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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Brown, Wayne & Karen The Ocean Adventure Nature- Marine Life,
Science,
Visual Arts- Other
Professional underwater photographers, California marine biologist, Wayne Brown, and his SCUBA instructor wife, Karen, bring their exciting real-life expeditions to your patrons with fast-paced and entertaining multimedia presentations using unique props, biological specimens, breathtaking photography, storytelling techniques, audience participation and life-sized, inflatable animals. Programs include: • The Australia Great White Shark Expedition • The Belize Whale Shark Expedition • A Visit to Nemo's Home -- The Australia Great Barrier Reef • Funny and Freaky Fish in the Caribbean Sea • Diving with Dolphins and Humpback Whales • Playing with Living Mermaids -- Florida Manatees • Slimy Seaweed & Funny and Freaky Fish in the California Kelp Forest • Funny and Freaky Animals in the Belize Rainforests and Coral Reefs • Weird & Creepy Sea Creatures that Go Bump in the Night in the Caribbean Sea
$501- $1000
Japanese Arts Center, Ryu Shu Kan Create your own Zen Rock Garden History,
Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Gardening
The Japanese rock garden (karesansui) or "dry landscape" garden, often called a Zen garden, creates a miniature stylized landscape through carefully composed arrangements of rocks, water features, moss, and uses gravel or sand that is raked to represent ripples in water. A Zen garden is usually relatively small, and is usually meant to be seen while seated from a single viewpoint such as the veranda of a temple or monastery. Classical zen gardens were intended to imitate the intimate essence of nature, not its actual appearance, and to serve as an aid to meditation about the true meaning of life. Participants will learn about all the features that go into creating their own garden at home, with photos of and directions on how to place the elements in proper spacing and design.
$201- $350
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) 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!) Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions and to be added to my live booking link and visual catalog. This program is suitable for the 2019 Summer reading program.
$101- $200
FELDMAN, GARY (ORGANIC FOOD/NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS) BECOMING AN “ECO GREEN” TEEN Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Environment
Nature or science - where does our food come from? Are you consuming biotech food? Is your fast food nanotech? Gary, consumer food educator and innovator in the nutritional supplement retail field, will take you on a virtual tour from seed to plate. Learn the difference between how organic food is grown, and how genetically modified (GMO) food is made. Gary will show you how to identify GMO food when shopping, since GMOs are not disclosed on food product labels. How is GMO food symbolized in some TV commercials? We will talk about what you don’t know about conventional food that you need to know. Learn the food connection to the decline of bees and butterflies. Discover the profound link between today’s “food” and our health, allergies - even our IQ. Come away understanding how our food choices affect people, animals and the planet. Gary created a first of its kind retail catalog of name-brand vegetarian supplements and cruelty-free personal care products.
$201- $350
McIntosh, Story Laurie We All Sing Together For A Better World! Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
We All Sing Together For A Better World! is an inspiring and uplifting program where audience members young and old delight in joining in the fun and singing along. In her inimitable and magical way, Story Laurie seamlessly weaves together songs and stories about caring for the Earth and for one another. Story Laurie has a knack for making us laugh while also helping us to think deeply about the kind of world we want to live in and how, by working (& singing!) together, we can all achieve that world. Folk tales, myths, songs both new and old, and real life stories of people doing wondrous things -- all come to life in the hands of this world-wise yet home-grown children’s performer. If ever there were a performer for our times, Story Laurie is IT!
$201- $350
Cain, Ron Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Magic
Meet Central New York magician Ron Cain's new character, Professor GreenPockets, the good-natured dean of green and master of eco-magic. In Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show, Cain catches the reading bug and makes him the star of the show! This entertaining, educational revue also features magic with a spelling bee, bookworm, flea circus, counting ladybug & caterpillar-turned-butterfly. As always, Ron uses humor and illusion to promote the value of reading and the importance of visiting your local library. The show highlights the state reading program theme, Catch the Reading Bug. 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 Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show, The Magic of Being Green, Tune In To Magical Idol, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Case of the Missing Bunny, Captain HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Discover Millennium Magic Show and Holiday Hocus Pocus.
$201- $350
FELDMAN, GARY (ORGANIC FOOD/NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS) Climate Crisis: Not Mother Nature Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Environment
Climate Change is causing loss of life, drastically diminishing many species (including us), as well as the number one “commodity” in the world - and what will be available to us on supermarket shelves. Gary will focus on life-threatening dangers in our atmosphere caused by geoengineering and weather modification. Learn aspects of atmospheric alteration that have severely dummied-down the population and contribute to memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s. Find out new causes of allergies, asthma, new viruses and more. Learn positive steps we still can take, and how to help strengthen your defenses.
$201- $350
Mankita, Jay Home Sweet Home - Build A Better World 2017! Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Other
Build a more sustainable world with Jay Mankita's fun, interactive songs on reducing, reusing, recycling, and renewing, plus composting, anti-littering, and groundwater awareness. Serious topics, framed in fun! An exciting mix of material featuring Jay’s guitar and keyboard, After 2,000 performances throughout the Northeast, Jay is ready to rock, enrich, and inspire with his eco-friendly show! This concert is great for all-age audiences, and as in all Playful Earth concerts, there is nothing 'juvenile' here; older kids and parents/caregivers will love the show.
$351- $500
Berlin, Jan Prickly, Tickly, Soft, Smooth, and Squishy Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Science
Live animals assist the audience in understanding the different textures that make the world go round. Scaly reptiles, squishy frogs, soft mammals, quilled mammals - an assortment of textures keep this program fun and lively.
$101- $200
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) 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. Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions to be added to my live booking link and visual catalog. This program is suitable for summer reading 2019.
$101- $200
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