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Program
Category
Description
Fee
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
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
Tomecek, Stephen The Science of Sports Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
Scientist and award-winning author Steve The Dirtmeister Tomecek takes a slightly serious look at the science behind many of the sports that kids love to play. The program features over a dozen interactive demonstrations which are safe enough for kids to try themselves. We begin with a look at athletes and why reaction time and hand-eye coordination is so important. We then explore the roles played by inertia, leverage, angular momentum, friction and gravity in everything from bowling and basketball to soccer and baseball!
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Water Wizards! Nature- Marine Life,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
Let’s go where the wet things are in this entertaining program with master storyteller Diane Edgecomb. We’ll act like CLAMS, JELLYFISH and LOBSTERS in the Native American legend: How Whales got their Spouts and explore the water cycle in Diane’s fun water conservation tale: What Now, Cloacina?!! Check under Diane’s Wizard hat and you may find the secret potion that ends every Water Wizards performance with instant FOG! Recommended for ages 4 and above.
$351- $500
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
Cain, Ron Fizztastic Science Magic Show Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
Watch children erupt into laughter and applause when Doctor VolCaino appears! Magician Ron Cain turns into a silly scientist for his new Fizztastic Science Magic Show, inspired by the summer reading theme, 'Fizz, Boom, Read! He performs illusions that celebrate science and highlight great scientists like Einstein and Edison. Plus, he encourages families to visit the library and read about his lab-coated heroes. Ron also teaches scientific principles behind the tricks of his trade in a Scientific Secrets of Magic workshop. Children learn simple magic tricks that involve chemistry, physics, biology, psychology and math. The former teacher and Syracuse University alum has specialized in educational magic since 1988. Children are active participants in shows related to reading, history, science, geography and ecology. Students also do hands-on activities that foster learning and self-esteem in his one-hour magical workshops. Ron also performs at schools, libraries, festivals, recreation programs and businesses year-round. His family-friendly, 45-minute magic shows are the highlight of special events & holiday celebrations. He even offers entertainment packages that include strolling magic and balloon sculptures.
$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
Field, Barb Zany Science with Prof. Womboggle Performing Arts- Clowning,
Science
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. SUGGESTED PROGRAM: (other topics are available!!!) Barb will come as Prof. Womboggle. She will do a fun, hands-on science lesson about the most dangerous chemical compound in the world! First we will discuss how one atom of oxygen (a highly combustible element) combines with two atoms of hydrogen (also highly combustible) to create this compound… DON'T let the students know that it’s water! Then we’ll do several experiments together which demonstrate the unique properties of water. The students love learning about science with Prof. Womboggle. www.bjandcompany.com 607-432-0988
$201- $350
ROCK, DINOSAURS, GEMS & OCEANS GEMS ROCK Mineral Adventure Museums,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Experience a dazzling world of scientific wonder! Glittering, Museum-quality exhibit - Rocks & Minerals, Gemstones. Interactive multimedia. Show focus on the importance of Minerals in our everyday lives. Students act as miners during panning, gemstone mining or excavation activities. Take home real specimens - rubies, emeralds, amethyst…) Geode opening, Excavations, Amber discovery activity options too! We offer Dinosaurs Rock® and Oceans Rock® too.
$351- $500
Rogers, John ALL ABOUT BLUEBIRDS - and MORE Nature- Animals,
Nature- Other,
Science
Learn about New York State’s official bird, the Eastern Bluebird, from a recognized expert. This highly acclaimed program about nature is educational and enjoyable. Program content and length can be customized for children, adults, or families. The focus is on bluebirds, including the nesting cycle (building nests, egg laying, raising young etc.) and the proper use of bluebird boxes. But, there is more, too. Mr. Rogers opens young and older hearts and minds to bluebirds, other birds, butterflies, wildflowers, and nature appreciation. With visually beautiful photographs, bird sounds, and a sincere, enthusiastic presentation style, this PowerPoint program has been presented throughout NY State. The children's program is especially interactive and engaging, with children being encouraged to share their nature experiences. Examples of excellent books on bluebirds encourage further reading. As an option, a build-your-own bluebird box program (for all age groups) with all materials provided is also available. (see listing)
Up to $100
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