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Dolan, Mary Beth Let's Get Graphic Literature- Creative Writing,
Visual Arts- Drawing,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
This program can be held as a one-day workshop or mulitple-session residency. I teache the beginning skills needed to create and develop a graphic novel or short story. Drawing skills, story telling skills, creative writing and visual story boarding are taught. Age 12 and up mandatory for this program. A great way to get teens and especially teen boys to visit your library!
$201- $350
Dolan, Mary Beth Bogglescotch- a mash up of hopscotch meets the word game, Boggle Health & Fitness- Other,
Health & Fitness- Other,
Literature- Other
Physical fitness meets spelling! The fast-paced spelling/word find game Boggle is combined with the childhood game of Hopscotch. Two or more teams compete against each other to find words on the game boards- and they have to hop from letter to letter to spell out their found word. Each participant hops, spells, and is challenged to think and act fast! Team gaming.
$351- $500
Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea Tales from the Odyssey Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Visual Arts- Other
With a cast of colorful characters and deft sleight-of-hand, master puppeteer Patrick Wadden brings to life Homer's ancient epic of Odysseus and his trouble-fraught journey home from the Trojan War. A voyage of two-weeks turns into ten years as capricious gods and wayward mortals thwart the Hero’s passage across the 'wine-dark sea'. The infamous one-eyed Cyclops, the alluring Sirens, six-headed Skylla, and the terrible whirlpool of Charybdis are but a few of the legendary monsters in this timeless adventure story. Through courage, cleverness and determination Odysseus triumphs over these trials and eventually is reunited with his family. Tales From the Odyssey is designed to introduce young audiences (ages 7 & up) and their families to one of the foundational stories of western literature. The visual elements in this poetic presentation are inspired by ancient Greek painted ceramics. Available June -December 2015, the show is well-suited for public libraries and small community venues. In fact, it's a perfect fit for the 2015 Summer Reading Theme: Every Hero Has A Story.
$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
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
Bisker, Ellia Charming Disaster: Songs From Books Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Folk-noir duo Charming Disaster presents original songs inspired by Ancient Greek, Norse, and Egyptian mythology, Grimm's fairy tales, the fables of Aesop and La Fontaine, and works of literature including Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass, Flannery O'Connor's short stories, the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Tintin comics, and more. If desired, the musical performance can also incorporate readings excerpted from the works of literature referenced in the songs. Instrumentation is guitar and ukulele with male/female duet vocals and optional foot percussion.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John The Tale of Tristan & Iseult: An Arthurian Legend Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This most famous of all classic love stories was originally set in Celtic antiquity, and an important component of the Arthurian legends. In the 12th century, the tale was already 600 years old when it captured the imagination of Medieval France’s famous storyteller-poet-musicians, the troubadours. The powerful story continued its long journey through the ages... inspiring many works in turn, including Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet). Bells & Motley present a telling that is authentic, yet lively, accessible, highly charged, and mysterious - full of all of the original symbolism, intrigue, and purpose. In ancient bardic style, it features a simple setting, rich language, and complex emotions evoked through the power of music. Rare historic instruments include the Medieval keyed fiddle, low-voiced recorders, ancient gut-strung bray harp, and Celtic harp. Musical selections include the same historic pieces that were part of Medieval tellings, as inspired by this enduring tale.
$351- $500
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
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
Davis, Katie Novel and picture book Author-Illustrator Visit! Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Drawing
Beginning: How to draw great characters, brainstorm, and create a ‘voice’ for characters. Middle: Kids interactively establish plot, setting, and conflict. End: Children edit and re-write the story and create a resolution! Assemblies: Katie teaches story construction, sequencing, how ideas transform from thought to published book. Kids learn to do drawings of emotions, Katie shares her mistakes, and teaches skills students can use when creating their own stories. K-3: Highly interactive: children help write a story; volunteers make different emotional expressions. Katie draws their faces on the characters and together they create a new narrative with emphasis on beginning, middle and end. 4-6: Workshops: brainstorming, plotting, descriptive narrative, and character development. Illustration: teaches kids HOW TO SEE so they’re able to illustrate any story they write. Dear Katie, I'm usually 'ho-hum' when it comes to author visits. You were one to change my mind! You were...the best ever writing session, and I truly mean it! Jayne Pitt, K teacher
$1001- $3000
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