Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
Performer name: Lindsay (Lynn) Sprague
Phone: 518-522-4317
Mailing address: ACP 2492 P.O. Box 1110
Albany, NY 12201
E-mail address: lak234@cornell.edu
Website: http://https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/12bv2l9o5U9XlFvA9p3oav6LPKoa91P-81D4u7_j_ZrY
Previous appearances at: Salem Massachusetts Public Library, Mechanicville New York Public Library, Dundee New York Library, Phyllis Wheatley Rochester New York Pubic Library, Gloucester Massachusetts Public Library
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 01/15/2019

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Horses 101 Health & Fitness- Sports,
Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Animals
Welcome to the world of horses! Children and adults alike are fascinated by these majestic creatures, and the experiences with them can be magical! Spending time around horses and ponies has been proven in many studies to be therapeutic on many levels both physically and emotionally. The bond can be quite powerful and healing, but where to start? It is important to know the nature of a horse, how to properly handle them on the ground as well as while riding. Proper care and feeding, tack fitting, and maintenance will be discussed as well. This is all taught out of the American Association for Horsemanship Safety manual by Jan Dawson. Katie, our real life miniature horse will be available to be pet, groomed, and for demonstration of safety techniques. This program is suitable for the 2019 summer reading program.
$101- $200
Angora Fiber Spinning Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Angora rabbits provide the softest fiber for spinning, and enjoy being groomed to remove their long continuously growing coats. After making their very own drop spindle, patrons get to brush rabbits to collect fiber. Then they can spin the softest yarn for themselves and bring it home. Learn proper rabbit care and maintenance, along with information on how to manage your own angora rabbit farm. This program is suitable for summer reading 2019.
$101- $200
Chickens Around the World History,
Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Animals
Chickens are fascinating to kids, just ask my daughter Vienna as she walks around with one on her shoulder. Bring real live leashed chickens into your library for a fun filled, cluckingly good time! This program features chickens from around the world; Speckled Sussex from England, Blue Andalusians from Spain, Glossy Black Sumatras, Araucana from South America, Cuckoo Maran from France, and others who lay different colors and sizes of eggs. Learn the history and unique characteristics of these breeds, along with basic animal husbandry skills. Children can pet the chickens and depending on the season we bring baby chicks along. (Don't worry, we bring a droppings mat to protect the floor!) This program is suitable for the 2019 Summer reading program.
$101- $200
Sustainable Spring Seed Starting Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Environment,
Nature- Gardening
First, we make planting pots out of recycled newspaper, or soil blocks with a press. Then, participants fill their pots with soil and pick from a variety of organic seeds to plant. Last, we make labels so we remember what we are growing! Unlimited transplants can be planted to be taken home or plan a library garden for this program, and it is a great way to get kids excited about summer gardening! Suitable for 2019 summer reading.
$101- $200
Laura Ingalls Day Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Animals,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Laura Ingalls Day is a compilation of programs normally taught in a 1 hour block, designed for a kickoff or finale to summer reading, or an event that will bring in patrons during the winter. Starting with sugaring off, we will make sugar on snow, then move onto fresh butter, cheese, and sourdough bread. Next we will plant a garden on the library grounds or start transplants for growing on the windowsill. We can wash up with home made old fashioned lye soap, and hand dip candles. Wrap it all up by meeting farm animals and learning to care for them just like Laura and Mary. Based on book: Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, this program can incorporate reading the book and eating between stations. The program can last 4-8 hours, depending on age group and individual or combinations of stations. Great for the 2019 summer reading program.
$501- $1000
Dig - In Gardening Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Gardening,
Science
During the program, the presenter will help patrons plant their own square foot garden, using heirloom seeds. A 4x4 square area can be tilled on library grounds, a vacant lot, or local park with permission prior to the program for a garden site, or an alternative will be to use a contained box garden to inspire patrons of all ages to be aware of where their food comes from and to eat local. I will also talk about heirloom seeds and seed saving, do it yourself vertical hydroponics, and environmental conservation. Some libraries are hosting a community seed swap after the program to increase plant diversity and availability of great food for all. I think this is an AWESOME idea! This program is suitable for the 2019 summer reading program.
$101- $200
Growing Citrus in New England Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Gardening
Houseplants are a fun hobby, but most have no food value. What if you could grow citrus plants like lemons, oranges, and limes right in your living room? Learn how to grow citrus, as well as bananas, pomegranates, olives, coffee, and even vanilla orchids and other spices at home. Learn what plants are hardy in your USDA zone, and whether or not they are self-pollinating or require a second plant. Participants take home an exotic plant of their choice. This program pairs well with Bob Flowerdew’s book “No Work Garden.”
$101- $200
Old Fashioned Soap Making 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 2019 summer reading program.
$101- $200
Traveling Farm Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Animals,
Science
Winterberry farm is a fully operating sustainable farm located in Binghamton, NY. Our animals participate in an on farm petting zoo and have toured several libraries and schools around the state. I bring a miniature horse, sheep, goat, angora rabbit, goose, turkey, chicken, duck, and guinea hen; along with anything else that is new or fits in the trailer. Most of our animals are heritage breeds, there is an explanation of the history of the breed, how the animal benefits the farm, what products come from the animal, and general care and management. Kids can pet the animals learn to handle them. This program is suitable for the 2019 summer reading program.
$201- $350
Viking Food Preservation Health & Fitness- Other,
History,
Life Skills- Food
How did people keep their food through the winter before there was refrigeration, or even before Napoleon invented canning? Learn how to make sauerkraut and other homemade foods preserved by using lacto-fermentation, an ancient preservation method used by Vikings. Unlock not only vitamins and minerals, but also enhance gut health by incorporating probiotics into your diet! Participants can watch their choice of fermentation project at the library and taste the final product when complete. They will learn the skills to make their own at home, and try a variety of Viking foods at the end of the presentation. This program pairs well with “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon
$101- $200
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