Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
Performer name: Lindsay (Lynn) Sprague
Phone: 518-522-4317
Mailing address: ACP 2492 P.O. Box 1110
Albany, NY 12201
E-mail address: lak234@cornell.edu
Website: http://https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/12bv2l9o5U9XlFvA9p3oav6LPKoa91P-81D4u7_j_ZrY
Previous appearances at: Salem Massachusetts Public Library, Mechanicville New York Public Library, Dundee New York Library, Phyllis Wheatley Rochester New York Pubic Library, Gloucester Massachusetts Public Library
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 01/15/2019

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Sugaring Off - Making Maple Syrup Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Other,
Science
Learn how to tap maple trees properly, different methods with pros and cons. How to store and process sap, measure brix, and grade maple products. Science of sugar discussed, with chemistry. Best of all, live demonstration with partially boiled sap to reduce waiting time, kids can watch syrup finish and taste when cool as sugar on snow. May be done any time of year, ice shavings can substitute for snow in summer. Great for 2019 summer reading.
$101- $200
Wild Foods History,
Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Other
The Native Americans used a hunter-gatherer model for centuries before agriculture was brought to their land. They knew how to find and prepare many foods from the wild, foods that still exist and are readily available today. Would you survive a natural disaster, war, or zombie apocalypse? This program will show you the plants that are in your own backyard that you can survive on, even in winter. Patrons will handle real native plants and learn when, where, and how to locate them. They will be able to taste wild foods during and after the program. Based on Euell Gibbons book “Stalking the Wild Asparagus.
$101- $200
Growing Citrus in New England Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Gardening
Houseplants are a fun hobby, but most have no food value. What if you could grow citrus plants like lemons, oranges, and limes right in your living room? Learn how to grow citrus, as well as bananas, pomegranates, olives, coffee, and even vanilla orchids and other spices at home. Learn what plants are hardy in your USDA zone, and whether or not they are self-pollinating or require a second plant. Participants take home an exotic plant of their choice. This program pairs well with Bob Flowerdew’s book “No Work Garden.”
$101- $200
Homing Pigeons, A History in Wartime and Peace Health & Fitness- Sports,
History,
Nature- Animals
Our pigeon journey started when one crash landed in my front yard as a teen. Soon my father had built a coop, collected a rag tag crew of breeding birds, and began training drives in preparation for racing. The sport lives on today and has a rich history in both war and peace time. This class includes live birds, learning how to read bands, how to train for racing, and how the racing clock works. Suitable for 2019 summer reading programs.
$101- $200
Old Fashioned Soap Making Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Environment,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Learn to make soap the old fashioned way! This program allows participants to craft their own soap with a variety of molds and natural additions such as hibiscus flowers, jojoba, lavender, vanilla beans, the sky is the limit! This program is tailored to your library audience. For younger children can use a melt and pour soap, and older teens can watch a demonstration of the chemical reaction between lye and lipids. This fits nicely with Laura Ingalls Wilder's 'Little House' books, and some libraries use it as the finale to a story time featuring one to give patrons a real life experience. This program supports building a sustainable future, and is suitable for the 2019 summer reading program.
$101- $200
Laura Ingalls Day Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Animals,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Laura Ingalls Day is a compilation of programs normally taught in a 1 hour block, designed for a kickoff or finale to summer reading, or an event that will bring in patrons during the winter. Starting with sugaring off, we will make sugar on snow, then move onto fresh butter, cheese, and sourdough bread. Next we will plant a garden on the library grounds or start transplants for growing on the windowsill. We can wash up with home made old fashioned lye soap, and hand dip candles. Wrap it all up by meeting farm animals and learning to care for them just like Laura and Mary. Based on book: Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, this program can incorporate reading the book and eating between stations. The program can last 4-8 hours, depending on age group and individual or combinations of stations. Great for the 2019 summer reading program.
$501- $1000
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 2019 Summer Reading Program.
$101- $200
Beneficial Bugs! Entomology 101 Nature- Environment,
Nature- Gardening,
Science
What do ladybeetle larvae eat? What is an ootheca? Can you spot a walking stick? Do you have orange dogs in your backyard? What do bugs do to help our environment and keep us comfortable, even make food for us? What do insects and mushrooms have in common? Find out the answers and more during this program designed to get kids outdoors and exploring their environment. Kids get to interact with real live insects from New England, and learn about every stage of their lifecycle. The library may keep a terrarium with eggs to watch go through the life cycle to encourage patrons to return for observation.
$101- $200
Silk! Growing and Spinning History,
Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Animals
Learn how to grow silk worms in a sustainable manner, and to spin real silk cocoons into thread. The cultural heritage of silk, the trade routes, and unique properties of the fabric will be discussed. Products made from silk will be covered, as well as host plant propogation and larval care practices. Suitable for the 2019 summer reading program.
$101- $200
Candle Dipping Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Environment,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Learn to dip candles just like Laura Ingalls did in Little House on the Prairie. Participants are able to choose wax colors, scents, and shapes of candles, and may choose to hand dip or use candle molds. Candles are made from 100% vegetable based waxes with the exception of beeswax. This program can be tailored for young and old audiences alike, and is GREAT FUN! May run over an hour with larger groups, plan accordingly. This program is focused on building a sustainable future and is suitable for the 2019 summer reading program.
$101- $200
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