For nearly three decades Chad Lewis has traveled the back roads of the world in search of the strange and unusual. From tracking Vampires in Transylvania and searching for the elusive monster of Loch Ness to trailing the dangerous Tata Duende through remote villages of Belize and searching for ghosts in Ireland's castles, Chad has scoured the earth in search of the paranormal.
Chad has been featured on the Discovery Channel's A Haunting, William Shatner's Weird or What, ABC's World's Scariest Places, Monsters and Mysteries in America, along with being a frequent contributor to Ripley's Believe it or Not Radio. With a Master's Degree in Psychology, Chad has authored over 25 books on the supernatural and extensively lectures on his fascinating findings. The more the bizarre the legend is, the more likely you will find Chad there!
**Virtual Openings for Fall & Winter**
"Due to the rise in Delta and winter driving conditions, many libraries have been asking for virtual options for their Fall & Winter programming.
With this, in addition to my in-person programs I have converted all my presentations to include a virtual option through Zoom, Skype, Facebook Live, Blue Jeans, etc...... or even a pre-recorded version as well.
Many libraries are even taping the live video to make it accessible through their websites for those who couldn't attend the live broadcast and a pre-recorded option is available as well.
I have included all the info for you below---just let me know what you pick.
It is great to know that even in these strange times people still crave storytelling.
Keep an eye out,
Are you and your patrons still looking for that perfect paranormal/ghost program at the library this fall? Something that would be educational, entertaining, and even infused with humor an fun (without being too deep into occult or questionable material)? My "Visiting the Beyond" paranormal program could be just the fit your library needs - and at a fair price!
My name is Curt Strutz, and I am a self-proclaimed "Paranormal Explorer." I tour and visit some of the country's most notorious haunted locations and experience them - with personal happenings, history, and original photography. I bring all of this original content to libraries and museums across the country - and already have a semi-full fall schedule at this point in time (with live and in-person lectures in WI, FL, IA, and AL already booked in 2021).
My presentations are loved by those into the paranormal, but also are great for those into both history and photography.
I am pleased to announce that I do have a handful of solid/great dates that can still be booked for this September and October that will work for WI libraries - given the fact I do reside right here in the state! While the majority of the bottom half of October being booked, there are still quite a few solid dates open for the top half of the month. We could still make it happen for your library!
I have been scheduling lectures on the paranormal for nearly 10 years - speaking at libraries all over the country, as well as museums, special events, and even some paranormal conferences down in Illinois a few years back. I was also a featured cast member of a nationally syndicated cable access TV show called "Paranormal Generation." This show aired on cable access channels across the country, from Lancaster, CA to Philadelphia, PA! The show ran for two seasons/years, and all back episodes are still available to view on YouTube!
Get Kids Out and Exploring Wisconsin's Wonderful Natural Resources with the DNR's Wisconsin Explorer Program!
Check out this super fun program from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources!
"Make tracks to the nearest state park, forest, trail or recreation area and ask for a free Wisconsin Explorer booklet. Inside you'll find nature activities, scavenger hunts, games, hikes and crafts to help you explore Wisconsin's great outdoors together.
Kids who complete the requirements will earn collectible state symbol patches. Don't just sit there - get out and start discovering secrets together!"
The following information comes from Wisconsin author Kevin Revolinski's newsletter, The Mad Traveler.
Folksinger and storyteller David HB Drake presents “Animal Faire” - a menagerie of songs for the whole family!
To celebrate the Summer 2021 Reading Program, “Tails and Tales”, David is “Going to the Zoo” to visit “My Rhinoceros” and go “Waltzing with Bears” at “The Animal Faire”. Magical beasts like “Puff the Magic Dragon” play with “Jennifer’s Rabbit” in songs performed on guitar, concertina, banjo, dulcimer, and Native American flute.
David HB Drake has been called “the real thing” – a musician and historian with 40 year of experience performing throughout the Midwest.
Contact Organic Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or call 414-702-6053.
Libraries over 100 miles from Milwaukee – please be “green” and try to work with other area libraries to schedule more than one show a day and/or on adjacent days to save travel costs.
Programs can be done outdoors or in large rooms if COVID restrictions are still in place. David also has programs for the community, Library Week, and Seniors year-round.
For a wealth of information on David’s rainbow of performances for all ages, visit www.davidhbdrake.com and David HB Drake on YouTube.
David HB Drake
Creative Director, Organic Arts Ltd.
414-702-6053 / email@example.com
Looking to add a spark to your “Tails & Tales” line-up? Sharon Page and the Circus Dogs are national-award-winning performers based right here in Wisconsin!
They’ve retired from live shows, but spent the past four months filming and editing a 48-minute video called “ABC CIRCUS”—the culmination of 25-years performing with animals. This was a labor of love for the 2021 Summer Reading Program theme “Tails & Tales” that will never be repeated!
From inspiring to laugh-out-loud funny, the fourteen mini-chapters feature topics ranging from “a puppy’s life in Istanbul” to “dealing with sibling rivalry.” Along the way, their performing dogs and cat showcase over 80 Awwwww-inspiring tricks.
Already have live performers booked? Stream “ABC CIRCUS” ahead of the Summer Reading Program as an incentive for families to sign up! There’s even an option to add a “live” Zoom meet & greet with Sharon and all three pets.
I’m excited to share that Girls Who Code’s free Summer Immersion Program (SIP) will be virtual again in 2021. We care deeply about serving students who are underrepresented in the tech field and lack access to CS education. I want to help you learn more about the program and encourage your eligible students to apply!
SIP is a free 2-week virtual program!
Participation is 100% free, and GWC provides need-based stipends of up to $300 for those who qualify. We are committed to serving all girls and non-binary students but especially those who come from underrepresented backgrounds in tech, including Black, Latinx, and low-income students.
Partner with us and your students receive priority consideration!
As a SIP Community Partner your students would receive priority consideration into the program. All they need to do is indicate that Nicolet Federated Library System is their Community Partner when asked on their application. Complete this form to partner with us!
Encourage your students to apply, share the blurb below!
I hope you can partner with us and share the blurb below with 9th-11th graders in your community. If you have any questions, sign up to join an informational call.
Embracing Special Needs, Building Inclusive Communities: A Program offered by Miss Wisconsin 2020-2021
My name is Alyssa Bohm, a Racine native, I am currently serving as Miss Wisconsin 2020-2021. I am a high school special education teacher that understands the importance of equal opportunities and educating our youth about inclusion and acceptance.
As a state titleholder, it’s my job to volunteer, make appearances throughout the state and promote my social impact initiative, "Embracing Special Needs, Building Inclusive Communities" which focuses on enhancing the lives of those with disabilities and creating inclusivity within our communities.
I am diligently working to fill up my calendar for the remainder of my tenure. I am scheduling virtual and in-person appearances. I am available to speak (about my social initiative, perseverance, social media, and a few other topics), sign autographs, mingle, walk in fashion shows, dance, etc.
I would love to make an appearance at your library and present my Inclusion Program: Teaching Acceptance and Kindness. I can also assist in promoting the program event prior to the event taking place on our social media platforms.
Last year, I worked with more than 55 libraries in 12 states around the country providing virtual SRP shows.
I would love to bring it to your library this year, if you are thinking of doing virtual shows. This is a little preview of the program.
I incorporate Japanese folktales with origami, and magic tricks. It goes with this year’s library theme “Tails and Tales”. It is a 35-40 minutes program targeting family audiences. And I can do any virtual formats your library likes. (e.g. Live streaming on your FB page, pre-recording, or zoom workshop etc.) I also offer a virtual hands-on origami workshop for teens or adults too.
Please take a look and please let me know if we can work together for the community this summer.
Please stay safe,
Director, Magician and Storyteller
Dear Library Staff,
Right now, we need ways to connect, and nothing does that like music – even on-line!
My name is Dan Robinson, and I've performed music for communities of all kinds for over 25 years. I would love to share music that inspires and brings people together with your library community.
After a recent on-line performance of my program, "Touring the Badger State," Wendy Rosenow at the Shawano County Library wrote:
“Dan transported us around our state from lakes to rivers and towns in between. He beautifully chose music from many artists to portray his stories. Humorous and poignant snippets of Wisconsin lore and history was relayed to our viewers in a one-hour concert that flew by!”
If you’re interested in talking with me about a performance, please click the link below, which will take you to my website where you'll find information on a variety of programs I offer, including the “Touring the Badger State” performance mentioned above. Or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have.
I know times are tough for library budgets, so I want to make these performances as affordable as possible. My suggested costs are $65 for a 30 minute program and $90 for a 60-minute program, but let me know if that’s a financial strain and we’ll work something out.
Thanks for considering this, and I hope we get a chance to connect. Until then, stay safe!
The following is from Dave Daniels, executive director of the non-profit, Colossal Fossils:
"We are going to be “cautiously optimistic” and plan for in-person library programs while still offering online alternatives, similar to what we did this past summer. With that said, I’m including the brochure for our 2021 Summer Reading program, “A Whale of a Tale.”
We are going to feature some very large bones from the world’s largest animals, while telling their stories and discussing their fascinating evolutionary paths. We would be happy to put your library in our calendar and are maintaining the same pricing for the in-person programs that we have had for the last two years. I suspect that our calendar will fill up quickly, so if you would like us to pencil you in, please let us know as soon as you can. Also, take advantage of the 10% price reduction by scheduling a program with us before January 1st, 2021.
All the best to you. Stay healthy, and I hope we can see each other in person this coming summer.
Executive Director, Colossal Fossils Inc.
email@example.com ~ 715-303-9407
The booking deadline is NOVEMBER 30, 2020.
Reservations are limited and access is being offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please complete the Booking Inquiry at nancydrewexhibition.com/index#booking-inquiry.
"The program will feature:
THE DEADLINE TO LOCK IN YOUR PARTICIPATION IS NOVEMBER 30TH, 2020. DON'T DELAY!
Make Your Library Summer Reading Program Unforgettable, Successful, and Fun
From Kelvin Saline, Magician/Ventriloquist:
"Looking forward to summer 2021 and your summer reading program is in full swing. Safety precautions are in place and the families are enjoying this magic and ventriloquism show. They are laughing, gasping, and having a TON OF FUN, just like families have done at my shows for the past 50 years.
Check out my video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEFGs3FK-Y0&feature=youtu.be
If you represent more than one library we can work out multi-show discounts and get this to fit your budget.
Magic, ventriloquism, escapes, comedy, and audience participation are all set about a theme about the job opportunities attempted by Charlie, the ventriloquist dummy. His attempt at being a doctor is demonstrated by the magician sawing an audience volunteer in two. His attempt to be a security guard is demonstrated by audience members locking up the magician in a set of old wooden stocks. As you can tell, there is a lot of audience interaction in this show.
I entertained thousands of kids every year from 2012 through 2019 at the Day Out With Thomas event and the Pumpkin Train event at the Depot in Duluth, MN. For references please reach out to Ken Buehler, Executive Director Lake Superior Railroad Museum, 218-733-7590, firstname.lastname@example.org or Kelly Cochrane, Managing Partner KC Consulting LLC, 612-743-2727, KLC@KCC-LLC.com."
Check out the latest form Mike Schneider of Pint Size Polkas:
I hope you had a great summer despite the unusual circumstances!
If you are in need of a fun off-season program any time between now and April 30, 2021, I’m offering a standardized version of my prerecorded virtual show for just $50 per library for reservations made between now and September 30, 2020! If you’d like to host a live stream or in-person event, please contact me for a free quote. My shows are filled with polka music, magic and comedy, making a great fit in September and October for Oktoberfest season; January for National Polka Month; or any time some spirit-lifting fun is in order.
If you’re looking ahead to summer 2021, I have some big excitement in store for the “Tales and Tails” reading theme. We’ll have some musical fun with Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox; talk a little bit about chickens and do the ever-popular “Chicken Dance;” and learn about Able and Baker, the first monkeys to successfully return to Earth after spaceflight. Whether you need an in-person show (inside or out) or will be going all virtual in 2021, I would be thrilled to bring some musical joy back to the good people of Green Bay! Please visit www.pintsizepolkas.com/library for details and a brief showcase video.
Would you be interested in including my Pint Size Polkas show in your 2020-21 programming plans? Please let me know at your earliest convenience.
Thank you as always for your consideration, and wishing you all the best in these turbulent times.
P.S. Check out my “Scrub, Scrub, Scrub (COVID-19 Edition)” MP3 song and music video (below).
If your young patrons need a little extra encouragement in the hand washing department, hopefully this will help. Thank you!
The following information was provided to NFLS by Kevin Wood aka “Mr. Lincoln”:
"I am “Mr. Lincoln”, a professional first-person historical presenter of our nation’s 16th President based in the Chicago area, with a very strong resemblance to Mr. Lincoln and a very extensive knowledge of his life and times.
This is to let you know that I now offer programs via various forms of virtual programming (in addition to old-fashioned in-person programming!):
Note that when I do a “live” virtual program, I also authorize the recording of it so that it can be made available online for a period of one week; pre-recorded videos likewise may be made available for one week.
Traveling Lantern has been educating and entertaining children nationwide since 1985. Its mission is to bring great stories to children, to draw them into an active theater experience, to excite their minds and to tickle their imaginations.
Traveling Lantern will have six virtual performances available during the 20-21 school year:
WATCH A CLIP: https://vimeo.com/455284142
PRINT A BROCHURE: https://www.travelinglantern.com/nowplayingW.php
Nestled in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, the Wildlife In Need Center (WINC) is a non-profit organization that provides free medical care for our sick, injured, or orphaned wild neighbors with the intention of returning them to their natural habitat. WINC offers virtual educational programming, as its program may be a fun fit for members of the library community!
WINC's virtual programs allow participants to meet its live Animal Ambassadors very up close and personal as you learn about their unique stories, species ecology and ways to promote Wisconsin native wildlife from its educators. The program provides an interactive experience through the use of polls, visual display, and an open platform for questions. What better way is there to learn about wildlife than from the animals themselves?!
WINC's programs can be hosted on its Zoom platform or staff can work with you if you have another platform you prefer. In addition, its team can assist you in advertising your program and organizing the list of participants to ensure a safe online experience.
The cost of WINC's virtual program is $100, and can last anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on your needs. For more information, please visit its website at http://www.helpingwildlife.org/educate/wildlife-education/
Please do not hesitate to contact the WINC Education Team with any inquiries. They hope to work with you and share their knowledge of native Wisconsin wildlife!
Hi! Does the library get into any fall outdoor concerts for your community / patrons?
18 year old Fond du Lac resident Christian Strutz has had some recent interest and success with bringing live guitar/singing music to libraries this summer, and is making LIVE MUSIC a possibility by offering outdoor concerts for libraries at an affordable price. Outdoor concerts are the perfect alternative to working around COVID concerns, we have found.
Some examples of August library concerts he has coming up include performances in the library courtyard/lawn, another right on the town’s Main Street, and yet one more in a city park (Baylis Park in Council Bluffs, IA) that is open to the entire city! All great opportunities to offer these in-person programs while still allowing social distancing features for the audience by being outdoors.
Christian is a wonderful songwriter, singer, and guitar player. He reached recent local “fame” with a song he wrote for graduating seniors entitled “Class of 2020,” that featured a heart-wrenching song about struggling through his senior year in quarantine. It caught the attention of area newspapers, as well as CBS and NBC news channels in Green Bay who both did news pieces on his song/work. These news clips can be seen on his www.christianstrutz.com web site.
From the publisher:
We are excited to share with you that Figure Eight (2019, Little Creek Press) tied for first place in the Mystery/Thriller category of the Midwest Book Awards announced on Saturday!
The second Northern Lakes Mystery, Spider Lake, was released in January. If your library doesn't yet have it, or if you need additional copies, both Figure Eight (2019) and Spider Lake (2020) are available through Baker and Taylor or Ingram. You may also order directly from us or the publisher, Little Creek Press.
We have seen many libraries hold virtual events this year. If you are interested in holding a book talk with Jeff, please let us know. Or, if you have recommendations for organizations, podcasts, blogs, or other media outlets we could contact to share these books more widely, drop us an email!
We truly appreciate your support over these past 18 months and the role you have played in the success of these Northern Lakes Mysteries. We hope to bring you book 3 soon!
For educators, families, students and any who loves the Great Lakes, Wisconsin Sea Grant staff have created coloring sheets to celebrate our great watershed.
When your work of art is finished, they would love to see it! You can:
Be sure to tag your image #ColorTheGreatLakes
Download the full booklet and let the colors flow!
See also: Explore Lake Sturgeon
My name is Alyssa Bohm, a Racine native, I am currently serving as Miss Wisconsin 2019. As a state titleholder, it’s my job to volunteer, make appearances throughout the state and promote my social impact initiative, "Embracing Special Needs, Building Inclusive Communities" which focuses on enhancing the lives of those with disabilities and creating inclusivity within or communities.
Ben Jimenez is offering an online version of Ben's Bubble Show to libraries for viewing.
The video is 30 minutes long and is:
Each library will be given a password to share with their patrons. Go to the website and enter the password to see the video. It will be continuously available for two consecutive days, starting at 9AM on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 and will stop at 9PM on Thursday, June 25, 2020.
Patrons can view it as much as they like during the two days.
Ben will also be offering more individualized times and dates as requested. Feel free to share this information with any other libraries, schools, etc.
Please contact Ben Jimenez with any questions or to participate: 773-499-6782 or email@example.com.
Magician Daniel Lusk here. Wow! What a time we are living in. I know that all of your worlds have been turned upside down like ours have. I also know that you all have been doing your best to continue to provide content to your patrons. THANK YOU!
We have been working hard to still provide the world with MAGIC! I hope you all got a chance to see and use our free Covid-19 safety video with Twinky the Rabbit and our magic tricks (below).
We have FINALIZED our new ONLINE SUMMER READING MAGIC SHOW PROGRAMS PACKAGE. We have worked very hard on making sure we are offering the best show and content you can provide to your patrons. We have spent many hours with librarians and other entertainers working out the best way to deliver content to libraries across the country this year. Here is a quick bullet point of what we discovered and what the best program would be . . .
Library Programming & Resources
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