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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.
$201- $350
Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea Turtle Island Medicine Show Multicultural- Native American,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Turtle Island Medicine Show is a contemporary fable and cautionary tale inspired by both the Lenape Indian origin story and by current reports from climate studies. The show features whimsical kinetic sculptures, richly painted paper mache masks and puppet figures that range in size from 12 inches to the 16 foot tall Tree of Life. Composer & music director Dean Jones' inventive score loops together gongs, hoop drum, jaw harp and trombone scats in a medley of live sound. He also supplies voices for narrator and characters. Meanwhile four nimble, shape-shifting performers bring to life the mask and puppet multitudes. The Lenape origin story describes a great flood and how various animals try to dive to the bottom and bring up mud. When one of them, Muskrat, finally succeeds and Duck and Frog spread the mud on Turtle's back, this tiny island grows into a mighty continent. Arm-of-the-Sea carries the tale into the fossil-fueled modern moment where climate change threatens to de-stabilize this Turtle Island home. Appropriate for family audiences and grades 1-8. School performances include a study guide and post performance discussion with cast. Photos and video available at www.armofthesea.org
$1001- $3000
Fires, Karin DIVERSITY of LIFE Nature- Animals,
Nature- Other
Wildlife Educators Coalition (WEC) brings a variety of live, exotic animals to your location and demonstrates some of the amazing variety of life found on this planet. We start with a general monologue about diversity and some surprising facts about life forms. We then go to the live animals, beginning with insects to lizards to snakes to tortoises & turtles. In this part, WEC volunteers carry different types of each species around the room so people can get up close and ask questions. Some of the animals can be touched. Volunteers with hand sanitizer follow. From there we go to our higher level animals--a cockatoo and a variety of mammals, culminating with a fun and educational visit from Maggie, our black-handed spider monkey.
$501- $1000
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
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Horse Hair Bracelets Nature- Animals,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Horses are majestic creatures, and people of all ages appreciate their beauty. This is an opportunity to wear handmade jewelry made out of mane or tail hairs that shed during routine grooming. Several hair colors to choose from (red, white, yellow, black, grey, and brown). Traditionally these are braided pieces - but participants are encouraged to use their imaginations and create whatever they dream up with the materials provided. Horse themed cameos, beads, stones, and other adornments are featured. An unlimited number of items can be made in the time scheduled. Suitable for the 2017 Summer Reading Program.
$101- $200
Collins, Dawn O Let's Make Music (Story, Song, Rhythm) Literature- Other,
Music,
Nature- Other
Using a current library story theme, season or place, this is a family friendly time. Mom! Dad! Grandparents too! Listen to some lively, easy to learn, child-friendly songs paired with some seasonal stories. Dawn will bring along her rhythm band bag of instruments for use during this fun time. There are songs with movements and songs with puppets so don’t be shy – we could get a little silly! It’s a fun time for all, and especially appropriate for the very young. Previous themes include songs of the river & water, world music, nature and animals.
$101- $200
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.
Up to $100
Edgecomb, Diane Insect Comedy Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
Insect Comedy takes a delightful look at our Six-legged friends. In Princess Firefly entertaining facts are served up along with plenty of silliness as the Princess ponders, “Who will be the bug I will love?” Kate's Acorn, one of Diane's original stories, teaches about the importance of soil creatures in the life cycle of plants. And in another backyard tale we learn about when to keep or let insects go. Diane's hilarious interpretations of Mr. Mosquito, Mr. Gnat, Old King Lampyradie Beetle keep us laughing as we take a closer look at the world of insects. "From the Academy's point of view, the storytelling could not have worked better as a public program. The stories you told, captivated and fascinated our audience. I was impressed that they would not let you leave the stage without an encore performance. Diane your storytelling is fantastic!" Linda Wolf, Public Programs Coordinator, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
$351- $500
Hoffman, Nan Libraries Rock - Music is Everywhere! Music,
Nature- Environment,
Other
Music, particularly folk music with its emphasis on lyrics and stories, can help enhance reading, writing and listening skills, and language development. Using a variety of songs and instruments, and her collection of 'Books That Sing', Nan's presentations are fun and informative and encourage audience participation. Complementing the 2018 NYS Summer Reading Program theme of LIBRARIES ROCK!, her programs this year will invite participants to discover music in many places and forms. Because American Folk Music has been influenced by people and traditions from around the world, Nan will share songs and instruments from other countries, songs that celebrate the music of nature and even songs that find their music in the rhythmic rubbish of our recycling bins!
$201- $350
Cain, Ron Captain HurriCain's Seaside Magic Show History,
Nature- Marine Life,
Performing Arts- Magic
As the seagoing Captain HurriCain, Ron Cain promotes reading while celebrating the state's beaches and bodies of water. While telling tales and showing tricks from his travels, Captain HurriCain demonstrates a wacky way with water. Illusions include a container that causes water to disappear and reappear, faucets that defy the laws of nature, and an umbrella that does card tricks. Young audiences also meet Barnacle the Shark and learn about the legend of Champ the sea serpent. Since 1998, Ron has created magic shows based on the annual summer reading program theme. Each program uses magic and humor to promote reading and help children feel good about themselves. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron has more than 16 years of experience performing at schools, libraries, companies and festivals throughout New York. He also has appeared on television’s Pappyland and Saturday Showboat. His magic shows with educational messages include Tune In To Magical Idol, Uncle Sam's Old Time Magic Show, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, and the Case of the Missing Bunny.
$201- $350
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