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Description
Fee
Bromka, Sondra & John 'Wassail' Renaissance Christmas Pageant & Music Revels Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
'Sing, Say, and Play!' in this participatory Christmas music and pageant performance that toasts the old year and welcomes in the new. Set in the Magical Days of Yore, it is fanciful weaving of historic music, traditions, and surprises. 'Wassail' comes from the Old English greeting Wes hael, meaning 'Be thou hail!' and wassailers even today go about England carolling friends & neighbors in this traditional musical well-wishing. To highlight the event, the audience takes on roles in a traditional mummers’ play - a lighthearted spectacle of singing, costumes and laughter. Mummers' plays are still performed in rural England as improvisatory theater in streets, homes, and community gatherings, and feature a host of characters who symbolically assist the sun in its turning through the shortest days of the year. The culminating event of the play is the grand Wassail Bowl, around which all gather to wish a fine Yuletide Season! Come One and All, Young and Old, Shy and Bold, and let thy fancies run free (and be sure to bring your cameras!)
$351- $500
Van Egmond, Timothy Sing, Jump, Laugh, Clap! (For Young Children) Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Lively songs, finger plays, movement activities, and flannel board stories to delight young children while helping to develop language skills and literacy readiness. Tim has worked extensively with young children in school residencies and programs for family centers and libraries. He's also led workshops for teachers and assistants as well as fellow performers and teaching artists. Tim Van Egmond has been delighting and captivating audiences all over the country for over 30 years. He has been selected for the New England States Touring Program, the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Education Programs, and the New Hampshire State Library's Kids, Books, and the Arts Project.
$351- $500
Herscovitch, Lara …And Justice For All: Advocacy for Reform through a Music Lens Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Decades of misguided policy and practice have created a human and civil rights crisis in the U.S. The massive, unequal and unethical overreach of our criminal justice system creates more problems than it solves. Though there is widespread, bipartisan, well-researched agreement on the need to shrink and reform the justice system, federal leadership is now repeating many of the same costly mistakes. This unique, multi-media program is educational and entertaining, part presentation and part concert. It covers themes including the over-criminalization of human behavior, implicit and system bias, impacts on children, mass incarceration, for-profit prisons, impacts on children and the role of schools, and alternative approaches that set us up to succeed instead of to fail.
$351- $500
Lienhard, Marco Japanese Folk dance and bamboo flute program Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
A program of colorful Japanese folk dances and soothing melodies played on the Shakuahchi( 5 hole end blown bamboo flute) and the Fue (side blown bamboo flute)
$501- $1000
Pelc, Cindy and Jim Ready, Set, Read! 2016 Performing Arts- Magic
Comedy magic show of surprises, challenging children to be avid readers! Jokes, bubblegum, watermelon, bananas ... toilet paper? Yes, all of these will be used in this fun-filled show while we talk about reading, the value of our library, healthy food choices and healthy competition - we all win when we read.
$101- $200
Schembri, Pamela Author Visit Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Using her storytelling as a springboard for writing, students will see how the plot and characters have developed in the series Second-Grade Friends. Interactive program with slides, suitable for elementary-aged students.
$351- $500
Sardelli, Darren MEET THE AUTHOR! (Children's Book Author, Darren Sardelli) Literature- Authors,
Literature- Poetry,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Come meet award winning poet and children's book author, Darren Sardelli. He makes poetry fun and exciting for everyone. His poems are featured in 20 children’s books in the U.S. and England, and dozens of textbooks (worldwide). Darren has visited more than 600 schools, helping students tap into their creativity, inspiring them to write about what they love, and demonstrating how to paint pictures with words. His powerful poetry assemblies and dynamic writing workshops have turned countless students and educators onto poetry. Darren’s poems have been featured on Radio Disney, in best selling books on the Scholastic Book List, and are being used in lesson plans all around the world. His entertaining and engaging poems delight, excite, and ignite imaginations everywhere!
$501- $1000
Schembri, Pamela Telling Stories, Writing Books Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Pamela Schembri, professional storyteller and author of the easy-to-read series Second-Grade Friends (Holt)presents a fascinating and lively program which combines the writing process and its relationship to storytelling. If you can tell it, you can write it - and people understand this connection after listening to her speak. Using storyboards, journal excerpts and folktales, this is a great program to motivate young writers.
$351- $500
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel Travel the World with Stories (Build a Better World) Performing Arts- Storytelling
Understanding and appreciating others can be a first step to building a better world. Stories from each continent highlight differences in cultures and circumstances while drawing attention to the commonality of the human experience. This collection features some of Rachel and Rebeca’s best loved stories for adult and teen audiences.
$101- $200
Graham, Michael Michael Graham's Spring Valley Puppet Theater Multicultural- Other,
Museums,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Illusion has triumphed. And so has Michael Graham, who gives life, at least momentarily, to a most improbable cast of characters. The New York Daily News The Spring Valley Puppet Theater has been performing for schools and libraries throughout New England for over 30 years. Each performance combines delightfully original scripts, appealing characters, beautifully hand-crafted hand and rod puppets, lighting, music and humor. The result is highly entertaining puppet theater. A highlight of each library program is an informative and exciting behind-the-scenes look at the technique and artistry used in puppet theater, including a demonstration of favorite characters. In most school assembly performances, the front curtain is removed and students are invited to explore the art of puppetry through an insightful and absorbing question and answer period. A wonderful educational experience! Productions include Jack and the Beanstalk (1994 UNIMA Award recipient.) The Three Wishes, The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, The Lazy Fox/ El Zorro Perezoso (bilingual,) Puss in Boots, A Holiday Fantasy. All shows play to a maximum audience of 350. Recommended for ages 5 and up / K thru 6th grade. Prices range from $335 to $400 plus travel. Please call for pricing information.
$351- $500
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* Inclusion in this database does not indicate endorsement of any performer or program by the NYS Education Department, the Office of Cultural Education, the NYS Library or the participating library systems, nor does it eliminate the need for reference checks and appropriate standard screening procedures.

 

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