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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Collins, Dawn Story, Song, Movement, Rhythm Play Plus Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
An interactive program of songs, small and large movement, and rhythm instrument play for preschoolers and their parents. Story themes may be incorporated with the songs, e.g. songs about the seashore, songs about the seasons, songs about the river, songs about a holiday or national celebration. Parents interact with their children and the children learn that music and reading is fun, especially when sharing quality time with their parent or caregiver. Rhythm instruments (over 12 different types) are hand-held percussion instruments that are sanitized prior to use and are very sturdy and safe. (A craft or art project may be added on, which will extend the program length to 1 hour and 15 minutes.)
$101- $200
Johnson, Rusty At Home in the Unnown Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Animals
Rusty Johnson is at home in the unknown.   On a whim he took a 3,000 mile trek through 5 countries in southern Africa, then flew to the West Indies to film an active volcano twice.  He is a jungle guide with over 25 solo expeditions to the Amazon, and at the age of 19 he was the youngest person to have hand raised an endangered Andean condor, which was 1 of only 10 condors privately possessed in the United States.  He is the originator, star, and Consulting Producer of Travel Channel's Hotel Amazon, and is the author of a book entitled The Twilight of the Wild (Foreword written by Jim Fowler of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom). He has consulted for National Geographic Television's HOOKED, the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, DATELINE, Reader's Digest "Must See Places on Earth" DVD series and he has filmed on the island of Kauai for the documentary series Cosmic Journeys. He has also presented over 3,000 speeches at educational institutions including Princeton University, Rutgers University, and The Explorers Club where he was one of the youngest people ever inducted into the prestigious club. Oh......,and he graduated high school with a 2nd grade reading level. Visit website to learn more. ​
$351- $500
Ceceri, Kathy Homeschooling in NYS with Kathy Ceceri Life Skills- Parenting,
Literature- Authors
Homeschooling in New York State is not as hard as you think! Homeschooling expert Kathy Ceceri can answer your questions about how to fulfill NYS requirements while creating a rewarding educational experience for children and parents alike. Kathy was a columnist for Home Education Magazine and ran the Homeschooling page for About.com. The parent of two young adults who were homeschooled from kindergarten up until college, she has been writing about parenting and education -- with a focus on science and technology -- for more than 20 years.
$201- $350
Szydlowski, Mary Everything you've always wanted to know about self-publishing an eBook but were afraid to ask! Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Literature- Other
We will discuss how to self-publish an eBook. The special formatting and other requirements needed when uploading to Amazon Kindle Direct, Barnes and Noble's Nook Press, Apple iBookstore, Kobo, All Romance, and Createspace. The pros and cons of uploading your work yourself to each sales website or using portals such as Smashwords, Pronoun, and OmniLit which are free. We'll also look at companies that charge for services up front like Bookbaby. We'll go over the various royalty arrangements, the countries where your book might be sold, and whether or not you should sell your work exclusively through one publishing program to the exclusion of others. We'll discuss the importance of cover art and thumbnails in selling a book, and where to get book covers and the cost. We'll discuss marketing your work and the common mistakes that can cost you sales and turn off readers.
$201- $350
Sardelli, Darren THE FUNNY FAMILY POETRY SHOW Literature- Poetry,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
THE FUNNY FAMILY POETRY SHOW is a family show that combines poetry, comedy, motivational speaking, interaction, and fun. Darren shares the inspirational story of how he became an author, shows the audience the cool books his poems are featured in, and demonstrates what people can accomplish by working hard and believing in themselves. While performing his entertaining and humorous poems for the audience, Darren engages children and parents in a variety of ways... bringing them together and keeping them laughing the entire time! * Darren Sardelli is an award winning poet, children's book author, and motivational speaker. He understands how to get young people interested in poetry and shows them the cool and humorous side of literacy. Darren's poems are known to teach, inspire, and set imaginations on fire!
$501- $1000
Shulman, Mark A Fun Writer Makes Writing Fun! Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Literature- Other
Mark Shulman is a fun writer who makes writing fun. He has written 150+ books for grades K-12. For over 15 years, Mark’s been teaching and sharing his love of writing. His books include nonfiction (National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Time for Kids, etc.) and picture books (packed with wordplay, gorillas, dogs and/or monsters) and Middle Grade/YA novels. Mark’s written books with James Patterson (the author), Oscar de la Hoya (the boxer) and Shamu (the whale). Every presentation is customized for your school, with your input. And Mark’s message is clear: Your students are already writers. Mark shares creative story-starters and workshop tips that teachers can use right away in their classroom. (His wife is a K-5 literacy staff developer) He makes writing sound like a top secret, or a sport, or the easiest thing in the world. He will de-mystify the writing process, energize students… and leave them wanting to sit right down and get started. That’s quite a lot for an hour.
$1001- $3000
Riley, Tom BECOME A STAMP COLLECTOR Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other,
Visual Arts- Crafts
BECOME A STAMP COLLECTOR-Each child receives an album and hundreds of stamps. They soak stamps off paper and mount dry stamps. They see rare stamps and are given pen-pals. They learn the history of postal services from a book I wrote. Stamp Collecting is the world's most popular hobby. Adults love my program. They learn the history of postal services and the intricacies of stamp collecting.
$201- $350
Collins, Dawn O Let's Make Music (Story, Song, Rhythm) Literature- Other,
Music,
Nature- Other
Using a current library story theme, season or place, this is a family friendly time. Mom! Dad! Grandparents too! Listen to some lively, easy to learn, child-friendly songs paired with some seasonal stories. Dawn will bring along her rhythm band bag of instruments for use during this fun time. There are songs with movements and songs with puppets so don’t be shy – we could get a little silly! It’s a fun time for all, and especially appropriate for the very young. Previous themes include songs of the river & water, world music, nature and animals.
$101- $200
Storytellers, Beauty & the Beast Author Visits Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss are award winning authors and recording artists and would be happy to visit your school in that capacity. They will tell stories, give tips on telling, and answer any questions students have. Their story collections include world tales that have been rewritten so that they are accessible for telling by children. After seeing Mitch and Martha tell stories, students will be excited about telling tales themselves. Storytelling is a fun activity that is highly educational. All the story books have tips for telling which make it possible for teachers to have each student (second grade and up) choose a different tale, learn it, and share it in front of classmates. Those who choose to do so can tell for other classes as well. Some of the tales are simple and short enough that they can then be retold by first graders and even kindergartners. Mitch and Martha's performances will also serve as catalysts for creative writing.
$1001- $3000
Edgecomb, Diane Once Upon A Wintertime Literature- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Once Upon A Wintertime: Warm your hearts and your imaginations with this performance of tales from long ago. These stories of wintertime magic and fun are drawn from many cultures ranging from the lyrical Grimms tale of Snow White and Rose Red to tales of folksy New England escapades. Transform a winter's day or evening into a time of delight. Choose Once Upon A Wintertime as a non-denominational way to celebrate the December holiday season Thank you so much for that lively performance of Once Upon A Wintertime, you had the audience eating out of the palm of your hand! You are so good at judging the audience and tweaking your program to fit the group, even so far as the sound system! You are a true professional and we just love you here in Duxbury. Marty O'Meara, Duxbury Free Library, Duxbury, MA
$351- $500
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