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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
Theater, Open Hand Monkey Business Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
With its interactive play stage, Open Hand Theater engages children ages pre-K - 2nd grade in their own performance of the well-loved story, Hats for Sale. In our version each monkey is a vowel sound. With puppets and a stage, sounds and lots of fun with repetition, children participate in acting out the story.
$101- $200
Heitler-Klevans, David & Jenny 7 Nights to Read Literature- Other,
Literature- Authors,
Music
7 Nights to Read is an interactive musical performance, featuring songs about reading and books. The program can be adapted to specific age-ranges, or can appeal to a wide age-range. Includes songs that encourage a general enthusiasm for reading and books, as well songs which relate to specific children's books, from board books to picture books to chapter books. Two of a Kind gets audiences of all ages involved in the performances through singing, movement, sign language, guessing games and more.
$351- $500
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
Kelly, Rorie Songs to Start a Fire Group Songwriting Workshop Literature- Creative Writing,
Music
The group songwriting workshop is an opportunity to literally raise our voices and create a song that powerfully expresses our feelings and ideas. When we tell our story honestly, we create an opportunity for those around us to grow, heal and find connection. When we raise our voices together, we put a powerful message into the world that can help us create real positive change. As a group we will share our struggles and our hopes and choose a theme we’d like to shine a light on. Together, we will create and perform a song that shares that message. Each participant will leave with a recording of the new song that she helped bring into the world.
$201- $350
Fires, Karin Story Book Friends Literature- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Nature- Animals
You pick the story and read it to your audience. We come in with one of the animals featured in the story and tell about that individual animal, the species in general, native habitat and funny stories. We have several animals who have appeared or regularly appear in Dora the Explorer stories, for example. We have the tortoise and the hare and many others. If you are interested, please contact me for a complete list of available animals.
$101- $200
Fiske, David How to Publish Your Own Book (or E-Book) Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Literature- Other
For those who have a story they want to tell in a book, today’s self-publishing environment allows authors to get their books into print by making use of services that cost little or nothing. David Fiske has self-published two books, and in this presentation offers advice to potential authors, explaining how it can be accomplished, and providing tips on the available publishing options as well as the book distribution process. Self-publishing also means self-marketing, and Fiske will give some low-cost ideas on ways to promote books once they’re published.
Up to $100
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
Schaufler, Alison Shakespeare for the Common Core: Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Julius Caesar Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Shakespeare for the Common Core (Recommended K-8th grade) We meet the Bard as he is working on his plays “Romeo and Juliet”, “Julius Caesar”, and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is the central play of this production. It is a timeless story about two young teens who find love despite the prejudice and hatred of their families. Shakespeare’s words come alive with imagination, swordplay, and romance. Through this production, we hope to introduce the students to more of Shakespeare’s works while encouraging them to overcome prejudices in their own lives.
$351- $500
Cavanaugh, Deb Express Yourself in Song (For the 2009 Summer Reading Program) Life Skills- Other,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Music
Through the use of rhyming exercises and brainstorming techniques, groups of teens can work together on lyrics. If time permits, we will set those lyrics to music. A longer and more in-depth program can be arranged. A recording of any final performance on CD can also be made available for each participant and one for the library.
$201- $350
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