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Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea Tales from the Odyssey Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Visual Arts- Other
With a cast of colorful characters and deft sleight-of-hand, master puppeteer Patrick Wadden brings to life Homer's ancient epic of Odysseus and his trouble-fraught journey home from the Trojan War. A voyage of two-weeks turns into ten years as capricious gods and wayward mortals thwart the Hero’s passage across the 'wine-dark sea'. The infamous one-eyed Cyclops, the alluring Sirens, six-headed Skylla, and the terrible whirlpool of Charybdis are but a few of the legendary monsters in this timeless adventure story. Through courage, cleverness and determination Odysseus triumphs over these trials and eventually is reunited with his family. Tales From the Odyssey is designed to introduce young audiences (ages 7 & up) and their families to one of the foundational stories of western literature. The visual elements in this poetic presentation are inspired by ancient Greek painted ceramics. Available June -December 2015, the show is well-suited for public libraries and small community venues. In fact, it's a perfect fit for the 2015 Summer Reading Theme: Every Hero Has A Story.
$351- $500
Fires, Karin Story Book Friends Literature- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Nature- Animals
You pick the story and read it to your audience. We come in with one of the animals featured in the story and tell about that individual animal, the species in general, native habitat and funny stories. We have several animals who have appeared or regularly appear in Dora the Explorer stories, for example. We have the tortoise and the hare and many others. If you are interested, please contact me for a complete list of available animals.
$101- $200
McKeon-Pierce, Lonna Babushka Tales Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Understanding the diversity of cultural heritages, Mrs. McKeon Pierce tells tales of Eastern Europe with ethnic costume, props, and song. Babushka means grandmother, and these stories are folktales with the universal appeal of hearing tales on your grandma's lap.
$351- $500
Davis, Katie Great Storytelling in Words and Pictures Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
Beginning: How to draw great characters, brainstorm, and create a ‘voice’ for characters. Middle: Establish plot, setting, and conflict. End: Edit and re-write the story and create a resolution! Assemblies: Katie teaches story construction, sequencing, how ideas transform from thought to published book. Audience learns to do drawings of emotions, Katie shares her own mistakes, and teaches skills students can use when creating their own stories. Highly interactive program - audience helps write a story; volunteers make different emotional expressions. Katie draws their faces on the characters and together they create a new narrative with emphasis on beginning, middle and end. Workshops: brainstorming, plotting, descriptive narrative, and character development. Illustration: Katie teaches HOW TO SEE so you’re able to illustrate any story you write. Dear Katie, I'm usually 'ho-hum' when it comes to author visits. You were one to change my mind! You were...the best ever writing session, and I truly mean it! Jayne Pitt, teacher
$1001- $3000
Mischief, Merry A Victorian Christmas Holiday! History,
Literature- Poetry,
Merry Merry! Celebrate the holidays with music and poetry from Merry Olde England to get your community into the Holiday Spirit! A 45-minute Christmas season show with sing a longs of holiday music from Victorian Christmas to the favorites of the present, wrapped up with some fun poetry and silly holiday puns! Sing alongs and humor will be a great addition to your community event! Musicians come dressed in Victorian Christmas costuming or in festive holiday apparel to set the mood for your event!
$201- $350
Cruise, Jim Spoon Man - "Dig Into Reading" Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Theater
With the theme "Dig Into Reading", I'm thinking of a cereal bowl with books inside and 2 spoons digging in. I am a family musical interactive comedian and I'm also a published author. My book is called "Spoon Boy". I also offer a workshop for teens and adults called BYOS (Bring Your Own Silverware). My web site is . I have my library brochure, video clips and info about my book on my web site. My program is around 45 minutes. With multiple bookings (on the same day), I can be as inexpensive as $300 per show. I don't mind driving an hour or more between libraries.
$351- $500
Szydlowski, Mary Where do stories come from? From an idea to the printed page. Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Literature- Other
Explains how an idea is transformed into a story and how that becomes a book or magazine piece. The audience will see how notes on scraps of paper become the 1st draft of a story. We'll discuss drafts and rewrites. We'll talk about what editors do and who comes up with the illustrations. And finally how the words and pictures become a story in a magazine or a children's book. We'll use 3 of my published children's books and some of my children's stories as examples.
$201- $350
Christopher, Dale Life and Times of Matt Christopher, Presented By his son Dale Christopher Health & Fitness- Sports,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Dale’s stories include periods of his Dad’s life and how he started writing. He also talks about the process of writing and his own involvement working with his Dad. Dale talks emphasize his father’s life values and the many joys of reading. He brings precious mementos to share with his audience and wears a vintage 1938 New York Yankee uniform, depicting the era that his Dad played for a semiprofessional New York Yankees team. Dale's stories are exemplified in his book, Behind the Desk With Matt Christopher (Little Brown, 2004)
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John THE ART of the BALLAD: Oral Literature, Musical Poetry, Mystery and Legend History,
Literature- Other,
The ballad was a powerful and mystical form of early literature that was enriched and carried through time by the elements of rhyme, rhythm, and music. This collection of compelling short musical tales represents different cultures, and is presented in original form - as songs rich in symbolism, surprising storylines, archetypal characters, and the familiar motifs they share with their close cousins, folk and fairy tales. This intriguing program features early music and instruments from the times of Beowulf to Shakespeare, including medieval bray harp, hurdy gurdy, recorders and other historic instruments. Adaptable for different ages and seasons.
$351- $500
Levin, Ira and Julia 3 Cheers for Shakespeare! Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
400 years after the ol' bard shuffled off this mortal coil we are literally still singing his plays and praise. Join The Levins as they weave a garland of stories and sing-along cheer reflecting William's part in ushering a Renaissance into our lives. Interactive, uplifting and inspiring.
$351- $500
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