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Kelly, Rorie “Light a Candle” Creativity-Sparking Workshop Literature- Creative Writing,
Visual Arts- Other
The “Light a Candle” workshop aims to spark creativity, helping participants find and use their own voices. As a group, we choose a theme or idea that we would like to shine a light on with our work. Creative prompts and brainstorming get our juices flowing, and we’ll work individually on our own creations. This might include art, writing, or musical expression. Afterwards, will each get a chance to share our work and discuss what we’ve learned. The act of raising our voices honestly can become a powerful source of positive change and connection. The “Light a Candle” workshop puts participants in touch with their own voices, helping them learn to express themselves powerfully.
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - Jim West Productions' AESOP'S FABLES Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Puppetry, classical music, drawing, storytelling and geography - Jim has something for everyone. AESOP 'S FABLES With the help of Aesop himself (and his faithful dog, Moral), Jim and his partners share the famous fables, including The Lion and the Mouse, The Tortoise and the Hare, and the Fox and the Grapes. This large-scale puppet production also features the music of Scarlatti, Beethoven, and Chopin.
$1001- $3000
Handy, Spook Ground Breaking Troubadours History,
Performing Arts- Other
Spook Handy has been called “a modern day troubadour in the style of Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs.” In fact, Spook’s style of acoustic guitar, harmonica and singing fits right in with the Ground Breaking Troubadours of the 20th Century – Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Peter Paul and Mary, Phil Ochs and others – who paved the path for thousands of acoustic songwriters and folk musicians to follow. This program tells the history of America through songs that were often the first of their kind. Many of the songs in this program and the stories behind them were taught to Spook by his mentor Pete Seeger.
$501- $1000
A Barrel of Fun Productions, Art Miller A Barrel of Fun Music Programs Music,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
A Barrel of Fun offers a wide variety of music programs, both educational and comedy based. All of our performances include a various assortment of instruments. All shows are audience interactive. Music programs offered are: World Tour of Music (Educational and entertaining) American Music Tribute (Educational and entertaining) Bongo Joe (Percussion and stringed instruments) Ukulele Art (Music with vintage ukuleles and comedy) Ukulele Lady (Music with vintage ukuleles) Uke Nuts-musical duo, featuring vintage ukuleles. Programs for children and grownups. Catfish Charlie (Camp songs & comedy) Rattlesnake Red (Western & comedy) Some shows are theme adaptable for summer reading programs. For the 2016 library summer reading theme, Get On Your Mark, Set, Read. We are suggesting the following programs: Catfish Charlie's The Great Outdoors- (Comedy/Music), and Bongo Joes's Get Movin'- (Music/Comedy). (See website for descriptions and photos)
$201- $350
Grudko, Marian Beatrix Potter’s classic “The Tale of Jemima Puddle-duck” Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Beatrix Potter’s classic “The Tale of Jemima Puddle-duck” performed by Marian Grudko and
 accompanied by Marian’s original musical score “A magical combination of story and music” Potter’s tale is presented word for word,
 but included in the score are two songs with original lyrics: “Jemima” 
about the pretty duck who wished to hatch her own eggs, and 
“I’m The Fox” a hilarious soliloquy by the “bushy, long-tailed gentleman,” 
who thinks himself irresistible and invites Jemima 
to a dinner party, “all to ourselves!” And you will be captivated by the bewitching
 “Waltz of Jemima and the Fox.”
$201- $350
Handy, Spook America's Story through Folk Songs History,
Performing Arts- Other
Traces American Folk Music from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger through today. Honoring the great traditions of American roots music, songs inspired by the Dust Bowl, Great Depression, Civil Right Movement, 60's and 70's Peace Movement and more recent issues are presented with a completely contemporary sound and unabashedly positive sensibility. The passion, purpose and spirit of American folk music is alive and well. 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 for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
Linthwaite, Dara Libraries Rock with Songs of the Sea Literature- Other,
Nature- Marine Life
Reinforce your child's experiences with water activities this summer with "Songs of the Sea". Little ones will participate in music and movement activities as they listen and sing along to songs about the beach, the water, and the creatures who dwell therein. Parents and children will "Row, row, row" their boats together, learn finger plays and some simple sign language while enriching their own song repertoire for the summer. All music is performed live by Miss Dara, with help from the children.
$101- $200
Cavanaugh, Deb Creepy Crawlers Music,
Nature- Animals,
Sing along, play percussion instruments and enjoy moving around as we use our imaginations to bring these songs about insects, crawdads and other creepy crawlers to life at your library. This program may also include looking at books and can be presented with or without supplemental educational materials.
$201- $350
Japanese Arts Center, Ryu Shu Kan Taiko Drums Workshop Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
Workshops allow our performers to share the joy of Taiko with their audiences. Taiko is used as an educational tool to teach the music, culture and history of Japan to the community; and to imbue a strong appreciation for cultural tradition and the arts. Our Taiko workshop begins with a warm-up routine to prepare to strike the Taiko in a safe and controlled manner so there will be no injuries during the class. We then proceed to teach the basic swings involved with the various traditional pieces to be taught. After learning a few basic rhythms, the participants will learn two pieces that require not only striking the Taiko; but also movement around the Taiko which incorporate Martial Arts movements & traditional Folk Dance movements.
$351- $500
Morse, Andy MAKE A SPLASH...READ! Music,
Nature- Animals,
Nature- Marine Life
Make a Splash..Read! program is a 45 minute interactive exploration of the Wonders of Water, Ocean Fun, Fresh Water and Beach Life using songs, story songs and some creative movement. One of Andy's most requested songs, Funky ABC's will be sung and every letter of the alphabet at the audiences suggestion will be water related. To keep traditional music alive and well the old favorite, Down the Bay will be in the repertoire, asking audiences for rhyming suggestions. Children will also have a chance to move like water creatures during a few songs. Much more fun is planned. Audience participation is always encouraged.
$501- $1000
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