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Description
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Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Old Fashioned Soap Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Environment,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Learn to make soap the old fashioned way! This program allows participants to craft their own soap with a variety of molds and natural additions such as hibiscus flowers, jojoba, lavender, vanilla beans, the sky is the limit! This program is tailored to your library audience. For younger children can use a melt and pour soap, and older teens can watch a demonstration of the chemical reaction between lye and lipids. This fits nicely with Laura Ingalls Wilder's 'Little House' books, and some libraries use it as the finale to a story time featuring one to give patrons a real life experience. This program supports building a sustainable future, and is suitable for the 2017 summer reading program.
$101- $200
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Butterfly Release Nature- Animals,
Nature- Gardening,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Everyone loves butterflies, especially up close and personal. They are a medium that unlocks the heart of angry teenagers, and are able to coax the shyest of children out of their shells. When there is a butterfly release in town, people literally drop everything to attend. The day of the event students learn how to identify host and nectar plants, what Monarch eggs, larvae, and pupal forms look like; how to tell a male from female and why the males have pheromone pouches on their wings. There is much discussion on native butterflies in NY and identifying specimens patrons have observed. Releases attract the attention of the local media, and are great publicity. I have Monarch, Painted Lady, Mourning Cloak, Eastern Black Swallowtail, and Red Admiral Butterflies this season. Wild-caught displays (not always available) might include Eastern Tailed Blue, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Cabbage White, White Admiral, and Baltimore Checkerspot. At the end of the program the butterflies are released either individually or as a group. This program is suitable for the 2017 Summer Reading Program.
$101- $200
Edgecomb, Diane Summer Escapades Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Summer Escapades celebrates family fun with participatory stories chosen from Diane's best-loved family tales. Original fables, folktales and songs give us a look at exiting summertime adventures including the aquatic antics of a curious monkey who goes for a wild ride on the back of a shark! Summer Escapades is also available with Celtic harp accompaniment by Margot Chamberlain. Either way it's the perfect summertime treat.
$351- $500
Morse, Andy ONE WORLD... MANY SONGS... Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Nature- Animals
Put the zing in sing this summer! For your special theme this year, I offer you my One World.... Many Songs music program. The children and I will explore songs and languages from around the world through singing, dancing, play-acting and story-telling. With insights and humor arising from the interaction and inventiveness of the kids, I use gentle lessons about understanding and caring for our world and each other. 16 years experience as a full time musician/educator. Fees between $475 and $675 block bookings receive generous discounts.
$501- $1000
Edgecomb, Diane The Salmon of Wisdom Literature- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
True tales and original stories of encounters with the wild. This inspiring and entertaining performance is especially for nature lovers. The show starts off with an upbeat rhyming story of a New York cabbie who travels “up North” in search of a loon. Filled with humorous and evocative moments as we travel with the greenhorn cabbie as he reconnects with the wild. This piece is complemented with beautiful Native American legends and Diane’s original story The Salmon of Wisdom ~ a true tale of a mysterious and inspiring journey along California's Pacific Coast ~ a story of the beauty and mystery of nature. A one of a kind performance by one of New England’s favorite storytellers.
$501- $1000
ROCK, DINOSAURS, GEMS & OCEANS DINOSAURS ROCK Fossil Adventure Museums,
Nature- Animals,
Science
We bring the museum to you! Giant exhibits & interactive, entertaining performance - 50+ life-size & genuine museum-quality fossils, 5-500 million years old. Topics: extinction theory, plant vs. meat-eaters, fossil formation..Act as paleontologist during fossil dig...Take home genuine specimens like dinosaur bone, shark teeth...16th year. Seen by millions. Clients include Bronx Zoo, National Geographic. Gems Rock and Oceans Rock too.
$351- $500
School, Animal Bird of Prey Simulator Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Nature- Other
Learn from either Kele the Kestrel of Talon the Hawk what it takes to live as a bird of prey. How do these birds hunt, make nests, raise their young, fly and migrate for the winter? Our talking bird mascots can show you how!
Up to $100
Dolan, Mary Beth ANIMAL DRAW! Nature- Animals,
Visual Arts- Drawing,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
A wildly funny class for younger artists! Learn how to draw the faces and bodies of several animals. Complex animals are broken down into basic shapes, almost any animal can be created using the methods used in this program. Thinking like an animal, a CD of animal sounds help set the mood for this program. Includes a cool take-home work book, and all supplies. Last five minutes of the program includes a 'stump the artist' drawing game. Ages 5 and up.
$201- $350
Cain, Ron Captain HurriCain's Seaside Magic Show History,
Nature- Marine Life,
Performing Arts- Magic
As the seagoing Captain HurriCain, Ron Cain promotes reading while celebrating the state's beaches and bodies of water. While telling tales and showing tricks from his travels, Captain HurriCain demonstrates a wacky way with water. Illusions include a container that causes water to disappear and reappear, faucets that defy the laws of nature, and an umbrella that does card tricks. Young audiences also meet Barnacle the Shark and learn about the legend of Champ the sea serpent. Since 1998, Ron has created magic shows based on the annual summer reading program theme. Each program uses magic and humor to promote reading and help children feel good about themselves. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron has more than 16 years of experience performing at schools, libraries, companies and festivals throughout New York. He also has appeared on television’s Pappyland and Saturday Showboat. His magic shows with educational messages include Tune In To Magical Idol, Uncle Sam's Old Time Magic Show, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, and the Case of the Missing Bunny.
$201- $350
Rogers, John ALL ABOUT BLUEBIRDS - and MORE Nature- Animals,
Nature- Other,
Science
Learn about New York State’s official bird, the Eastern Bluebird, from a recognized expert. This highly acclaimed program about nature is educational and enjoyable. Program content and length can be customized for children, adults, or families. The focus is on bluebirds, including the nesting cycle (building nests, egg laying, raising young etc.) and the proper use of bluebird boxes. But, there is more, too. Mr. Rogers opens young and older hearts and minds to bluebirds, other birds, butterflies, wildflowers, and nature appreciation. With visually beautiful photographs, bird sounds, and a sincere, enthusiastic presentation style, this PowerPoint program has been presented throughout NY State. The children's program is especially interactive and engaging, with children being encouraged to share their nature experiences.
Up to $100
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