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Fiske, David Anne Northup, Wife of Solomon Northup, Overcame Adversity History,
Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other
Solomon Northup was lured into slavery in 1841, and was a slave in Louisiana for 12 years before being rescued. What impact did Northup’s kidnapping have on his wife and family? In Solomon’s absence, the Northup family became a one-income household. This presentation will describe how his wife, Anne, carried on and saw to the needs of their children. Information on her later life will also be given. Black History topic. Fiske is a co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave.
$101- $200
Schuman, Sandy Lead Belly: Singer, Songwriter, Murderer; King of the 12-String Guitar History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as “Lead Belly,” got a bum deal. Was he justly sentenced to prison for murder? Twice? Was he exploited by the man who discovered him? Did he have to share credit for writing the song that became the number one hit of 1950! This program includes a series of true stories about Lead Belly’s life: why he chose to play the 12-string guitar, the events that led to his two convictions for murder, how his reputation as a prison songster led to his pardon by the governor, how he was discovered by John and Alan Lomax, how he contributed to the folk music revival and the advent of rock and roll, how his signature song—the song he used to both open and close his performances—became the most popular song of 1950, and why it is still sung today at soccer games all across Europe. These stories are interspersed with songs such as The Midnight Special, Easy Rider, John Hardy, We’re in the Same Boat Brother, and Goodnight Irene.
$101- $200
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Navigating the Stars History,
Nature- Other,
Science
Have you ever wondered how ancient people told time? Got from point A to point B without a smart phone or compass? Made it over the underground railroad, or to far away countries over the seven seas? Learn about Nathaniel Bowditch, the father of modern navigation and how he taught illiterate men to calculate from and follow the stars. Learn which constellations matter most in the northern and southern hemispheres. Best of all, take home a star map and learn how to participate in orientiering and other activities in your own neighborhood. To book this program, please add yourself to the spreadsheet below on your desired date and time. 1.) Please note anyone else who has booked that day and the distance between libraries. Please attempt to book with other libraries in your system. 2.) Times on the spreadsheet are suggestions, if my next library is ten minutes away you may alter the times to suit your schedule. 3.) Please fill out the contact information completely by scrolling right on the spreadsheet. Booking Schedule - (Copy and paste link into your browser) https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qzL5Ns32L-QBUZIvSTGc BxFPVGlRdWc3oKO0ubYyuT8 This program is suitable for the 2019 Summer Reading theme.
$101- $200
Stearns, Eleanor Women of Vision History,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
Costumed portrayals of Clara Barton, Emily Dickinson, Amelia Earhart, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Each program focuses on one woman, telling about her life, visions, and contributions to society. Apropriate for ages 8 through adult. Clara Barton - portrays her activiities during the Civil War and her role in founding the American Red Cross. . Emily Dickinson - shares her thoughts about nature, personal relationships, love, and death through dialogue and her poems. Amelia Earhart - describes her passion for flying detailing some of her flights. The adult version shares her unusual view of marriage and presents her strong feelings about the role of women in society. Elizabeth Cady Stanton - describes the inequities that women experienced in the 1800s and her role in starting the first Women's Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY in 1848. She stresses the need for equal rights for women, especially the right to vote. Brochures are available with further information.
$101- $200
Walsh, FARMER TOM WALSH and tiger tom GUITAR WORKSHOP WITH FARMER TOM WALSH OPEN TUNING History,
Literature- Other,
Music
Tiger Tom performs his songs and stories gathered from Masters he has studied and performed with including folklorist John Lomax and Mike Seeger of the Smithsonian institute of America, Legendary Traditional American musicians Doc Watson, Norm Blake, Joe Pass, Fiddling Mark Hamilton and others. Tiger Tom is a Master Flat picker and of the open tunings in early roots music; passed to him by Mike Seeger. Workshops are available. American songs of the Miner – include: Dark as a mine, the miner daughters dream, the miner (original) American songs of Praise – A collection of Gospel, Bluegrass, Roots and original songs. American songs for Children – A collection of children’s music and storytelling.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John MUSIC ALONG THE ERIE CANAL - New York State Heritage Songs and Instruments along the Waterway History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Sondra and John Bromka use their beguiling antique instrument collection to bring a lively taste of New York State's cultural character along our famous water way during the 1800s. This is a up-close, interactive concert that includes aires, dance tunes, and singalongs from a variety of immigrant traditions, accompanied by Irish harp, bagpipes, pennywhistle, French hurdy gurdy, German hackbrett (hammered dulcimer), African-American banjo, and English squeezeboxes... our music offers the special flavor of each culture's unique contributions.
$351- $500
Fiske, David Kidnapped: Black New Yorkers Caught in the Slave Trade History,
Multicultural- Other
Under slavery, it was not only the slaves who suffered. Free blacks were at risk of being kidnapped and sold as slaves. Once they were taken to a slave state, chances of their returning home were small. Several New Yorkers, from various parts of the state, were rescued from slavery, and their kidnappers were held accountable for their deeds. This presentation will tell their stories. Fiske is a co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave. Great Black History topic!
$101- $200
Hopkins, Allen Songs of the Civil War History,
Music
Music of the Civil War era, from both North and South, performed in costume and on period instruments (guitar, banjo, concertina etc.). Historical background is given for each song. Selections include partisan rallying calls, songs of nostalgia, soldiers' parodies, and songs of triumph and defeat. Examples: The Bonnie Blue Flag, Tenting Tonight, Just Before the Battle Mother, The Faded Coat of Blue, Marching Through Georgia, We Are Coming From the Cotton Fields, etc. This program has been performed at museums, libraries, folk festivals, and historical societies for the past decade. Includes audience participation (chorus singing). Performed at libraries in Fairport, Watkins Glen, Odessa, Albion, Lockport, Penfield, as well as various regional festivals and Civil War re-enactments.
$201- $350
Schuman, Sandy New York Tales -Tall and True History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Some of New York State's folklore is truly unbelievable. Some of its history is even more so.
$101- $200
Edgecomb, Diane Tales of Enchantment History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Enter the world of fairy tales where magic is only a moment away, and lessons about how to live are expressed through vivid symbols. For younger children, Diane brings to life classic fairy tales like Snow White and Rose Red and Bee, Mouse, Harp and Bum-Clock, an unusual ‘Jack’ tale. When Jack returns home with dancing bugs instead of beans, the fun and magic really begin! For older students, Diane explores the oral tradition through Arthurian legends and ancient Irish tales such as the humorous Sir Gawain and Loathly Lady. Enchant your audiences with the beauty and magic of traditional tales.
$351- $500
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