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Bromka, Sondra & John 'Who Has Heard the Wind?' - Interactive Family Concert of Historic Wind Instruments History,
Music,
Science
This performance is the perfect complement to our storytelling performance 'THE BOY WHO WENT TO VISIT the NORTH WIND.' Our extensive early instrument collection features a joyous diversity of historic MEDIEVAL, RENAISSANCE, and TRADITIONAL FOLK INSTRUMENTS. Playing upon the wind as our theme and setting, we often usher in our performance journey with an early music mini-concert , specially highlighting our collection of early wind instruments of all shapes, sizes, and sounds. The audience is treated to consorts of recorders, of curious crumhorns, historical bagpipes both loud and soft, and a mysteriously ancient gemshorn. As you enjoy this exploration of historic instruments, marvel at the wonderful ways human kind has used wood, animal horn, reed, leather, and ingenuity to invent instruments that create a rainbow of musical sounds. These two complementary programs unite to appeal to all the senses, a memorable and meaningful feast for the eyes, ears, and imagination! For EARTHDAY and ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS EVENTS, the artists can also explore mankind’s long partnership with the wind as energy, and how cultures around the world have shaped, utilized, and interacted with wind’s many powers and wonders. Windmills, kites, sailboats, seeds… wind contributes significantly to our lives, pleasures, & history.
$351- $500
Adams, Lori Timeless Triops - A Prehistoric Creature Nature- Animals,
Science,
Visual Arts- Other
Triops are small aquatic creatures that have not changed in over 220 million years. They are one of the oldest living animal species on earth. Although they are not well known, some people keep them as pets. Meet local author and photographer, Lori Adams, who will read excerpts from her book Timeless Triops A Prehistoric Creature. She will also explain how photographers and scientists study these creatures. Children will be able to view Triops under a microscope and make a Triops puppet to take home. Triops eggs and instructions will be provided to library staff 1 month prior, so the library can raise their own triops. Triops usually live 6-8 weeks. Books and triops eggs will be available for purchase.
$201- $350
Animal Embassy, . Talk to the Animals with Animal Embassy Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Science
This educational and entertaining program will take library patrons around the world with a unique group of rescued animals, representing diverse habitats. Animals have many ways to communicate and Animal Embassy will help children to interpret and even mimic some of them. Participants will learn to grunt like a hippo, roar like a lion, or trumpet like an elephant. We can learn a lot from our animal friends if we listen carefully and observe behavioral cues. Join Animal Embassy as we unravel some of the mysteries of animal communication. Meet live Animal Ambassadors such as frogs, Chinchillas, a Milk snake, a large Green iguana and more!
$201- $350
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, Chilian Degu, Rainforest Opossum, 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 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 touch the presented live animals under supervision. I can tailor my program to fit your audience and/or timing needs. Please visit my website for photos & information.
$201- $350
Field, Barb Zany Science with Prof. Womboggle Performing Arts- Clowning,
Science
BJ and Company will custom design the right program for your needs. We have worked extensively with children and families and performed hundreds of shows. SUGGESTED PROGRAM: (other topics are available!!!) Barb will come as Prof. Womboggle. She will do a fun, hands-on science lesson about the most dangerous chemical compound in the world! First we will discuss how one atom of oxygen (a highly combustible element) combines with two atoms of hydrogen (also highly combustible) to create this compound… DON'T let the students know that it’s water! Then we’ll do several experiments together which demonstrate the unique properties of water. The students love learning about science with Prof. Womboggle. www.bjandcompany.com 607-432-0988
$201- $350
Reynolds, Jackie Science & Educational Magic Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Science
Chemical engineer to clown? Yes, that's her career path... The true story as Jackie Reynolds (Bee Bee the Clown and/or Jackie the Magician) brings science to summer reading. Imagine the possibilities! She encourages kids to understand the magic of the world with a science explanation. This interactive magic show is also a great example for young people of an unconventional career path with lots of cool magic effects using real world objects.
$201- $350
Science, Wondergy Energy Zone Health & Fitness- Other,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Hands-on activities where everyone can generate power, capture sunlight, and conserve energy. Together, we'll learn how we can convert energy from one form to another, how to store our energy for later, and what we can use some unusual forms of energy to do.
$351- $500
Bureau, Sandra On your mark, get set, blow! Nature- Other,
Science
Wind spreads seeds, butterflies and birds use wind to soar, sand and snow form dunes and water waves with wind. We’ll explore all the cool things wind does in nature through games and projects. We do this through activities, games and participants always have some project to bring home with them. I can modify for a preschool audience also
$101- $200
Sobel, Anna Fairies of the Seasons Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Science
In this magical show, set on a handmade dress that twirls as the year turns, each season has its own fairy that takes care of changing the natural world accordingly. That is, until a grumpy gnome decides to rearrange all the season fairies, so things will stay the same all year round. Beautiful handmade fairy puppets and hand-felted animals invite young children to move, sing, and help the fairies of each season as they try to find their way back. Recommended for ages 2-7. More information available at www.talkinghandstheatre.com
$201- $350
Kronzek, Allan The Magician's Art and Scientific Inquiry Performing Arts- Magic,
Science
How do magic tricks fool us? Where does our thinking go astray? If we can be fooled by the illusions of a stage magician, how do we know we aren't being fooled by other illusions as well? Among the core science concepts explored in this eye-opening program--which combines baffling magic with audience brainstorming--are those related to developing skepticism, forming hypothesis, questioning appearances, testing explanations, and distinguishing between a scientific and non-scientific world view. Allan Zola Kronzek is a writer, magician, and longtime teaching artist. He is the author of the NY Times bestseller The Sorcerer's Companion-A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter, and the highly-acclaimed A Book of Magic for Young Magicians - The Secrets of Alkazar.
$501- $1000
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