David HB Drake has been performing for Wisconsin Libraries for over 40 years, each summer presenting a new program for the year's theme.
This year the theme is “Read, Renew, Repeat,” and it is about saving our Mother Earth.
Check out this flier presenting David's "What a Wonderful World" program.
"What a Wonderful World" presents songs for building a better earth, of other cultures, peace between people, and "recycled" singalongs.
The 2024 summer reading program, “Read, Renew, Repeat,” is about Conservation as a movement, focusing on protecting species from extinction, maintaining and restoring habitats, enhancing ecosystem services, and protecting biological diversity.
David sings songs for better tomorrows gathered over 40 years as a performer and environmental musician. He performs on guitar, concertina and handmade banjo, dulcimer, and tells stories using Native American flute.
David performed at the very first Earth Day in 1970 for Gaylord Nelson and every Earth Day since. He has been resident musician and educator for the Wisconsin Flagship “Denis Sullivan” and has served aboard the environmental ship CLEARWATER with Pete Seeger. He has performed for many nature centers and environmental organizations including Greenpeace and the World Sing-out for Peace.
David participated in the WLA Virtual YSS Performers Showcase on Friday, December 8th and the video can be seen on their website. Registered members can sign into the Showcase app through the end of February 2024. (For assistance, email email@example.com.)
The presentation is for adults, often for Friends of the Library groups, who are generally made up of passionate advocates for libraries and books, as Lutie was.
If you are interested in a performance of any kind, please let Stuart know. His website is StuartStotts.com and he's happy to provide references. If you are interested in a summer reading event, Stuart often finds it’s a lot more affordable if libraries work together to combine bookings.
"Thanks for your work. It’s not an easy time for many librarians, but I, and many others, believe you play an essential role in our society." - Stuart Stotts
Since its release, I’ve spoken about Tailspin at more than sixty events including forty libraries.
'Gene Moran’s story is, to put it mildly, amazing and John Armbruster’s presentation drew a crowd that was standing room only, which is rare in our tiny town! The presentation includes photos not included in the book, and Mr. Armbruster relates his experience recording Gene’s story so well. I would whole-heartedly recommend you include John Armbruster in your programming lineup.' - Amanda Hegge, Director, Whitehall Public Library
My presentations are an hour long and include video, audio, slides, readings and a display of banners and artifacts. I will also sell and sign books for as long as needed after the presentation.
The fee for my presentation is $400. I’ve already spoken at the following places in your Nicolet system area:
For more information on Tailspin, please read the (attached) sell sheet.
David HB Drake has been touring the Midwest for over 35 years presenting original and heritage music and folklore of the Great Lakes region at performing schools, festivals, concert stages and libraries.
“WISCON-SING” - A Musical History of Wisconsin
"Wisconsin's vibrant past comes to life in Wiscon-Sing, a multi-media performance of music and images featuring educator and folksinger David HB Drake. David has performed Wiscon-Sing for 30 years and counting live in state schools and libraries.
David engages audiences of all ages in an authentic immersion into history, performing on handmade and historic instruments: mountain banjo, dulcimer, concertina, Native American flute, and guitar.
Stories of Native Americans, French explorers, European immigrants, Great Lakes sailors, lumberjacks and farmers are further enhanced with over 150 historic and scenic images and sing-along captioned lyrics. It was performed over 300 times statewide during the 1998 Wisconsin Sesquicentennial and over a thousand times over the years." Review David's Wiscon-Sing flyer here.
The Illustrated Song: Folk Songs as Children's Books
"Many popular folk songs have been illustrated as children's books. Taking the concept full circle, David sings folk songs such as This Land is your Land, This Little Light of Mine, The Marvelous Toy, and I've been working on the Railroad while the pages of the corresponding children's books are projected.
It’s like having a giant book that everyone can read the words and see the pictures while the illustrated songs are performed live so everyone can sing along!
David plays authentic folk instruments including banjo, dulcimer, concertina, and guitar. This multimedia program was created with the help of the John Stewig Collection at the Center for Children's Literature, Hedberg Library of Carthage College in Kenosha WI."
Booking Now for Spring & Summer 2022!
Alex Thomas and Friends offers a variety of unique programs, in person and virtual. A team of professional animators & puppeteers with Television and Film experience, they have been providing unique library programs for nine years. They're also willing to travel!
Our 2022 Summer Reading Program has arrived! My name is Sadarri Saskill and I am part of a multilingual Storytelling troupe with over 25 years of teaching and performing experience throughout the world. We are so excited!
Focusing on multicultural literacy, we provide fun interactive storytelling performances, workshops, and activities for all ages — a simple turnkey opportunity that will allow you the most animated programming options with the least increase in your workload!
For more information, please visit www.globaltales.com and see the promo flyer and program information below.
Feel free to contact us directly with requests and/or questions. Specific details to be discussed prior to booking. Additional references and raves available. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
(Booking Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Muchísimas gracias, merci beaucoup, thank you very much!
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!
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
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.
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THE DEADLINE TO LOCK IN YOUR PARTICIPATION IS NOVEMBER 30TH, 2020. DON'T DELAY!
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.
As an itinerant storyteller and folksinger, Adam Miller has performed live concerts in more than 2,000 libraries in 48 states. In April, he received the Storytelling World Resource Award for his non-fiction story, Woody Guthrie: When the World’s on Fire.
Adam is coming out our way this spring. Please let him know if you’d be interested in scheduling a program at your library while he's in town. Adam has a popular program of Folksongs of the Great Lakes. And he have a program of Folksongs of the First World War for the Memorial Day holiday.
For a complete list of Adam Miller's many programs for libraries, please visit his website at
Adam's fee is $450 for one 60 - 90 minute sing-along program. There are no additional costs. He brings his own sound system. Click here for his brochure.
Debra Morningstar is an enrolled member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of WI–Turtle Clan. As a professional storyteller and cultural presenter for the past 26 years, she has performed in schools, libraries, festivals and conferences across the US and Canada.
Her collection of Native American stories called “Tales From the Lodge” was nominated for a NAMA award in 2009.
Debra artfully weaves Native flute, drum, and song into her entertaining and thought-provoking performances. She is available for Keynotes, Festivals, Museums, Libraries & Conferences.
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.
For the 2019 SRP Space and Showtime themes:
My Mother The Astronaut
To the moon and beyond!
Aquarius' mom is an astronaut and today is "Take your child to work day". Aquarius can't wait to go to NASA and find out what it's like to be in space!
They visit Mission Control where she meets scientists and engineers who show her what they do and she learns all about space travel. Her imagination blasts off and she dreams of incredible journeys through the cosmos!
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