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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Hunt, Kathryn Senior Job Style Workshop Life Skills- Finance,
Life Skills- Other,
Media- Other
This program is designed for older adults with concerns regarding their career search in todays hi-style, tech-savvy world. Attendees will be learn about the online job search process and how to use technology to develop their wardrobe, resume and online persona as career tools.
$101- $200
Fiske, David Broadway Goes to War: "Soldier Shows" of World War I History,
Media- Other
During the first World War, presentations called "soldier shows" allowed theatrical producers to not only entertain the public, but provide a show of patriotism. Some of these shows were put together by individuals who served in the military (such as Sergeant Irving Berlin), though others had no military background. The shows were light entertainment, featuring skits and musical numbers, and utilized many performers who were actually in the service. Proceeds from soldier shows went to projects intended to improve the lives of those serving in the armed forces of the United States.
Up to $100
Siy, Alexandra Author & Photographer Alexandra Siy Literature- Authors,
Media- Photography,
Science
Author and Photographer Alexandra Siy launches children of all ages on an outer space adventure. Using her award-winning space titles as a launch pad, children will travel to the Moon, Mars, the outer planets, and interstellar space. Stories, 3D photography, short video, and sound will inspire young readers to explore their place in the Universe. Libraries can choose to focus on an active game themed program where children move as they learn how astronauts navigated on the Moon, or an artistic themed program where children create a postcard from space.
$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
Wemett, Lisa Lighthouses and Lobsters: A Week DownEast History,
Media- Photography
The DownEast & Acadia region of Maine offers the delicacy craved by many and fished by a hardy few. More than one-third of the state’s lighthouses dot the coastline here. Mount Desert Island is home to the only national park in New England. You can cruise the harbors watching for wildlife, hike rugged trails or gradually sloped carriage roads, or drive the 27-mile Park Loop Road and be awed by the setting sun on the top of Cadillac Mountain. Join Lisa Wemett and Terry Mulee to explore the beauty and rich history of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Travel literature from the Bar Harbor and Acadia visitors’ bureaus is furnished for this travelogue free of charge.
$101- $200
Carpenter, Margot "The Heart Knows Better": Changing Prejudice to Kindness Life Skills- Other,
Media- Film,
Multicultural- Other
Learn where racism begins and how it can end, during a film and talk presentation by award winning filmmaker Ken Kimmelman. View 3 short films by Mr. Kimmelman, the Emmy Award winning public service film "The Heart Knows Better"; "Brushstrokes," an anti-prejudice film commissioned by the UN; and "What Does a Person Deserve?" a celebrated film against homelessness and hunger. The films are part of an interactive presentation about how the philosophy Aesthetic Realism, founded by American educator Eli Siegel, can change prejudice to kindness. His statement is the basis for "The Heart Knows Better": "It will be found that black and white man have the same goodnesses, the same temptations, and can be criticized in the same way. The skin may be different, but the aorta is quite the same."
$101- $200
Brown, John John New York Photosongs History,
Media- Photography,
Music
Award winning songwriter John John Brown has set out to educate and entertain with his imaginative new project “New York Photosongs”. At the heart of this exploration are six handcrafted folk songs that tell the amazing true stories behind some of New York State’s most iconic and obscure photographs. “Conversations Atop a Skyscraper” takes the listener up high beside the grizzled New York City ironworkers of the Great Depression, while “Queen of the Mist” brings us to Annie Edson Taylor’s 1901 plummet over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The amusing “Cardiff Giant Hoax” sends the audience across the farms of Central New York in 1869 where science and religion collide in bizarre fashion, while the humorous “Georgie” gives us a peek at the infamous Lake George Monster. Keep your eyes peeled and you may even walk down the vermine filled alleyways of early 1900’s New York City and feel the “Rat Catcher Blues” or perhaps stumble into Times Square on VJ Day and see the “Kissing Sailor”. Armed with his guitar, 4x5 foot photographs, and 15 years as a public school educator, John John Brown shines a light on some of the most interesting New Yorkers who’ve walked before us.
$351- $500
Mankita, Jay Build A Better Rube Goldberg Machine Workshop - Build A Better World 2017! Media- Other,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Artist/Educator Jay Mankita guides and inspires kids to construct delightfully complicated contraptions that accomplish simple tasks. Jay supplies dominos, popsicle sticks, magnets, rubber bands, string, balls, marbles, etc…, set up includes Jay’s basic table and floor-based templates as well as some pre-constructed machines for kids to study and play with, with plenty of opportunities for making, and learning from, their own mistakes. Goofy fun, and real engineering, with a bit of Rube Goldberg history thrown into the mix.
$351- $500
Cain, Ron Superhero Hocus Pocus Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Soar with magical caped crusader Ron Cain in his high-flying Superhero Hocus Pocu” show! The Central New York magician celebrates superheroes from film and fiction in new magic show inspired by the summer reading program theme, Every Hero Has a Story. Young readers assist Ron with tricks demonstrating the powers of popular superheroes like Batman and Wonder Woman. One illusion features our favorite heroes battling the villainous Book Beetle, scourge of librarians everywhere. In addition to his 45-minute show, Ron has created a one-hour Super Fun with Superheroes workshop for schools and libraries. The former teacher uses activities illustrating the Superhero Code to help students tap into their super selves and become the heroes of their own life stories.
$201- $350
Cloonan, Christopher Cuba, Past to Present: An American's View from Havana History,
Media- Photography,
Multicultural- Other
Chris Cloonan walks the audience through the fascinating history of Cuba- Fidel Castro, Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis, to the opening with President Obama and the changes under President Trump. He also discusses his time living in Havana as an American, something rarely seen. He answers your questions about travel, history, and contemporary Cuba. Chris holds an MA in Cuban Studies and recently founded his own Cuban travel company.
$101- $200
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