Performers and Programs

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Hessler, Arielle Coptic Binding History,
Visual Arts- Crafts,
Visual Arts- Other
Learn how to bind books in the oldest style known to date- Coptic Binding! Coptic books are sewn in a style that leave the sewing exposed, making them not only beautiful to look at, but also enabling them to lay completely flat for superior functionality. This ancient form of bookbinding, which originated in Northeast Africa, has seen a huge resurgence in popularity. Prerequisite: Previous bookbinding experience. The class is taught in steps, with the teacher displaying and explaining the step for the class and answering questions, and then breaking out into 'Do-It-Yourself (DIY)' times when the attendees perform the step on their own. During the DIY times, the teacher takes questions and helps anyone who needs individual help. Handouts explaining each step (with diagrams) are included for the attendees to reference throughout the program and take home. This program is taught by a professional book artist versed in both traditional and modern styles of bookbinding and book preservation. Students also benefit from the opportunity to work with traditional, handmade papers from Asia- in modern and traditional colors and patterns.
$351- $500
Handy, Spook Passing Along the Folk Music Tradition History,
Performing Arts- Other
For generations children grew up singing with the whole family, at large gatherings, at school or in their churches. Before the advent of radio, TV and the internet this was the primary form of entertainment. Today, however, many people are worried that this centuries-old tradition is being deleted from the hard drive of the modern human experience. Along with that, society is losing one of the most powerful tools for building strong families and strong communities. This program is simple. Let’s make sure our kids know some of the treasures of American Folk Music. Singing old favorites like This Land is Your Land, If I had a Hammer, I’ve been Working on the Railroad, She'll be coming Around the Mountain and maybe some newer songs. If the children don’t already know a song we’ll take the time to teach them. Parents are encouraged to sit with their children and help them learn the songs. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Pete Seeger covers some of Spook's songs and the two perform together several times per year. Visit for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
Charles, Peter Early History of Rock-50's thru 60's w/ Guitarist-Singer & Story Teller History,
Performing Arts- Other
Join Peter Charles Singer/Guitarist/Storyteller as he takes you on a journey through the early days of rock & roll. You'll enjoy this entertaining and informative approach as Peter re creates the sounds of the artists that influenced many generations of rock musicians. Peter covers the Doo Wop era through the 60's and some of he major stars of those periods of music.
$201- $350
Crocker, Keith Funny Fools - History of the Three Stooges History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk... Have your patrons feeling slap-happy with this 90 minute program that shines light on the history of Americas favorite comedy trio, the Three Stooges. We’ll watch three 16mm Three Stooges shorts, Three Little Sew and Sews, featuring Curly, Hot Stuff, featuring Shemp, and Quiz Whiz, featuring Joe Besser. Plus biographical info as well as memorabilia related to their career... A fave of many program directors.
$101- $200
Lipscomb, Rhonda Ella & Frank: A Tribute History,
Multicultural- Other,
Extraordinary solo vocalists Rhonda Denét and Steve Kazlauskas team up for a show that brings audiences back to when these two legends in American music, Ella Fitzgerald & Frank Sinatra, brought audiences to their feet. This showcase features the music of Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, George & Ira Gershwin and several other composers included in the Great American Songbook. Rhonda and Steve not only sing songs that were signature tunes for each artist, but also recreate the duets that were only performed for television specials and live stage shows.
$351- $500
Tomecek, Stephen Inventing A Better World History,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors
Science celebrity and award-winning author Steve The Dirtmeister Tomecek takes a wild and wacky look at the history of inventions. Drawing on his book, What a Great Idea, Inventions That Changed the World, Steve engages participants with stories of great inventors and inventions.This high-energy show is especially designed for family audiences and encourages participants to explore their inventive side by challenging them to create and construct some inventions of their own. Beginning with early stone tools, participants discover how simple machines such as the wedge, lever, and inclined plane were used by our ancestors to not only put food on the table, but help them build some extraordinary structures, many of which are still standing today. Traveling through time, we look at how simple advances in building techniques coupled with the wheel and axle helped to propel people forward and make the industrial revolution possible. We conclude with the fascinating story of the development of electricity and how it opened the door for everything from light bulbs and motors to cellphones and lasers. After the presentation Steve will be available to meet and greet audience members and autograph copies of some of his books.
$201- $350
Life Skills- Other,
This program will focus on corporate monopolies, biotechnology, big pharma, and what we are told by the media. Find out how all living things, through corporate ownership, are becoming what is called “intellectual property.” You will be surprised to learn what corporation governs our daily existence. Discover how the most powerful biotech corporations are transforming our food supply. Learn how bills such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and The DARK Act could change life, as we know it. We will discuss what all this has to do with our freedom, and positive things we can do.
$201- $350
Lynda Folk, Little Folk's Music! Circle time Challenge! History,
Circle time can be challenging for any librarian. Little Folk's Music takes it's class routine with parents on a journey of classroom dynamics. Keeping families involved with the medium that is being explored. Voice, silence and breath, maybe all that you need. This class falls under (Teacher the facilitator) or (teacher training program). Ms. Folk will be available to help mentor librarians through the process, in your program.
$351- $500
Vinyard, Roland Great Hits of the 1600's History,
Performing Arts- Other
Accompanied by stringed instruments, The Bard Rocks will present, with commentary and anecdotes, songs that were popular in the 1600's. Some of them are versions which originated in Great Britain and others are from the US. Songs such as these are part of our deep musical heritage and formed the basis for more "modern" music that would come after.
$101- $200
Ruch, Dave The Erie Canal in Song! History,
A treasure trove of songs and stories that washed ashore with the workers, captains, passengers and crews of "Clinton’s Ditch", all presented with lots of audience participation. This engaging program will entertain and enlighten, and features a variety of stringed and other musical instruments from canal days. "Swan Library highly recommends Dave Ruch. Fun, informative and crowd pleasing....he is tops in his field" Michelle Watt, Children’s Librarian, Swan Library, Albion NY
$351- $500
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