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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Singer, Lauren DANCE AROUND THE WORLD (MOMMY AND ME for TODDLERS) Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Bond with your toddler, 18 months-4 years, in this engaging program designed just for the preschooler and caregiver. Exciting music from all over the globe will captivate toddlers as well as adults. Dance, play shakers, move with scarves, body beat and interact in this playful group experience. This is a great way to introduce toddlers to authentic world music, rhythm and movement and to socialize with other children.
$101- $200
Ruch, Dave One World, Many Stories Multicultural- Other,
Music
Created for the 2011 NYS Library Summer Reading Program! With guitar, Indian tabla drum, European octave mandolin, traditional Native American cowhorn rattles and more, Dave Ruch leads the audience on a fun-filled musical journey across the world. Children become active participants in the program as they sing along (in English, Nigerian, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Iroquois!), answer questions, play musical games and act out songs. Some audience members will even be invited on stage to play the Iroquois rattles, and (for groups of 100 or less) all will have a chance to touch and play one of the instruments after the concert. Topics covered include the unique ways in which people around the world live (past and present), and perhaps most importantly, the many similarities that we all share. Dave also talks about his own eye-opening trip to India in 1992. 45 minutes long, adaptable for all ages Dozens of library references.
$351- $500
Van Egmond, Timothy You Say Potato, I Say Pomme de Terre Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A program to celebrate the 400s section of the Dewy Decimal System, Languages (and to help Tim honestly say he's using his B.A. in Romance Languages)! These stories and songs help people hear and savor the sound of different languages as they're transported to the cultures that speak them. Tim’s dramatic style of voice, movement, and facial expression brings stories to life, and his gift of encouraging participation makes for high-spirited and engaging programs. He’ll accompany songs with guitar, mountain dulcimer, and conga drum. A program bibliography will be available so that books containing the stories can be on display, and Tim will recommend them in the program to celebrate and encourage reading. Tim Van Egmond has been delighting and captivating audiences all over the country for over 30 years. He has been selected for the New England States Touring Program, the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Education Programs, and the New Hampshire State Library's Kids, Books, and the Arts Project.
$351- $500
Singer, Lauren ZUMBA FOR FAMILIES Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Other,
Multicultural- Other
Zumba is an exciting, easy to follow, Latin-inspired dance/fitness program that draws on music and rhythms from all around the world. Zumba for families brings the whole gang together, increasing bonding and quality time. Plus, children get fit while they build personal, learning and social skills--all in a party-like atmosphere. Wear sneakers or shoes to move in and bring a water bottle. Come experience Zumba--together!
$101- $200
Bromka, Sondra & John 'One World, Many Instruments' Concert Show & Tell for Children, Families Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Science
Created of wood, bone, skin, metals, and earth, it is an amazing thing to behold the many ways people around this globe have used nature’s materials to bring forth music! The Bromkas have a long history of first-hand explorations and experimentations with world music in its many forms. Their extensive travels have lead them to play a variety of truly exotic instruments, from a great many different countries and cultures. Audiences love their hurdy gurdy, hammered dulcimer, the wide variety of bagpipes, mandolins, cittern, and Celtic harps. This musical journey travels to the far reaches of Asia, to include the magical Chinese Harp called “guzheng” and “erhu” fiddle, Turkish oud & baglama, Mideastern zither “kanun,”and a raft of percussion and other rare instruments! Hear stories for each of their instruments and musical selections, be it travels in Europe and Asia, gifts from mysterious strangers, or the instruments built in the Bromkas' own studios. This multicultural musical journey is a fascinating, fun learning experience for folks of all ages.
$351- $500
Heilbrun, Harvey Tell Me a Story, Sing Me a Song Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Harvey Heilbrun's energetic and imaginative performances engage young and old in the art of the oral tradition. Join him as he spins folktales, sings, plays guitar, and breathes life into the imagination of the listeners. Using his 33 years of teaching experience in the middle and elementary school, including 25 years of singing and storytelling, Harvey presents everything from traditional Appalachian tales to classic legends, from historical songs to old-fashioned ghost stories. Younger grades will appreciate picture book based tales and story-songs. He will work with you to design the ideal program for your group. Multi-day follow-up workshops on storytelling with smaller groups are available. He is an ideal supplement to Balanced Literacy, Character Education, Environmental programs and Library reading programs for school age children. His program supports the Common Core standards. Harvey gathers his stories from a number of different sources, mainly folktale collections, picture books and tales that he’s heard from other tellers. He gets pleasure in telling tales that usually have a twist. He performs a number of curriculum/thematic related songs that he has written and songs of other famous songwriters.
$201- $350
Carpenter, Margot "The Heart Knows Better": Changing Prejudice to Kindness Life Skills- Other,
Media- Film,
Multicultural- Other
Learn where racism begins and how it can end, during a film and talk presentation by award winning filmmaker Ken Kimmelman. View 3 short films by Mr. Kimmelman, the Emmy Award winning public service film "The Heart Knows Better"; "Brushstrokes," an anti-prejudice film commissioned by the UN; and "What Does a Person Deserve?" a celebrated film against homelessness and hunger. The films are part of an interactive presentation about how the philosophy Aesthetic Realism, founded by American educator Eli Siegel, can change prejudice to kindness. His statement is the basis for "The Heart Knows Better": "It will be found that black and white man have the same goodnesses, the same temptations, and can be criticized in the same way. The skin may be different, but the aorta is quite the same."
$101- $200
Henderson, Kristine Tea Tasting: Teas from Other Origins Health & Fitness- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Other
Tea was traditionally grown in China, Japan, India, Sri Lanka and Taiwan, but today it is grown around the world. During this interactive seminar, we will explore several black teas from origins outside of the traditional tea-producing countries. Learn what distinguishes these black teas from black teas in other countries, specific health benefits associated with black tea, and the history and lore surrounding the teas being tasted. Three teas will be tasted and discussed, which may include those from Nepal, Java, Kenya, Vietnam, or other origins.
$101- $200
Singer, Lauren BEAUTIFUL GIFT BOXES: Folded, Faux Painted and Embellished Multicultural- Other,
Visual Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Painting
Add a personal touch to your gift giving! Great for the holidays, or for any occasion, Japanese folded paper boxes are beautiful and can be made in a pinch to your desired size. In this beginner class, you'll learn how to fold your own classic Origami box, then transform it! Using water-based, faux painting and surface design techniques, you will create a unique gilded and textured box with a special tied closure. Styling can be elegant, natural or funky! Examples and images of special boxes will inspire.
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane Fairy Legends of Ireland Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
There is plenty of laughter and delight in this animated retelling of Ireland’s best-loved gems including Irish favorites like Gilly Blackfoot where a young lad’s aversion to washing his feet causes him to fall in with a fairy band. Cloaks of invisibility and magic spells abound as hapless Gilly sets out to help free the Princess of France. Known for her vivid comedic style, Diane brings delight to her interpretations of these classic Irish favorites. This performance is accompanied by Margot Chamberlain on Celtic harp.
$501- $1000
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