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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Linthwaite, Dara The Singing Tree Literature- Other,
Music,
Nature- Environment
What better place to curl up with a good book than under the shady leaves of a favorite tree? Miss Dara plays the guitar as she teaches songs and fingerplays and reads a story or two about the seasons of tree.
$101- $200
Grudko, Marian Dragonfly Bog Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Dragonfly Bog a musical tale for families and adults 
by composer and storyteller Marian Grudko The air is poisoned, the water harsh and bitter. The Bog is in trouble and the dragonflies are leaving --
all except Sura, a small blue dragonfly who stays behind and sets out to save Dickinson Bog Turtle. More than a story of an endangered wetland,
“Dragonfly Bog” is a tale of friendship, sacrifice, and the power of music. Marian will perform the story, accompanied by her enchanting musical score. This program is for everyone who loves good music, 
a good story and good theater.
$201- $350
Knight, Leonora Pre-K - 2nd Grade Animal Show Literature- Other,
Music,
Science
Your younger patrons will love performing songs to such books as From Head to Toe, The Very Busy Spider, Stellaluna, In the Small Pond, Quiet Cricket, Mr. Seahorse, Rainbow Fish, Diary of a Worm or a Fly and more! Each show features 7 different original and multi-cultural songs which are transformed into age appropriate musical numbers. They will learn about the animals behavior by acting out to the music! Props, puppets and costumes enhance creativity.
$201- $350
Costanzo, Jerry "Sinatra Inspired" Music,
Music,
Music
With 2015 being the 100th Birthday of Frank Sinatra Popular NYC Singer, bandleader and recording artist Jerry Costanzo “… performs a mix of timeless standards, inspired by the great Frank Sinatra and other crooning legends including Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr. and others... Jerry and his swigin pals, pay tribute to the musical heroes who inspired his career. Jerry performs original arrangements of classic tunes, such as “Come Fly With Me,” “Don’t Cha Go Away Mad,” and “I've Got The World On A String.” As well as, songs from his four CDs, "Destination Moon", "Can’t We Be Friends", "Can I Steal a Little Love" and "Invitation". Jerry is accompanied by an “All Star,” 9-piece Swing Orchestra.
$1001- $3000
Meissner, Lisa Adirondack Cares History,
Music,
Nature- Other
Interactive program of celebrating Adirondack people and environment with new and traditional folk music.
$201- $350
Maichack, Mary Jo Meowls & Growls Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
“Meowls & Growls” is really a one-person variety show co-created by the audience in celebration of animals. The program entertains all ages with a mix of songs and folktales led by Maichack. In “Ticky-Picky Buzz Buzz,” audience-participants in masks play dangerous yams who chase Mr. Tiger. (Choose from different animal dress-up plays--just ask.) In “The Most Precious Possession,” an Italian folktale told with mandolin, a merchant’s feline gift to a king brings him royal riches. You’ll be invited to waltz with imaginary bears, and sing along to songs of animals. Hear the “Fox and the Crow” with participatory song refrain. It is designed to be lots of fun for all ages adult and is about an hour long. There are tons of animal tales!
$351- $500
Maichack, Mary Jo Everybody Says Hello Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This multilingual program is lively and entertaining, with stories sung, told in English with other languages, too—even drawn by audience children with big, colorful markers on a big poster you can keep. The program was nominated for a Mass. Cultural Council Gold Star Program Award. For starters, audience members share "hello" in languages they know. National Award-winning Minstrel Storyteller Mary Jo Maichack leads the fun--Learn and sing a song in Japanese and the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” in Spanish. “Plant” cabbages the French way—with your nose, my leetle cabbage, mon petit chou, in a funny movement game/song that always makes you crack up! There's a wonderful tale of Paco's Wild Villa, told with bits of Spanish and drawn by children. We round it out with a charming dress-up story from Vietnam in feathers. Request Italian, too!
$351- $500
Handy, Spook America's Ground Breaking Troubadour - Woody Guthrie History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Known as the Dust Bowl Balladeer - Woody Guthrie is America's most prolific folk songwriter of the 20th century. Born in 1912, Woody wrote hundreds, if not thousands, of songs that document the history, culture and concerns of 1930's, 40's and 50's America. His songs are highly educational, extremely fun and very sing-alongable. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Pete Seeger covers some of Spook's songs and the two perform together several times per year. Visit www.spookhandy.com for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
McIntosh, Ira Rockin' the World...One Library at a Time! (For 2018 Libraries Rock SRP & more!) Literature- Other,
Music,
Nature- Environment
Ira McIntosh is a stellar performer who gets kids excited about reading - and marveling at the magic & beauty of the wonderful world in which we live - with his rockin’, fun, participatory programs. Ira’s environmentally-conscious rollickin’ good sing-alongs and stories are so infectious, he manages to get everyone to join in the fun. In the words of one librarian: 'Ira was WONDERFUL! He was even able to get a group of 12 year old boys to participate, which is an amazing feat!'
$201- $350
Kruk, Jonathan Finger Fables Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Young children are enchanted into listening with hands-on fables. Little fingers become animals from Aesop or Anansi. Using varied voices, creative movement, gesture, chants, and silly word plays, even the squiggle squirmer gets engaged. Selections include; Rabbit & Turtle, Mouse & Lion, Fox & Crow, Big Fish Small Pond, Barkface & Rootnose, and many more fables are available. Links are made to library collections. Have a master storyteller turn your youngest patrons into active listeners and readers.
$201- $350
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