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Program
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Description
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Ferrari, Johnda Ooey- Gooey Chemistry Nature- Environment,
Nature- Other,
Science
Roll up your sleeves for some gooey fun as Nature Detectives work as chemists! In science teams, children will love their investigation of strange materials. They will measure, pour, mix and compare various solids and liquids. Watch as these substances foam, gel, glob, ooze, bubble up or disappear before your eyes! A fun time for the mad scientist learning about chemical properties.
$101- $200
Newcombe, Melody 'Dig into Reading with Mother Earth' Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Science
Melody a.k. Mother Earth will inspire kids to DIG INTO READING as she reveals amazing secrets about the world of plants,soil, mammals, reptiles, birds & bugs Dig into the fascinating facts with interactive Storytelling, Nature Lore, Animal SFX, Puppetry, Ventriloquism, Comedy, Magic, Music and Songs, Melody will Mesmerize Any Audience. Melody, her research and photography was featured on National Geographic Society CBS-TV special The Hidden World of Insects, NBC-TV The Cicada Story, WNET-TV Dining Out on Edible Wild Foods and has been interviewed on NPR Weekend Edition and on countless other radio and TV stations around the USA. For more information or to book shows for library, school assembly and classroom programs, call or email Melody Newcombe at 845-853-3761. Thank you.
$201- $350
Boyer, Jeff The Science of Magic Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Science
THE SCIENCE OF MAGIC. Arthur C. Clark once wrote that “sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” and today we live in the age of technology. We are surrounded by magic. In the first half of this show “Boyer the Magnificent” entertains and amazes us with several classic magic illusions. Objects change colors, light bulbs blaze to life with no apparent power source, and spheres levitate before us. Is this magic? “Professor Boyer” says “No!” In the second half of the show he performs these same feats using the tools of modern technology. Explaining laws of physics as he goes, the professor teaches the audience the principles that make these astounding demonstrations possible. Throughout the show volunteers are brought up on stage to participate in an event that amuses, amazes, educates and entertains.
$501- $1000
Raabe, Kim Privler Modus Operandi Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
Mama Pajama’s Playhouse is back to support Summer Reading Program 2014’s theme “Fizz! Boom! Read!” with a brand-new, original, live, interactive, Musical Story Show coming to libraries across New York State in July and August 2014. “Modus Operandi!” explodes with interesting scientific activities audience members can try for themselves, thought-provoking books, Information and Fun Facts about how things work, and of course, no MPP performance would be complete without the interactive music Mama Pajama’s young audiences have come to know and love throughout the years. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind experience that will leave kids wanting more knowledge, renting more library books, and exploring science this summer in a super fun way. Join us to learn how birds fly, why magnets stick to the fridge, how a piano makes music, and many more fascinating things!
$351- $500
Zimmermann, Linda Bad Science: A Brief History of Bizarre Theories History,
Science
"Bad Science: A Brief History of Bizarre Misconceptions, Totally Wrong Conclusions, and Incredibly Stupid Theories won the 2011 Silver Medal for Humor, in the Independent Publisher's Awards. This program takes a humorous look at bloodletting, alchemy, quack devices, the worship of meteorites, faked data, secret testing on people, and all kinds of really ridiculous ideas. From the ancient Greeks to the present, the history of science has been fraught with persecution, fraud, and ignorance on a massive scale--but that doesn't mean we can't laugh about it!
$201- $350
Grubb, Christopher Planetarium Adventures Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
Prepare yourself as Planetarium Adventures takes you on a journey that will Inspire, Innovate and bring Discovery to the classroom. Planetarium Adventures is a completely portable planetarium that comes to you! No matter if you represent a school, a library or even a local community organization, Planetarium Adventures will bring the universe to the classroom. Please visit the website for complete descriptions on all programs offered. Planetarium Adventures can also adapt any program to fit your needs.
$101- $200
Adams, Lori Timeless Triops - A Prehistoric Creature Nature- Animals,
Science,
Visual Arts- Other
Triops are small aquatic creatures that have not changed in over 220 million years. They are one of the oldest living animal species on earth. Although they are not well known, some people keep them as pets. Meet local author and photographer, Lori Adams, who will read excerpts from her book Timeless Triops A Prehistoric Creature. She will also explain how photographers and scientists study these creatures. Children will be able to view Triops under a microscope and make a Triops puppet to take home. Triops eggs and instructions will be provided to library staff 1 month prior, so the library can raise their own triops. Triops usually live 6-8 weeks. Books and triops eggs will be available for purchase.
$201- $350
Ferrari, Johnda For the Birds Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Join in as Nature Detectives play the role of ornithologists exploring the world of birds! What characteristics make a bird? We will look at feathers, beaks, feet, nests and eggs. Models of bird specimens such as bluejays, flamingo and ducks will be on hand. After our examination,we will play games about adaptations. We end with helping our feathered friends by making a bird feeder to take home!
$101- $200
Friedhoffer, Bob MAGIC TRICKS - SCIENCE FACTS Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Science
LIBRARY PROGRAMS There are a number of programs available for libraries based upon Friedhoffer's books and academic work. All of the programs listed have been successfully presented at libraries across the United States. He can appear at you library as an author, a scientist, a magician, and/or a teacher. Available programs: Magic Tricks - Science Facts a/k/a The Scientific Magic Show Boomerangs - How to Make and Throw Them A History of Scientific Recreations Science Fair Workshops for Parents and Students Magic Shows for Children Magic Shows for Young Adults The Deception of Perception - How One's Senses Can Be And Are Manipulated Einstein and the Quantum World - Analogs of Relativistic and Quantum Science to Understanding of The Very Large and the Very Small
$501- $1000
Boyer, Jeff Fun with Energy Other,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
Jeff Boyer takes audiences on an exciting energy-filled ride they'll always remember! Jeff brings kids right up on stage for interactive demonstrations that entertain and amaze. Science is FUN! And the science of energy is as fun as it gets. Jeff shows kids that energy is what makes our world work, through carefully laid out activities illustrating the laws and forces which govern the world around us. Kids learn about sound and light, including solar power, and electric and kinetic energies, with materials ranging from everyday objects like softballs and breakfast cereal, to radiometers and lasers, even a Van de Graaf generator!
$501- $1000
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