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Fiske, David Anne Northup, Wife of Solomon Northup, Overcame Adversity History,
Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other
Solomon Northup was lured into slavery in 1841, and was a slave in Louisiana for 12 years before being rescued. What impact did Northup’s kidnapping have on his wife and family? In Solomon’s absence, the Northup family became a one-income household. This presentation will describe how his wife, Anne, carried on and saw to the needs of their children. Information on her later life will also be given. Black History topic. Fiske is a co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave.
$101- $200
Edgecomb, Diane A Fire In My Heart: Kurdish Folktales Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A Fire in My Heart: Kurdish Folktales: Based around Diane's new book of Kurdish folktales, this program introduces students and families to this pivotal Middle Eastern culture. Diane will present Kurdish stories she collected firsthand including The Lie a humorous story about a tall tale contest between an Uncle and his nephew, Fatima, the Kurdish Cinderella story and tales of how the moon and the Milky Way came to be. A map, anecdotes of her collecting experience and traditional dress and dance round out our exploration of this little known culture. Notice in the Salem News-2007 'How fun and exciting to have you visit Pine Point School! And, I have to tell you that I have heard such wonderful comments since the assembly. You inspired questions and comments all over campus and you were a hit with both students and faculty alike. Diane, I am in awe of your courage, and can't thank you enough for sharing your stories with us. With fond regard, Sandy Pereira, Cultural Enrichment, Pine Point School, CT'
$351- $500
Cavanaugh, Deb Building a Better World Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
An interactive program using songs and movement to promote community building and working together to improve everyone's lives. Songs such as Ruth Pelham's We're All a Family Under One Sky and Malvina Reynolds' We Live in the City celebrate diversity and unity. We will also sing songs in other languages and incorporate folk dance into this unique program for children from preschool up through middle school. Families are welcome and encouraged to attend. This program can be adapted for a variety of ages.
$201- $350
Collins, Dawn North American Music (Appalachian Trail, Shakers, Native American) History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Native American Tunes Songs, chants and tunes drawn from various tribes, display of Native American style flutes, historical information and demonstration with tunes played on the Native American style flute, drums and rattles. Shaker Tunes and Movement Songs collected from the Shakers with movement or gestures, including “I Will Bow and Be Simple,” “Love Is Little,” and “More Love,” and “I Will Bend Like the Willow” Appalachian and Traditional Potpourri Songs and tunes from the Appalachian Trail, Colonial times, and the Underground Railroad played on the Appalachian mountain lap dulcimer and banjitar. Audience participation encouraged.
$101- $200
Dolan, Mary Beth ASIAN CUT PAPER ART History,
Multicultural- Other,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Learn how to create amazing decorations using just scissors and colored paper. Program focuses on Asian styles of cut paper art, and discusses the history of the art form, and as a Asian New Year's tradition. Includes lots of Asian New year facts, traditions from China, Korea, Tibet and Japan. A great multi-cultural program, and perfect for curing the 'winter blahs', as the Asian New Year takes place around the end of January to the middle of February!
$201- $350
Riedel, Cris Make the World a Better Place Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
All the stories in this program are old folktales, from six countries around the world. This program takes its theme from the 2017 summer reading theme. Stories in the program: 999 Steps, from Japan; the First House, from India; Lazy Jack, from England; The First Strawberries, from the Cherokee; the Butterfly Coat, from China; and Hummingbird's Advice, from India. If you'd like a longer/shorter program, that can be arranged!
$201- $350
Ellison, Emily AAKWAABA, HU JAMBO, AFRICA HURRAH! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
AAKWAABA,HUJAMBO,AFRICA HURRAH ($450.00) Ages 0 - 100! Take a music and dance Pan African Safari through the rich and varied continent of Africa with Mama Ellison. Learn real dances, sing African songs and play beautiful hand made instruments from all corners of the continent. Wear beautiful clothing and celebrate the culture of our cradle of civilization. Additional add ons: ( additional one hour programs each) ($200.00) Please Touch Mini Museum of African masks, textiles and art included. ($200.00 Make and Take African Animal Masks for up to 30 people ages 4- 100, materials included, everyone takes home a collaged African Animal Mask made from observation. ($300.00) Make and take African Kente Weavings from Ghana for up to 30 people, ages 10 - adult or younger with adult assistance. materials included. Everyone takes home an African Kente sample in a “frame” to hang at home.
$351- $500
Story Theatre, Act!vated Multicultural Folktale Theater Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Non-stop action, physical comedy, audience participation, American Sign Language and imaginative props made from homemade objects. Multicultural Folktales are theatrically staged by professional actors before a gigantic oversized book. Kids are sent to search for books related to the show at the end of each library performance. Each 45 performance includes 2 folktales and a 30 minute rehearsal for up to 12 participants who perform in the show.
$351- $500
Carpenter, Margot Learning to Like the World Life Skills- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
In three workshops, teachers Barbara Allen and Robert Murphy show children that their deepest desire is to like the world on an honest basis, and that everything--from a flower to mathematics to their mothers--can be used to like the world. Young people learn this big, important fact--that they can honestly like the world, even as they may be critical of bad things in it, because its structure is sensible, even beautiful, a oneness of opposites. They're encouraged to love knowledge, and through these classes they learn to respect one another more and become kinder to family, friends, and people of other cultures. Class 1: Books Tell You: the World & You are a deep and surprising team; Class 2: What Will Make a Person Truly Strong; or Martin Luther King & the Children's March; Class 3: Do we Want to Be Like Music? Ken Kimmelman's award winning anti-prejudice film "Brushstrokes" is shown.
$101- $200
McGrath, Cathy “ROLLICKING TEAKETTLE” SUMMER READING PROGRAM Health & Fitness- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Join Cathy McGrath in this highly ACTIVE program of singing games and cherished songs that relate to story books. This program creates exuberant, wholesome fun! The audience members get tootled by a flute, act out multicultural singing games, sing a fun song about borrowing books from the library, play drums and GIGGLE at the dancing limberjack toys. Everyone will clap, sing and dance in a celebration of creative movement, self expression, and friendly cooperation. This program was created especially for the SUMMER READING PROGRAM and ties into the theme of the year. An experienced folk music performer and family literacy teacher, with a specialty in traditional American singing games, Cathy uses guitar, banjo, limberjack puppets, flute, penny whistle and children’s drums in her programs which are tailored for specific age groups. One parent’s response: You can’t help but dance! Another response: As we sang, danced, and clapped our way through a variety of folk music, Cathy's energy and enthusiasm were contagious. What a wonderful way to introduce singing games and our cultural heritage to children. We can't wait to have her back again! ( Sarah Matthews Children's Librarian Wadsworth Library, Geneseo, NY).
$201- $350
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