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Category
Description
Fee
Knight, Leonora Healing Yourself and Family with Eva Kane Life Skills- Other,
Literature- Authors,
Music
One woman’s gentle guide to forgiveness, compassion, healing and personal growth. Patrons will hear readings from upcoming novel and listen to a few original songs, written to ease the pain and suffering. Patrons will also write down some of their habits and see what can be changed. Eva will share exactly how she healed not only herself, but her husband and son as well. She will help you discover why we act the way we do How to breathe deeply and make our own habit changes Realize everything we want is available - with energy change, there is a ripple effect
$351- $500
Richter, Chip Chip Richter - The Young Songwriter's Workshop Literature- Poetry,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Music
Chip Richter’s Young Songwriters Workshop is an exciting and fun journey through the craft of writing songs. Students will explore the four elements of song writing, the form and foundation of a song, and discover what makes a lyric work. Learning how to use hooks, rhymes, and words that sing, students will have the opportunity to begin writing their own songs right away. The students will listen to songs, sing songs, analyze and diagram songs, all in a very fun, interactive way. The Young Songwriters Workshop works well as a plug-in to your local school’s English and or Language Arts course study. Many teachers will use the Young Songwriters Workshop to culminate a section on journaling, poetry, or creative writing. In the end students will have lots of fun, discover the magic of words, and learn something about what's in a song and perhaps, what's in their heart.
$501- $1000
Hoffman, Nan Sing A Story - Read A Song! Literature- Other,
Music,
Nature- Environment
With programs specially designed for libraries, Nan incorporates songs that have been made into books (books that sing), songs made from books, songs based on folk tales and stories, and songs that celebrate reading. Within that framework she offers presentations that focus on several different themes such as reading (SING A STORY-READ A SONG!), folk music (MORE THAN A SONG!), history (SINGING OUR HISTORY), and nature and the environment (SONGS FOR A LIVABLE LAND). Using folk and acoustic music and a variety of songs and instruments, Nan offers presentations that are fun and informative, and encourages audience participation.
$201- $350
Salerno Thomas, Sarah Roxaboxen Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Loosely adapted from the book by Alice McLerran, this interactive performance invites the audience to recreate the place and people of Roxaboxen, where imagination reigns. Upon request, Roxaboxen can be customized to link with a a library's summer reading theme. 15 children participate onstage and there are numerous opportunities for the audience to contribute throughout.
$351- $500
Storytellers, Beauty & the Beast Author Visits Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss are award winning authors and recording artists and would be happy to visit your school in that capacity. They will tell stories, give tips on telling, and answer any questions students have. Their story collections include world tales that have been rewritten so that they are accessible for telling by children. After seeing Mitch and Martha tell stories, students will be excited about telling tales themselves. Storytelling is a fun activity that is highly educational. All the story books have tips for telling which make it possible for teachers to have each student (second grade and up) choose a different tale, learn it, and share it in front of classmates. Those who choose to do so can tell for other classes as well. Some of the tales are simple and short enough that they can then be retold by first graders and even kindergartners. Mitch and Martha's performances will also serve as catalysts for creative writing.
$1001- $3000
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
Knight, Leonora Pre-K - 2nd Grade Animal Show Literature- Other,
Music,
Science
Your younger patrons will love performing songs to such books as From Head to Toe, The Very Busy Spider, Stellaluna, In the Small Pond, Quiet Cricket, Mr. Seahorse, Rainbow Fish, Diary of a Worm or a Fly and more! Each show features 7 different original and multi-cultural songs which are transformed into age appropriate musical numbers. They will learn about the animals behavior by acting out to the music! Props, puppets and costumes enhance creativity.
$201- $350
Dolan, Mary Beth The Great Pictionary Relay Race Health & Fitness- Other,
Literature- Other,
Visual Arts- Drawing
The drawing game Pictionary is mashed-up with Relay racing. Teams play against each other drawing a "round of 12 cards". The typical "all play" category found in original Pictionary is replaced with current popular books, and their characters; the other normal categories of objects, places, celebrities, verbs are also played. The players hand-off the marker as a baton- and the first team to guess all their cards each round wins. Call for more info- as this one is a little involved rule-wise. losing team each round will have to perform some sort of physical exercise (jumping jacks, etc.). Team that wins the most "rounds" of play wins.
$201- $350
Carpenter, Margot Were They Equal? - an African story as told by Dr. Arnold Perey Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
"Were They Equal?" is a delightful story from Africa, about Tortoise, Elephant, Hippo, & You! Arnold Perey, anthropologist, in this illustrated children's book, has retold the story for children today, and illustrated it with lively pictures. He is joined by flutist Barbara Allen, and actor Anne Fielding in the telling of the story. You'll hear about Tortoise, who is small. The big animals, Elephant and Hippo, feel important because they think they are better than Tortoise. But Tortoise plays an amazing trick on them which helps them see the truth: "We are different, but our feelings inside are the same. I deserve the same respect that you do."
$101- $200
Storytellers, The Genesee HE MADE A SPLASH! History,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
When Sam Patch jumped into Niagara Falls and then the Genesee Falls, he leaped out of the pages of history into the world of folklore. Who was the man behind the myth? His biographer, Julie Cummins, and tall tale storyteller, Louise Kanaley, will entertain you with his tale. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and autographing. Audience: Grades 3-5, teen, adult, or family.
$201- $350
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