software design for people with disabilities as they prototype and program adaptive game controllers using Makey Makey invention kits and Scratch programming. Kathy Ceceri is the author of more than a dozen books of hands-on STEAM projects, including 'Video Games: Design and Code Your Own Adventure' from Nomad Press. She also offers teen programs on sports and dance game controllers and has led the popular Makey Makey workshops at the Games in Education symposium for education professionals.
$351- $500
Weaver, Bruce Superfluous Scientific Trivia Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
Superfluous Scientific Trivia A fun look at the world of science. Ventriloquist Bruce Weaver discovers that "Rocket Scientist" Edgar doesn't really know much about science So Bruce and the rest of pals show him some of the Fun Scientific Facts they have learned by reading books in the library. Shasta Petals (The SunFlower) will explain the amazing process of Photosynthesis. Stewart the Dragon will demonstrate what he has learned about meteorology. Audience volunteers will help demonstrate Physical and Chemical Changes in matter as well as the fact that our cells contain lots of Water. Other Cast members will explore ways we use science every day. The show, which includes ventriloquism, music, and magic, will run about 45 minutes and is geared for great family fun.
$351- $500
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
Bezrodnov, Vitaliy Crystal Trio - Harmonic Glass Ansemble Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Science
From Siberia, Russia, Crystal Trio performs on crystal glass. These professional musicians ‐ Igor Sklyarov, Vladimir Popras and Vladimir Perminov ‐ play special instruments made from glass: Glass Harp, Verrophone and Glass Pan-flute Bass. The current repertoire includes variations of popular classical melodies of Mozart, Boccherini, Glinka,and Vivaldi, in addition to original pieces written specifically for a crystal glass. The mysterious, gentlemurmurs of crystal glass allow the listener to understand known melodies in a new fashion; it opens secret,unexpected sides of classical musical pieces.
$501- $1000
TheatreworksUSA, - Patrick Garner's THOMAS EDISON: INVENTOR, LECTURER, & PRANKSTER History,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Science
The greatest inventor of all time, live and in-person, at your school! One of America's most remarkable minds, Thomas Alva Edison (as portrayed by Broadway performer Patrick Garner), engages your students in this exciting, hands-on, motivational program. Some audience members will have the chance to help recreate some of his most famous experiments, and along the way, Edison shares several secrets that students can utilize in their day-to-day lives.
$501- $1000
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
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