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Ellison, Emily AAKWAABA, HU JAMBO, AFRICA HURRAH! Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
AAKWAABA, HU JAMBO, AFRICA HURRAH!  Take a music and dance Pan African Safari through the rich and varied continent of Africa with Mama Ellison.  Learn real dances, sing African songs and play beautiful hand made instruments from all corners of the continent.  Wear beautiful clothing and celebrate the culture of our cradle of civilization.  "Please Touch" Mini Museum of African masks, textiles and art included.   Additional add ons: ( one hour program) 
1. Make and Take African Animal Masks for up to 30 people ages 4- 100,   $150.00 materials included, everyone takes home a collaged African Animal Mask made from observation.   2. Make and take African Kente Weavings from Ghana for up to 30 people, ages 10 - adult or younger with adult assistance. $200.00 materials included.  Everyone takes home an African Kente sample in a frame to hang at home. 

$351- $500
Ceceri, Kathy Create an Electric Cardboard Orchestra! Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Learn the basics of music -- AND computer programming -- by writing your own songs on electronic 'instruments' you make yourself! STEM educator Kathy Ceceri, author of books on low-tech electronics projects for kids including 'Making Simple Robots' and 'Paper Inventions,' will show you how to design and build cardboard instruments and how to write the code that makes them work. This workshop uses Makey Makey, a control board that lets you use any conductive object as a computer interface, and the drag-and-drop programming language SCRATCH. Get a fun introduction to notes, beats, and different families of instruments, as well as computer programming! Ages 8 and up.
$351- $500
Connolly, Carol Story Safari Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Listen and join in as the award-winning musical storytelling duo, Tales ‘n Tunes, leads us on a journey all around the world and to our own back yard. We’ll meet a curious frog, a barnyard hen who thought she knew best, a clever porcupine who outwitted a lion and hippo, and a mischievous mouse. Designed to encourage children to read, this Tales ‘n Tunes’ presentation, invites all to come to this rollicking romp with our furry and feathered friends.There will be plenty of singing, beginning with Tales ‘n Tunes’ original song, Bunches of Beasts. And there’ll be lots of opportunities to make animal noises, too.
$201- $350
Drums of Japan, Ryu Shu Taiko Taiko Drums: An Intro to Japanese Culture Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
Performances and workshops allow our performers to share the joy of Taiko with their audiences. “KOKORO” (heart and mind): playing with all our heart and mindful of the long history of Taiko we strive to present an authentic Taiko experience. "KI" (energy and spirit): through Taiko our “Ki” is expressed; and this energy and spirit is shared and received by our audience. “BUNKA” (culture): Taiko is used as an educational tool to teach the music, culture and history of Japan to children in schools and in the community; and to imbue a strong appreciation for cultural tradition and the arts. In our presentation-“The Drums of Noto Hanto”- the audience becomes part of the performance enacting the roles of peasants who drum and dance as demons to scare away invading Samurai. We perform both traditional works and contemporary ones; combining Taiko drumming with Japanese Folk Dance for an exciting presentation that will entertain, enthrall and enrich all that experience the power of the Taiko Drums of Japan!
$351- $500
Epstein Kravis, Anna Summer Reading Show 2015 Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Summer Reading 2015 show coordinates with the 2015 Summer Reading theme: Every Hero Has a story. We celebrate well known heroes, Everyday Heroes and the Hero in You, with interactive puppets, songs, colorful props and move along fun that even the youngest children can enjoy. After all, even Kermit the Frog is a hero in his own way! There are many chances for children to be in the show. As always, the beloved LuLu Llama, Anna's most popular puppet friend, provides lots of fun and laughter for all. Program is offered for young family audiences, for school age and also Read To Me Clubs.
$351- $500
Meissner, Lisa New Music with Traditional Roots Music
Based in the Adirondacks, The Rustic Riders play new music with traditional roots. Lisa Meissner’s songs explore our journeys with others, our world and creation. They are filled with her experience of music from many peoples, times and places and they move the spirit to new understanding.The Rustic Riders’ have recorded two CD’s with Dan Duggan at Esperance Productions in Red Creek. “Hearing Hearts” and “Among These Hills”. Topics covered include stories of people overcoming obstacles, sustainable living and personal relationships.
$351- $500
O'Brien, Meg Fesmire's Folly Music
Five member band performing a variety of music, including classic rock (Beatles, Rolling Stones) and contemporary hits (Christina Aguilera, Sara Bareilles). Can also perform acoustically with just singer, piano, and/or guitar if desired.
$501- $1000
Poe, Robert The Broccoli Rob Show Health & Fitness- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
A Fun way to get your kids to eat their Veggies! Singer/Songwriter, Robert Poe, plays a superhero, Broccoli Rob, along with other characters to stress the importance of eating fruits, vegetables and other high nutrient foods. He combines music, comedy, fitness, dance, and martial arts into an interactive and highly entertaining show. Healthy Eaters Make Good Readers!
$351- $500
McIntosh, Story Laurie 2011 One World, Many Stories - Around the World... Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Once upon a time, a young fellow named Jack grew a cabbage so enormous, he decided to see if he could sail it across the open sea. He could! And so he did. . .And so begins “Around the World in An Afternoon”, a musical storytelling adventure that will transport your library audience to lands both near and far. Within the frame story of Jack sailing on his cabbage (based on an old story dreamed up by Pete Seeger long ago), Story Laurie takes listeners on an imaginary journey that begins in your library’s backyard. The audience will sail south to the small island nation of Haiti, to hear a traditional folk tale. Then they will set sail across the Atlantic, where they will meet characters commonly found in European and African folklore. We then continue our journey around the globe, with a stop in Asia, then the South Seas and finally back home to the United States...singing songs, telling tales, off we go!
$201- $350
Levin, Ira and Julia Literary Elements Literature- Poetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Our Literary Elements program celebrates the lives and works of select poets and authors through music -from the sufi poet Hafiz to Shakespeare, Dickens, Poe, Hesse, Dorothy Parker and more. The program reveres the creative impulse that triumphs over adversity and revels in the spirit!
$201- $350
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