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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
School, Animal Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Nature- Animals,
Other,
Performing Arts- Other
Our friendly reindeer mascot, Rudolph, is always happy to visit your holiday festival, library, school, restaurant, Breakfast with Santa event, holiday parade, etc... Rudolph can be indoors or outdoors!
Up to $100
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
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Silk! Growing and Spinning History,
Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Animals
Learn how to grow silk worms in a sustainable manner, and to spin real silk cocoons into thread. The cultural heritage of silk, the trade routes, and unique properties of the fabric will be discussed. Products made from silk will be covered, as well as host plant propogation and larval care practices. Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions and to be added to my live booking link and visual catalog. Suitable for the 2019 summer reading program.
$101- $200
Hoffman, Bernadette Wildlife Education by Bernie Nature- Animals,
Science
Live animal presentation with three species of your choice. Information is given on the life of each animal including interesting tidbits. Live Animals: Canada Lynx, European Polecat, African Hedgehog, South American Chinchilla, Ring-necked Dove and Yellow-naped Amazon Parrot(talks). Interactive Educational Games - Who's That Tail? Wild Faces, Track Match. More Animal Science and fun facts using three or more animal artifacts including skulls, furs, hides, claws, antlers, horns, eggs or feathers and/or focusing on a program theme of your choice. Program Themes: Adirondack Animals, Animal Stories, Animals Around the Globe, Antlers & Horns, Aquatic Animals, Burrowing Animals-The Diggers, Claws & Paws, Eggs & Feathers, Endangered & Threatened Species, Gone to the Dogs, Horns of Plenty, Night Animals, North American Species, Marsupials & Down Under, Odd & Unusual, Out of Africa, Predator & Prey, Reptiles, Rodents & Lagomorphs, and Wiley Weasels. Questions & Answer Session Touch & Explore is where you get to feel & examine the animal artifacts up close and possibly touch the presented live animals under supervision depending on the animal. I can tailor my program to fit your audience and/or timing needs. Please visit my website for photos & information.
$201- $350
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Plant Propagation Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Gardening,
Science
Did you know that plants can grow from cuttings and not just seeds? Would you like to learn how to graft scions and choose root stocks? What hormonal treatments or media should be used to encourage growth, and what is the science behind it? Maybe you do not possess a green thumb, but always dreamed of having a beautiful garden. This program will inspire young and old alike to collect coleus, jade, violet, and other easy to propagate plants, and dive into citrus and other exotics to enrich their lives and give everyone the opportunity to grow an amazing garden. Participants may bring home cuttings and seeds to sow at home or in the vacant lot next door. Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions and to be added to my live booking link and visual catalog.
$101- $200
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Laura Ingalls Day Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Animals,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Laura Ingalls Day is a compilation of programs normally taught in a 1 hour block, designed for a kickoff or finale to summer reading, or an event that will bring in patrons during the winter. Starting with sugaring off, we will make sugar on snow, then move onto fresh butter, cheese, and sourdough bread. Next we will plant a garden on the library grounds or start transplants for growing on the windowsill. We can wash up with home made old fashioned lye soap, and hand dip candles. Wrap it all up by meeting farm animals and learning to care for them just like Laura and Mary. Based on book: Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, this program can incorporate reading the book and eating between stations. The program can last 4-8 hours, depending on age group and individual or combinations of stations. 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 the 2019 summer reading program.
$501- $1000
Rogers, John BUILD YOUR OWN BLUEBIRD BOX Nature- Animals,
Nature- Other,
Other
Build your own bluebird nest box! Kids and adults love to make their own bluebird box. Other birds that use this box include tree swallows, chickadees, titmice, and wrens. It is a hands-on learning experience. Using pre-cut lumber with ALL materials and tools provided, everyone makes and takes home a bluebird nest box. (Or,alternatively, a chickadee box with a smaller entrance hole for those who do not have good bluebird habitat.) The nest box building program includes a PowerPoint presentation on bluebirds and other birds with John Rogers. This dynamic and colorful PowerPoint presentation will educate the audience on bluebirds, other birds, and how to properly place their box, etc. The slide program will add about 45 minutes, making the total time up to 90 minutes. Customized as needed. (Please refer to the other listing for a description of the full length, stand alone PowerPoint presentation.) Children, adults, and families love this hands-on activity, and it provides an opportunity to help bluebirds, and other birds, too. Materials include pre-cut wood, nails, and inside plastic strip. Tools include hammers and safety glasses. Mr. Rogers cuts and drills the wood himself in his garage.
Up to $100
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Chickens Around the World History,
Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Animals
Chickens are fascinating to kids, just ask my daughter Vienna as she walks around with one on her shoulder. Bring real live leashed chickens into your library for a fun filled, cluckingly good time! This program features chickens from around the world; Speckled Sussex from England, Blue Andalusians from Spain, Glossy Black Sumatras, Araucana from South America, Cuckoo Maran from France, and others who lay different colors and sizes of eggs. Learn the history and unique characteristics of these breeds, along with basic animal husbandry skills. Children can pet the chickens and depending on the season we bring baby chicks along. (Don't worry, we bring a droppings mat to protect the floor!) Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions and to be added to my live booking link and visual catalog. This program is suitable for the 2019 Summer reading program.
$101- $200
Marki, Trish The Wildlife Institute of Eastern NY Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Our educational programs allow learners of all ages to see live birds of prey up-close and to learn about the impressive adaptations and behaviors of these remarkable birds. We also discuss the conservation issues that impact them and how to make a difference. Several different Bird of Prey programs are available with discussion on the different species behaviors and habitats along with hands-on learning with real feathers, talons and bones, as well as information on local wildlife, wildlife rehabilitation and what to do if you find injured or orphaned wildlife. We also offer owl pellet dissection programs. All Programs are designed according to the audience. Special requests are always considered
$201- $350
Brown, Wayne & Karen The Ocean Adventure Nature- Marine Life,
Science,
Visual Arts- Other
Professional underwater photographers, California marine biologist, Wayne Brown, and his SCUBA instructor wife, Karen, bring their exciting real-life expeditions to your patrons with fast-paced and entertaining multimedia presentations using unique props, biological specimens, breathtaking photography, storytelling techniques, audience participation and life-sized, inflatable animals. Programs include: • The Australia Great White Shark Expedition • The Belize Whale Shark Expedition • A Visit to Nemo's Home -- The Australia Great Barrier Reef • Funny and Freaky Fish in the Caribbean Sea • Diving with Dolphins and Humpback Whales • Playing with Living Mermaids -- Florida Manatees • Slimy Seaweed & Funny and Freaky Fish in the California Kelp Forest • Funny and Freaky Animals in the Belize Rainforests and Coral Reefs • Weird & Creepy Sea Creatures that Go Bump in the Night in the Caribbean Sea
$501- $1000
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