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Description
Fee
Berlin, Jan Here, There, and Everywhere - Animals from Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Live animal interactions, puppets, giant floor puzzle, and assorted props focus on the diversity of animals from around the world. Audience members are invited to touch the animals if they wish (all program animals are accustomed to interacting with the public). Presentations are fun, entertaining, educational, and with live animals, you can always expect the unexpected!
$101- $200
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Biophere Projects! Growing Food on Mars and Beyond! Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Gardening,
Science
In the late 1980's, scientists began hypothesizing about growing food in space in preparation for the international space station and colonizing other planets. Biospheres were built and humans volunteered to live in them for 1-3 years at a time to mimic missions to other planets. Scientists studied nutrient requirements of plants, interpersonal relationships between participants, and environmental controls within these closed systems to explore scenarios astronauts might face when colonizing new planets. In this program, the library will build and host its own biosphere so students can learn about these closed systems in real time, and conduct experiments as if they were in space. To book this program, please add yourself to the spreadsheet below on your desired date and time. 1.) Please note the distance between libraries. Please attempt to book with other libraries in your system. 2.) Times on the spreadsheet are suggestions, you may alter the times to suit your schedule. 3.) Please fill out the contact information completely by scrolling right on the spreadsheet. Booking Schedule - (Copy and paste link into your browser) https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qzL5Ns32L-QBUZIvSTGc BxFPVGlRdWc3oKO0ubYyuT8 This program is suitable for the 2019 Summer Reading theme.
$201- $350
Rogers, Robert Skyscraper Acres History,
Nature- Gardening,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Celebrating Building a better world: What's way up there on the top of that gleaming new skyscraper? that surprising fringe of green that overlooks the hustle and bustle of the busy city below? It's an old fashioned farm, tended by Hank Bluejeans, whose family has grown fruits and vegetables season after season, as far back as anyone can remember. Well, it wasn't always so way up high. How did it get there? And why? This is a story about embracing the future while cherishing the past - or roots, as Hank Blujeans might say.
$351- $500
Rogers, John BUILD YOUR OWN BLUEBIRD BOX Nature- Animals,
Nature- Other,
Other
Build your own bluebird nest box! Kids and adults love to make their own bluebird box. Other birds that use this box include tree swallows, chickadees, titmice, and wrens. It is a hands-on learning experience. Using pre-cut lumber with ALL materials and tools provided, everyone makes and takes home a bluebird nest box. (Or,alternatively, a chickadee box with a smaller entrance hole for those who do not have good bluebird habitat.) The nest box building program includes a PowerPoint presentation on bluebirds and other birds with John Rogers. This dynamic and colorful PowerPoint presentation will educate the audience on bluebirds, other birds, and how to properly place their box, etc. The slide program will add about 45 minutes, making the total time up to 90 minutes. Customized as needed. (Please refer to the other listing for a description of the full length, stand alone PowerPoint presentation.) Children, adults, and families love this hands-on activity, and it provides an opportunity to help bluebirds, and other birds, too. Materials include pre-cut wood, nails, and inside plastic strip. Tools include hammers and safety glasses. Mr. Rogers cuts and drills the wood himself in his garage.
Up to $100
FELDMAN, GARY (ORGANIC FOOD/NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS) THE 3 THINGS WE NEED TO SURVIVE Life Skills- Food,
Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Environment
AIR: Discover how and why geoengineering has drastically altered the air and atmosphere. Learn the tremendous consequences of the destruction of trees and forests, tree farming, and how extreme climate disruption is creating havoc upon nature and all living things. WATER: Find out many of the differences between bottled, tap, and other water sources. We will discuss the widespread effects of fracking upon our earth, air, oceans and the municipal water supplies and wells throughout the United States. Learn the factors behind all the devastating drought-stricken areas. Discover the consequences of water privatization. Water: the new commodity? FOOD: Learn the severe consequences of commercial farming and what has become of our food supply. This program will give you the knowledge to “think critically” past the media sound bites. Gary Feldman teaches about organic and genetically modified food, was an innovator in the retail nutritional supplement field and shares over two decades of knowledge in these subjects.
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane Once Upon A Wintertime Literature- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Once Upon A Wintertime: Warm your hearts and your imaginations with this performance of tales from long ago. These stories of wintertime magic and fun are drawn from many cultures ranging from the lyrical Grimms tale of Snow White and Rose Red to tales of folksy New England escapades. Transform a winter's day or evening into a time of delight. Choose Once Upon A Wintertime as a non-denominational way to celebrate the December holiday season Thank you so much for that lively performance of Once Upon A Wintertime, you had the audience eating out of the palm of your hand! You are so good at judging the audience and tweaking your program to fit the group, even so far as the sound system! You are a true professional and we just love you here in Duxbury. Marty O'Meara, Duxbury Free Library, Duxbury, MA
$351- $500
Berlin, Jan The Colorful World of Animals Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Rainbows aren't just in the sky! Mother nature has given a variety of colors to the animals who share our earth. Interact with live animals and find out how their colors help them to survive. Can a chameleon really change colors to match his environment - even if it's plaid or paisley or polka-dotted?
$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
Mankita, Jay Home Sweet Home - Build A Better World 2017! Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Other
Build a more sustainable world with Jay Mankita's fun, interactive songs on reducing, reusing, recycling, and renewing, plus composting, anti-littering, and groundwater awareness. Serious topics, framed in fun! An exciting mix of material featuring Jay’s guitar and keyboard, After 2,000 performances throughout the Northeast, Jay is ready to rock, enrich, and inspire with his eco-friendly show! This concert is great for all-age audiences, and as in all Playful Earth concerts, there is nothing 'juvenile' here; older kids and parents/caregivers will love the show.
$351- $500
Johnson, Rusty At Home in the Unnown Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Animals
Rusty Johnson is at home in the unknown.   On a whim he took a 3,000 mile trek through 5 countries in southern Africa, then flew to the West Indies to film an active volcano twice.  He is a jungle guide with over 25 solo expeditions to the Amazon, and at the age of 19 he was the youngest person to have hand raised an endangered Andean condor, which was 1 of only 10 condors privately possessed in the United States.  He is the originator, star, and Consulting Producer of Travel Channel's Hotel Amazon, and is the author of a book entitled The Twilight of the Wild (Foreword written by Jim Fowler of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom). He has consulted for National Geographic Television's HOOKED, the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, DATELINE, Reader's Digest "Must See Places on Earth" DVD series and he has filmed on the island of Kauai for the documentary series Cosmic Journeys. He has also presented over 3,000 speeches at educational institutions including Princeton University, Rutgers University, and The Explorers Club where he was one of the youngest people ever inducted into the prestigious club. Oh......,and he graduated high school with a 2nd grade reading level. Visit website to learn more. ​
$351- $500
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