5/4/2022 update from Kelly Bolter, Adult Programming Coordinator @ Milwaukee Public Library:
We're counting down the days until Melinda Myers will be celebrating Pollinator Month with your libraries and patrons! She’ll be hosting 3 live webinars and 3 youth videos with corresponding DIY projects that can be done as part of library programming with kids, tweens and teens. These projects can also be accessed online for any families or households who would like to do this at home with take home kits.
Attached (below), you will find a DIY Project Supplies List created by Melinda. This could helpful for any libraries who plan on including them in a Summer Reading Program, and any take-and-make kits. Please note that step-by-step instructions for each of these DIY projects and the corresponding videos are being produced and will be available online by 5/16 on the program’s webpage, www.atc-GrowSmart.com/library. This page is currently under development.
I’ve also attach(ed) a refresher of the Pollinator Month program and content that will be provided to our libraries free of charge (see the attached June 2022 Pollinator Month Factsheet) and information so you can promote the 3 pollinator gardening webinars presented by Melinda to your patrons (see Pollinator Month 2022 Webinar Registration Info).
If you have any questions, please contact Diana Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for getting the word out about the importance of pollinators and ways we can help them! Please note the dates of the Pollinator Month Webinars are June 1, June 15, and June 22.
Original post: 3/21/2022
June is National Pollinators Month. In an effort to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and how everyone can help them, American Transmission Co. is teaming up with gardening expert and author Melinda Myers. Together, they will produce and provide libraries throughout Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with educational programming and content for National Pollinators Month.
The content and programming will be made available to the libraries at no cost and the libraries may offer the programs and content to their patrons throughout the month of June...
The following information is taken directly from the WI Libraries for Everyone blog post, PBS Wisconsin Education Resources Available (April 19, 2022).
Guest post from Marci Glaus at PBS Wisconsin Education
Whether you are preparing for Oceans of Possibilities this summer or looking to bolster early learning and youth services programming, PBS Wisconsin Education provides both Wisconsin-specific and nationally-curated content you can use as a springboard or central component to educational programming.
PBS LearningMedia is a free digital learning website created to support the distribution of compelling Pre-K-12 educational media resources. PBS LearningMedia’s robust and contextualized digital resources are designed to supplement educational experiences with video segments from award-winning PBS documentaries and series, PBS KIDS properties, station-produced programs, and original video and interactive resources!
Collaborative Summer Library Program
Examples below highlight some ideas from PBS LearningMedia that pair well with preparation for Oceans of Possibilities summer programming:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Beyond summer library programming, pbswisconsineducation.org offers seven different Wisconsin-focused collections for grades 3-12 with cross-curricular connections in American Indian Studies, English Language Arts, Environmental Education, Music, Social Studies, and Science. Collections include videos, student interactives, games, educator guides, and more. All of these resources are made with Wisconsin educators, and are completely free to use in any learning space!
If you have any questions or would like to talk further, please contact Marci Glaus: email@example.com.
Make Your Library Summer Reading Program Unforgettable, Successful, and Fun
If you are booking summer shows in your libraries and still need a variety act, consider the Magic Village magic show.
Magic, ventriloquism, escapes, comedy, and audience participation are all set around 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.
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!
Nickey Fynn is a family entertainer specializing in live comedy magic shows for performances at libraries throughout Wisconsin.
Nickey's rate is $300 for a 45 minute show plus travel ($0.50 per mile to and from Stoughton, WI, if more than 30 miles). The program is for ages 6 and up and has lots of audience participation mixed with sleight of hand comedy magic, storytelling, music and balloons.
Visit nickeyfynn.com for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The following program information comes from Michigan author Ross Richardson.
I’m scheduling virtual library programs (via Zoom) for the winter/spring season (February-May) of 2022. Each live program has an hour-long runtime and is followed by an open Q&A session. These programs feature state of the art underwater video, as well as historical imagery, research and documentation.
My most popular programs are:
Below are links to news stories concerning some of my discoveries.
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: email@example.com)
Muchísimas gracias, merci beaucoup, thank you very much!
As an international non-profit, Girls Who Code offers free and flexible computer science opportunities for students with a strong emphasis on social-emotional development.
Rochelle Melander is a writing coach and teaching artist. She is the founder of Dream Keepers, a writing workshop for young people in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and she teaches at libraries, local schools, and museums.
Rochelle's new book, Mightier Than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World through Writing (Beaming Books; July 27, 2021), is a middle grade social justice book pairing life changing writing exercises with the stories of a diverse group of people who changed lives and communities throughout history. The book features people from a variety of disciplines who used their words to educate people about the stars, advocate for women’s rights, end slavery, save the environment, protest injustice, and more. Sidebars explore types of writing, fun facts, and further resources.
Library directors: if you would like to review the eARC to take a look at this book, please contact Rochelle for a link.
She’s also written 11 books for adults, including two books to help people write: Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell About It) and Level Up: Quests to Master Mindset, Overcome Procrastination and Increase Productivity.
Rochelle is also available for author visits.
Meet Isaiah, of The Magic of Isaiah out of the La Crosse, Wisconsin area. Isaiah has an all new 2022 summer library show entitled Dive Into Reading: Oceans of Possibilities. He has been performing for libraries for the past 15 years, with an all new show every year based on the National theme. This is much more than the average magic show!
Every show incorporates books that support the magic. This will get your patrons excited to check out books on the various topics he introduces and performs on. Along with the magic, Isaiah also incorporates light juggling, puppetry and clean family comedy.
This year's show, Dive Into Reading: Oceans of Possibilities, will include books such as How I Became a Pirate, Land shark, The Pout Pout Fish and many more. During the show, there will be a fish race with one child against four adults. It's amazing seeing all the audience members involved in this, with nothing more than loud cheering and laughter happening. During the show, the audience members will learn about the importance of reading and how often they should be reading. Isaiah also has a special guest puppet that has an important message to tell all of your guests. There is so much more to talk about with Isaiah's shows and he cant wait for you to be as excited as he is about it.
Shows are 45 minutes long and are tailored to all ages, and all shows are guaranteed with a simple agreement and invoice. Isaiah travels anywhere in Wisconsin and offers multiple-show discounts with your own library or libraries within your system. Show prices range from $250 to $450 depending on the location.
"I want to thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to your interest in my summer reading show."
Mike Schneider is available to perform his Pint Size Polkas program year-round! Please view the introductory video below for the programs he's offering in 2022. Whether you’ll be back with in-person programming or are in need of virtual programming, Mike will bring a one-of-a-kind experience to your patrons that librarians across the country have praised for its quality, uniqueness, and memorability!
Mike tries to keep per program pricing around $350, including all expenses. The farther he travels, the more shows he needs to book to be able to make that happen, so please spread the good word to your colleagues! If you are interested in booking, please let Mike know so he can get to work making additional contacts. Mike looks forward to sharing his passion for polka music and family-friendly entertainment with your patrons in the near future!
Mike's contact information is:
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!"
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
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