Subject: Free Community Resources
Dear Library Partners and Friends,
It is my pleasure to share Seacoast Science Center’s growing library of free digital resources, all newly designed to support the changing needs of families and educators. These nature-based lessons and activities are freely accessible on the SSC website and new ones are created and delivered monthly via our email newsletter. Anyone can join our mailing list to stay current with new videos and activities.
Museums, libraries, science and nature centers and other learning providers OUTSIDE the classroom all comprise an ecosystem of learning to support our children, and ultimately, strengthen our community. In times like these, community is important. We love learning and exploring in person with students, families and visitors, but for now, our naturalists will come to you virtually!
We hope you and your members and patrons enjoy these curated collections of free activities, videos, links and lessons designed to support at-home learning, empower children to investigate nature, and help families find respite from today’s challenges.
There is one big Ocean that connects us all. Together we can support each other, and we encourage you to help us spread our message of ocean health and ocean conservation by passing this resource along to your members and networks and asking them to sign up to receive our weekly updates.
Director of Mission
Seacoast Science Center
STEVE BLUNT’S MUSICAL MENAGERIE!
For summer reading 2021, Steve Blunt presents a kid-friendly mix of animal-themed songs & stories with lots of audience participation—including an original tune, “Let’s Go to the Library for Tales ’n’ Tails ’n’ Tales.” Available solo, children’s music band & duo with author/illustrator Marty Kelley. Details at: www.steveblunt.com/summer-reading-2021
MORE MUSICAL PROGRAMS OFFERED VIRTUALLY:
Music lectures & instruction,
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"The Beatles - 50 Years Later"
In this lecture I don't cover those things that people already know, like The Beatles came from Liverpool, wore long hair, were introduced to the U.S. by Ed Sullivan. Everyone already knows those things.
Instead, I delve into the details of their music and techniques that were ground breaking; those sometimes overlooked components that made them pioneers. I cover the 'spices' of their musical recipes and place them in the attendees minds and ears, making it obvious why they're still a musical influence decades later. Perhaps the most common response from participants is, "I'll listen to music differently from now on" and I love to hear that! This lecture, filled with that insight as well as some great stories from the band's history, is a hit - my most popular topic.
"How Music Works"
This is a multi-part series which, as the name implies, is an exploration of the components of music, how they came to be, and how they make the music work. It's part music history, theory, personalities, eras, styles. Mostly geared to classical music, there is a substantial element of jazz as well. I generally do this program in 3 or 4 sessions.
"Back to Bach"
This is an exploration of the master of modern music. Even though he lived hundreds of years ago, Bach wrote the book, both literally and figuratively, on what makes music 'tick'. We explore his musical world, his style, some of his great works, and his legacy. I make his amazing complexity understandable, and it's an ear-opening lecture (the second most popular after "The Beatles - 50 Years Later".)
We just passed the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, and the world celebrated. He was a ground-breaking composer who took the musical world by storm. In this presentation we learn about his upbringing and early years (all of which carved the volatile person he later became), his experiences in later life that influenced his music, and of course his amazing gifts to the world. Ludwig grew up in the Classical period and ushered in the Romantic period, which he had a very large part in creating. He was a colossus.
"Jazz, An American Art"
Jazz was born in the U.S. but is our gift to all cultures. This presentation delves into its origins, styles, evolution, and milestones. And of course, as with all of my lectures, we listen to an earful of magnificence. We discuss the components that are common to all eras of jazz, and, interestingly, those elements that are shared by other styles of music. (This is my third most popular lecture.)
"The Three B's of Music"
A few venues have requested a series (aside from "How Music Works"), and I've been doing something called "The Three Bs of Music". This is an expression that comes from the classical world, and in that world "the Three B's of Music" refers to Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. I prefer to speak only about topics that I'm passionate about, and while I'm extraordinarily passionate about Bach and Beethoven, I'm less so about Brahms (it's a subjective thing). Because of that, when I was first asked to present a series like this, I proposed taking this concept and changing it in two ways: expanding it beyond the classical world, and bringing it up to modern times. MY Three B's of Music - "Bach, Beethoven and The Beatles" - was born, and has been very well received. These three DO share elements that put them on the same level in many ways. This is a three lecture series, one session on each entity.
This year's CSLP summer reading theme, Tails and Tales, could not be more fitting for The Whalemobile!
Would children be interested in learning about whales this summer?
YES! Children are fascinated with whales! This summer, The Whalemobile is offering libraries two options for virtual programs (see details on back page). We can kick off or wrap up your summer reading program, or we can be a part of your programming for children or adults. Whales are an inspiration for kids to start thinking about and taking action for our planet. Through all the programs, we are cultivating the next generation of ocean advocates.
Option 1: Summer Reading Kickoff Event or Finale
Do you want to kick off the summer reading program with a virtual splash? This looks like:
· For large audience: 45-minute virtual presentation (an abbreviated version of The Tale of the Tail of a Humpback Whale) with Q & A time included.
· Three 25-minute virtual sessions with up of 20 screens each. We will explore threats whales face and what individuals can do to make a difference for whales. Conservation starts in our backyard. Children will be encouraged to take action locally to make a difference. (This is geared towards any age audience and focuses mostly on marine debris and trash).
We hope children will share with us actions they take as a result of the program, so that we can feature it in our summer showcase.
Cost: $325 (If there is interest, each additional 25-minute session is $50)
Option 2: Presentation of The Tale of the Tail of a Humpback Whale
This 1-hour virtual program is a TALE about one of my favorite humpback whales--Nile. She was born in 1987, and I have seen her almost every year that I have been whale watching--since 1994! I'll share why she is my favorite and how scientists study humpbacks (by the patterns on their TAILS). We "virtually" go inside a life-sized model of Nile to learn about how humans and whales are similar! In the end, we will discuss actions we can take to help protect whales! (There are different programs suitable to teens and adults as well. See www.thewhalemobile.com)
Cost: $165 for 20 screens ($140 for each additional presentation for an additional 20 screens)
What’s included with each offering:
If you are interested in seeing a 15-minute preview or ask me questions, I will be doing five previews in the next two weeks:
Thursday, April 8, 11:00 a.m. EDT
Friday, April 9, 1:30 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, April 13, 10:30 a.m. EDT
Tuesday, April 13, 1:30 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, April 15, 4:00 p.m. EDT
Click here to register for a preview!
To Book a Program:
· Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
· Phone: 617-838-2646 (Cynde).
· If you have 2-3 dates and times in mind, suggest those when you contact us.
· Once the date is booked, you will receive access to all the available materials.
Founder / Owner / Manager
Didgeridoo Down Under: Unique Programs for Kids, Teens & Adults!
DDU Online: Captivating Virtual Programs!
office 813-961-4656 / cell 813-833-8856
We offer a variety of programs:
- DDU Show: Australian Music, Animals & More! ... for ages 3+
- Adventures of the Wild Wolf: Children's Author Visit, Storytelling, Motivational Speaking! ... for ages 5-13
- Protect the Planet: Earth Science & Environmental Entertainment! ... for ages 5-14
- Aussie Funk Jam: Didgeridoo Workshop! ... for ages 6+, especially tweens & teens
- Music & More from Down Under and Beyond: Didgeridoo Concert! ... for adults
Our promo videos are posted at www.didgedownunder.com/gallery.
Aussie Funk Jam: Didgeridoo Workshop
(for ages 6+, especially tweens & teens; please watch promo video)
IDEA TO TRY: Rebecca Laurence, Children/Youth Librarian at Chino Valley Public Library offered cardboard tubes to attendees leading up to the online workshop.