We had a great showcase of performers at the CHILIS Spring Conference last week. Here’s a brief intro to them, in case you missed out (or need a reminder of who’s who)(or just want to relive the talent again!). To make up for the fuzzy pictures, we have some video as well. Presented in order of the roster, NOT in the order of performance.
Peter Boie – Magician
Peter shared some magic and comedy with every day items. He presents himself as a bumbling magician, but has quite a few tricks up his sleeve.
Critters and Creatures – live animal program
Mona showed us a (destinkified) polecat, and a blue-tongued lizard, just a sample of her many amazing animals.
Scott Jameson – Magician
With audience help, Scott debuted a new scientific water trick, as well as a classic from his repertoire in the video below. After he has disolved three cups of different colored sands into a bowl of water, he removes each color individually.
Jungle Jim’s – Balloon Artistry
Jim uses 20 volunteers to create a Rube Goldberg Mouse-Trap. Watch it come to life below:
Lindsay and her Puppet Pals
Lindsay introduced us to her Moose friend before the performance, and during she shared the science of color-mixing with her ape Einstein, plus sneak preview of her new Robot puppet named Bob.
Mad Science – Science shows and workshops
Mad Science made clouds in a bottle, made cap-popping potions with librarians Tara and Meg, and below they show us the balloon experiments they do in their smaller, hands-on workshop:
Magic of Science
Sarah from the Magic of Science shares the scientific secrets that often appear magical. Below, she convinces Kristin that a bed of nails is actually quite comfy.
Linda Peck – Mary Poppins Performance
Linda brought along her carpet bag of tricks for her Mary Poppins performance, which includes volunteers as Jane and Michael Banks. She has an alternative performance option called “Starry Starry Night.”
Hunt and Allison Smith
Hunt and Allison present a performance option as well as a workshop presenting the Science of Sound, bringing volunteers into a big orchestra:
Gary Sredzienski – Accordion musician
Gary presents a humorous program introducing kids to the accordion, its history, and the mechanics of what makes it work:
Vermont PuppeTree presented a shadow puppet performance of a Leo Lionni favorite. Video below:
Michael Zerphy – Storyteller and Juggler
Michael’s program shares the story of how he became the Speed-of-Light-Kid, including a juggling act.
If you need more info on any of these performers, here is the complete roster with program descriptions and pricing. And don’t forget, KBA Grant applications are due on Ann Hoey’s desk by Friday March 28th!
Later this week, we’ll share our own librarian presenters and their ideas for storytimes and books to share for Fizz, Boom, Read!