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Program
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Description
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Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Sheep Shearing and Wool Spinning Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Have a sheep shearing fiber festival right at your library! Learn how shepherds care for sheep from lamb to ewe, and watch one of the flock lose their fleece. Then, make a drop spindle from recycled CD's, and after carding you can spin the wool right from the sheep! This program provides patrons with a working knowledge of sheep breeds and their various uses around the world, and wool and spindle to bring home to keep on spinning! Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions to be added to my live booking link. This program is suitable for 2019 summer reading.
$101- $200
School, Animal Vulpinology Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Nature- Other
An interactive program that teaches people what it takes to be a fox. Learn about life in a “fox family” which starts with courtship, choosing a den and raising their young. The kids in the audience will be the young foxes in this simulation and will learn what foxes eat, the purpose of play, how to hunt and how to claim their own territory as they grow older. Folks will learn a little bit about the language of foxes and their incredible ability to adapt to almost any environment.
Up to $100
Sieling, Tom Take a Tromp Through the Swamp! A top 10 lineup of the world's most fun, most participatory kids' songs Music,
Nature- Animals,
Science
After 20 years of programs, here are the 10 most fun, participatory (even a bit athletic!) kids' songs Tom’s been able to find - all in one program! In keeping with the “Libraries Rock!” theme, he includes lots of encouragement of the kids’ lifelong participation in music, reading, and library usage. He performed 52 programs during the Summer Reading season of 2017, accompanying himself on guitar, banjo, and a drum machine to keep things nice and upbeat. He’s added beautiful slides and cool facts about area animals (visuals… like a real rock show!). Tom can usually be booked for $275 with no mileage fee ($250 each for within 125 miles or for 3 or more booked together) - please see below. Dozens of references available. ¬ ‘Tom is a wonderfully engaging performer... sure to raise even the most reticent out of their seat! We 'howled at the moon, sang a wild thing tune', and wanted more!’ - Nicole Carner, Former Library Director, Pember Library, Granville, NY. ‘Tom was amazing!! We all enjoyed his performance. I would love it if he could visit our school again next year. He ROCKS!’ Kristina Kiely, Principal, E. C. Stevens Elementary, Wallingford, CT
$201- $350
Meissner, Lisa Adirondack Cares History,
Music,
Nature- Other
Interactive program of celebrating Adirondack people and environment with new and traditional folk music.
$201- $350
McIntosh, Story Laurie We All Sing Together For A Better World! Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
We All Sing Together For A Better World! is an inspiring and uplifting program where audience members young and old delight in joining in the fun and singing along. In her inimitable and magical way, Story Laurie seamlessly weaves together songs and stories about caring for the Earth and for one another. Story Laurie has a knack for making us laugh while also helping us to think deeply about the kind of world we want to live in and how, by working (& singing!) together, we can all achieve that world. Folk tales, myths, songs both new and old, and real life stories of people doing wondrous things -- all come to life in the hands of this world-wise yet home-grown children’s performer. If ever there were a performer for our times, Story Laurie is IT!
$201- $350
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Sugaring Off - Making Maple Syrup Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Other,
Science
Learn how to tap maple trees properly, different methods with pros and cons. How to store and process sap, measure brix, and grade maple products. Science of sugar discussed, with chemistry. Best of all, live demonstration with partially boiled sap to reduce waiting time, kids can watch syrup finish and taste when cool as sugar on snow. May be done any time of year, ice shavings can substitute for snow in summer. Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions and to be added to my live booking link and visual catalog. Great for 2019 summer reading.
$101- $200
McIntosh, Ira Take It Outside! - Perfect for SRP 2016 On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! Health & Fitness- Other,
Music,
Nature- Environment
“Take it Outside!” is an adventure packed with possibilities! We’ll sing about fishing and frolicking; romping and rollicking; exploring and sailing and swimming and more! Ira McIntosh helps to get kids excited about reading with his lively, fun, participatory programs. He uses stories and songs to illustrate the importance of health and wellness -- not just for us, but also for our communities and surroundings, connecting our fitness with the quality of the food and water that we enjoy.
$201- $350
Cain, Ron Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Magic
Meet Central New York magician Ron Cain's new character, Professor GreenPockets, the good-natured dean of green and master of eco-magic. In Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show, Cain catches the reading bug and makes him the star of the show! This entertaining, educational revue also features magic with a spelling bee, bookworm, flea circus, counting ladybug & caterpillar-turned-butterfly. As always, Ron uses humor and illusion to promote the value of reading and the importance of visiting your local library. The show highlights the state reading program theme, Catch the Reading Bug. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron has more than 16 years of experience performing at schools, libraries, companies and festivals throughout New York. He also has appeared on television’s Pappyland and Saturday Showboat. His magic shows with educational messages include Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show, The Magic of Being Green, Tune In To Magical Idol, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Case of the Missing Bunny, Captain HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Discover Millennium Magic Show and Holiday Hocus Pocus.
$201- $350
Dolan, Mary Beth ANIMAL DRAW! Nature- Animals,
Visual Arts- Drawing,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
A wildly funny class for younger artists! Learn how to draw the faces and bodies of several animals. Complex animals are broken down into basic shapes, almost any animal can be created using the methods used in this program. Thinking like an animal, a CD of animal sounds help set the mood for this program. Includes a cool take-home work book, and all supplies. Last five minutes of the program includes a 'stump the artist' drawing game. Ages 5 and up.
$201- $350
Callender, Erik Erik's Reptile Edventure Show Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Nature- Marine Life
Erik's LIVE Reptile Edventure Show is a Mobile and Educational Show that comes to you featuring live reptiles. Erik will come to your library, school, camp, festival or event to show and teach your group about reptiles and the environment. ...An Amazing Hour Edventure that children of all ages enjoy! Book Now for 20% Off Any Date in 2019! Don't let your kids miss out! Reserve Today! Please Visit www.EdventureShow.com Award Winning Show!
$351- $500
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