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McEntee, Robert Discover the Magic of Reading! Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Discover the Magic of Reading! can fill your library with thrilled children happily participating in the most amazing program they’ve ever seen! Children LOVE the magic, parents LOVE the positive messages, and Library directors LOVE the resulting increased book circulation!... The show combines amazing magic, lots of audience participation, age appropriate humor, storytelling with reading promotion, a magical game and typically a breathtaking musical routine with mesmerizing special effects! For slightly larger budgets, we can add spectacular illusion(s), such as, floating a child in the air, sawing somebody in half or making them magically appear to introduce the show. Children also go crazy for an incredible animated talking picture! This is an incredibly easy, fun way to hook kids into reading, and get them excited about your Summer Reading Club for example! Not just reading, but checking out & reading both fiction and non-fiction books. At the end of this exciting adventure I typically give the children a list of topics discussed and popular with youngsters, with their associated Dewey Decimal System Numbers! How many programs get kids to actively learn and use the Dewey Decimal System? Make your library glad!
$351- $500
Levin, Ira and Julia Music and Poetry of Hafiz Literature- Poetry,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Music and Poetry of Hafiz A colorful pageantry of songs and stories inspired by the 14th century Sufi poet Hafiz. Hafiz, who lived in the Persian city of Shiraz 100 years after the poet Rumi, has an amazing ability to lift the listener into a state of joy that overcomes the weariness of the world. into the poetry of 14th century poet, who lived 100 years after Rumi. Inspired by the book of poetry, Hafiz of Shiraz The Gift by Daniel Ladinsky. To hear the music go to: www.soundcloud.com/thelevins Duo, trio or quartet depending on space/budget. Joined by reknowned musicians Natalia Perlaza: Middle-Eastern percussion Mark Dann: Bass, Octive Mandolin We offer price breaks if you book more than one show or have multiple bookings with libraries or venues in your area. Call us at: 510.390-4903 to discuss which show will work best for you. Duo: $250- 450/ Group: $500-800
$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
Bromka, Sondra & John The Tale of Tristan & Iseult: An Arthurian Legend Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This most famous of all classic love stories was originally set in Celtic antiquity, and an important component of the Arthurian legends. In the 12th century, the tale was already 600 years old when it captured the imagination of Medieval France’s famous storyteller-poet-musicians, the troubadours. The powerful story continued its long journey through the ages... inspiring many works in turn, including Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet). Bells & Motley present a telling that is authentic, yet lively, accessible, highly charged, and mysterious - full of all of the original symbolism, intrigue, and purpose. In ancient bardic style, it features a simple setting, rich language, and complex emotions evoked through the power of music. Rare historic instruments include the Medieval keyed fiddle, low-voiced recorders, ancient gut-strung bray harp, and Celtic harp. Musical selections include the same historic pieces that were part of Medieval tellings, as inspired by this enduring tale.
$351- $500
Sterns, Michael MAKE A SPLASH INTO READING AUTHOR STORYTELLING SHOW Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
I (the author), perform a high energy, dynamic, interactive, multi-media storytelling show encompassing my book: Kokopelli & the Island of Change. This book's nautical theme (complete with sea creatures, island living, and pirates!) fits perfectly with the MAKE A SPLASH AT YOUR LIBRARY theme! My show utilizes the ancient art of storytelling mixed with vocal sound effects and character voices, projected images of my book's illustrations, a native flute musical interlude that I play personally, as well as tons of audience participation. My show is hilarious most of the time, serious at others... this dynamic really draws the children in! I have performed this identical show at over 700 elementary schools nationally, with over 500,000 children of ALL AGES having loved it to date. I have over 60,000 copies of my books in circulation, so you're getting a best-selling author storytelling as well!
$201- $350
Samarripa, Consuelo Stories with Consuelo/Cuentos Con Consuelo Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Award winning Author with Stories with Consuelo/Cuentos Con Consuelo offers multicultural poetry and storytelling.Consuelo Samarripa shares her Mexican heritage through stories, tales, poetry, and folklore. Unique bilingual blends and noise makers, as well as her use of shawls, add interest to her storytelling style. She also conducts workshops and seminars for children, educators, and adults. Her varied life experiences allow her to relate to audiences through a different perspective-- as a native and a foreigner. The Cuentos Celebration and World Medley programs offer a bilingual blend of folktales and historical stories that may be customized for presenters and their audiences. The Cuentos Celebration consist of various Hispanic tales, folklore, poetry and historical stories. The World Medley program consist of multicultural folktales and folklore, and some Aesop fables. Stories exposing character traits such as loyalty, honesty and integrity are woven into the programs. The repertoire can span through various two hour storytelling concerts. Other programs are available for adult or children's workshops, special holiday events, keynotes, and festivals
$1001- $3000
Morse, Andy DIG INTO READING WITH SONG Literature- Authors,
Music,
Nature- Animals
Andy's 2013 program Dig Into Reading with Song is an interactive musical journey using songs and story books at the same time. Many different stories will be sung while volunteers take turns turning the pages. Call and response songs, movement, rhyme and much more will be covered.
$501- $1000
Levin, Ira and Julia 3 Cheers for Shakespeare! Literature- Authors,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
400 years after the ol' bard shuffled off this mortal coil we are literally still singing his plays and praise. Join The Levins as they weave a garland of stories and sing-along cheer reflecting William's part in ushering a Renaissance into our lives. Interactive, uplifting and inspiring. www.thelevinsmusic.com
$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
Fiske, David How to Publish Your Own Book (or E-Book) Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Literature- Other
For those who have a story they want to tell in a book, today’s self-publishing environment allows authors to get their books into print by making use of services that cost little or nothing. David Fiske has self-published two books, and in this presentation offers advice to potential authors, explaining how it can be accomplished, and providing tips on the available publishing options as well as the book distribution process. Self-publishing also means self-marketing, and Fiske will give some low-cost ideas on ways to promote books once they’re published.
Up to $100
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