Performers and Programs

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Zimmermann, Linda Zombies, the Undead, and the People Who Love Them Literature- Authors,
Other
What is our fascination with zombies and other undead creatures? This program examines the history of these frightening beings of myth and legend from countries around the world. It also takes a look at the modern day infatuation with zombies, highlighting aspects of my novel "Hudson Valley Zombie Apocalypse," which was also turned into a graphic novel.
$101- $200
Wasik, David Create A Mini-Book Literature- Authors,
Visual Arts- Drawing,
Visual Arts- Crafts
This is an all-ages, family-friendly, literacy/arts program. Participants are provided with an Eco-friendly blank mini-book and are encouraged to decorate, design and write their own short story of a theme on to the structure. The writing is accompanied by drawings and arts & crafts supplied at the program. This is a make and take program.
$101- $200
Luper, Eric From Reluctant Reader to Author Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors
Author, Eric Luper, grew up as the most reluctant of reluctant readers. Through the course of his life, he gradually turned around and found a passion in the written word. Today, Eric is a published author with Farrar, Straus & Giroux, HarperCollins, Scholastic. Luper also writes for Cartoon Network and Mad Libs. Join Eric as he takes you on the profound and often humorous journey from reluctant reader through the many steps that led to his publication.
$1001- $3000
Unkel, Rich The Write Life Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Literature- Other
Workshops can be custom designed to fit the needs of your establishment. One size does not fit all. These workshops can bridge the gap between child and parent in an interactive presentation that ALL will love and participate in. All creative writing topics can be presented by children's author, Rich Unkel.
Up to $100
Kelly, Rorie “Light a Candle” Creativity-Sparking Workshop Literature- Creative Writing,
Music,
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
Ceceri, Kathy Start a Mini Makerspace for Kids Literature- Creative Writing,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
You don't have to be an engineer to bring hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math programs to your library, school, or at home. Kathy Ceceri, author of the best-selling activity books 'Robotics: Discover the Science and Education of the Future' and 'Paper Inventions,' will share low tech/no tech ideas to help get kids designing, building, and inventing! Find out about the best materials and tools to have on hand for different ages, abilities, and budgets, as well as where to find simple project ideas and resources for further exploration. Kathy has presented hundreds of fun hands-on learning programs for kids around the Northeast, and consulted with schools, libraries, and makerspaces on how to create great hands-on learning environments for all ages. Her articles and projects have appeared in Make Magazine, Wired, Disney's FamilyFun and About.com's Homeschooling page. She is co-producer of the Troy Mini Maker Faire and a popular speaker at Maker Faires across the country.
$201- $350
Meissner, Lisa Let's Read Literature- Other,
Music
Interactive program celebrating the joys of reading with music.
$201- $350
Alive!, Poetry Poetry Alive! K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 Life Skills- Other,
Literature- Poetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
Poetry Alive! provides a high energy interactive show with separate shows for K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Two actors perform and bring students on stage with a wide variety of poems. Shows change every year and you can find the most recent shows at the Poetry Alive! website. The Poetry Alive! show serves as a role model for an approach to poetry that teachers and students can use in the classroom. We also offer workshops for students and teachers.
$501- $1000
Riedel, Cris Make the World a Better Place Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
All the stories in this program are old folktales, from six countries around the world. This program takes its theme from the 2017 summer reading theme. Stories in the program: 999 Steps, from Japan; the First House, from India; Lazy Jack, from England; The First Strawberries, from the Cherokee; the Butterfly Coat, from China; and Hummingbird's Advice, from India. If you'd like a longer/shorter program, that can be arranged!
$201- $350
Sardelli, Darren BUILD-A-POEM WORKSHOP Literature- Poetry,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors
BUILD-A-POEM workshops are specifically designed for elementary and middle school students. During a workshop, Darren teaches students how to spice up their writing with humor, creativity, and imagination. After a short brain storming activity, Darren combines the student’s ideas with his own and writes an amazing rhyming poem with them. He shows them how to structure each line, paint pictures with their words, and demonstrates how to describe objects in a variety of ways. By the end of the workshop, they’ll have a fun, creative, imaginative poem that everyone is excited about.
$501- $1000
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