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Description
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Bram, Lance Public speaking for Teens Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
We all must eventually tackle our nerves and get over the fear of public speaking. Maybe you just want to brush up on your aspiring skills and talents. Careers in the entertainment field to the business field all use these general skills. Whether you just need good technique or you are looking to build up your confidence, this is a great workshop for you!
Up to $100
Sardelli, Darren LAUGH-A-LOT POETRY Literature- Poetry,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Award winning poet and children’s book author, Darren Sardelli, shows children and young adults the cool side of poetry. Come watch Darren act out his hilarious and witty poetry, find out where he gets his ideas from, and learn how to paint pictures with words. Many will leave this program with a new appreciation for reading and writing. Giggles guaranteed! * Darren's poems are featured in 20 children’s books in the U.S. and England, and dozens of textbooks (worldwide). He's visited more than 600 schools & libraries and his poems have been showcased on Radio Disney, in best selling books on the Scholastic Book List, and are being used in lesson plans all around the world.
$501- $1000
Linthwaite, Dara Rock the Library with a Teddy Bear's Picnic! Life Skills- Food,
Literature- Other,
Music
Invite the preschoolers of your library to bring their favorite Teddy Bear or other 'lovey' to this musical teddy Bear's Picnic! We'll be learning finger plays about hungry bears, participate with packing healthy pretend foods for a picnic, and rocking the library with songs about this "picnic time for Teddy Bears" as the song lyrics go! All music is live, performed by Miss Dara and the children, never pre-recorded.
$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
Walsh, FARMER TOM WALSH and tiger tom GUITAR WORKSHOP WITH FARMER TOM WALSH OPEN TUNING History,
Literature- Other,
Music
Tiger Tom performs his songs and stories gathered from Masters he has studied and performed with including folklorist John Lomax and Mike Seeger of the Smithsonian institute of America, Legendary Traditional American musicians Doc Watson, Norm Blake, Joe Pass, Fiddling Mark Hamilton and others. Tiger Tom is a Master Flat picker and of the open tunings in early roots music; passed to him by Mike Seeger. Workshops are available. American songs of the Miner – include: Dark as a mine, the miner daughters dream, the miner (original) American songs of Praise – A collection of Gospel, Bluegrass, Roots and original songs. American songs for Children – A collection of children’s music and storytelling.
$351- $500
Hessler, Arielle Bookbinding for Artists: Chapbooks Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Poetry,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Have a collection of poems you want to self-publish? Want to expand your creativity into another art medium? Learn how to make chapbooks, historically used to publish small, inexpensive pamphlets of writing. Attendees will learn 3 different types of chap book bindings they can easily recreate at home for their writings and artwork, in addition to taking home the books produced in the workshop. 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 handmade marbled and printed papers from around the world- in bright and fun colors, of course
$201- $350
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
Edgecomb, Diane A Celtic Evening Literature- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Irish Culture comes to life with Storytelling, Song and the strains of the Celtic harp. In A Celtic Evening, Diane brings to life Ireland’s storytelling treasures from the humorous Legend of Knockgrafton to the hauntingly beautiful Deirdre of the Sorrows. The most famous of all Irish romances, Deirdre weaves together Druidic prophecies with a forbidden passion so profound it dares to defy the fates. The performance is set against a lush background of harp music: original and traditional melodies played by the versatile Margot Chamberlain on a variety of Celtic folk harps. Enjoy an evening of humor, passion and music with these two inspiring performers. A Celtic Evening is also available as a full musical event with the addition of Michael Punzak on story and fiddle and Tom Megan on accordion, keyboard and pennywhistle. Thoughtfully composed and beautifully presented, A Celtic Evening was a joy for us all. The combination of both your talents made for an inspirational evening that moved the audience to laughter and to tears, and left us with a feeling that magic was in the air. Director of programming, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA
$501- $1000
Coogan, Donna Meditate, Write, Reflect…A Creative Process Health & Fitness- Other,
Literature- Creative Writing
Each hour long session will begin with practicing meditation techniques. This will help create space in our minds as we then will enjoy the experience of writing. Inspirational texts will be provided to help spark each participant’s personal writings. They will be given the opportunity to use a writer’s notebook to express feelings, describe thoughts, and/or create lasting memories.
$101- $200
Bram, Lance Journaling workshop Life Skills- Other,
Literature- Creative Writing
As a creative outlet for your emotions, you will write about life experiences and how they make you feel. This workshop will explore creative writing and journal writing to document different times in your life. Hopefully you can get into the habit of writing in your journal every day!
Up to $100
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