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Making Books Sing’s touring programs

We are excited to tell you about Making Books Sing’s touring programs that are available to present right in your library this Spring or Summer! Each of our programs use theatre and original music to inspire learning, creativity and fun. We are happy to offer discounted packages for those who book two or more programs. Please see the information below and let me know if you have any questions!
My City Park
Touring Show

When Milo finds out that his favorite city park is going to be torn down and replaced with a shopping mall, he seeks out the help of his two best friends, Odessa the Owl and Bucky the Squirrel. This fun-filled 45-minute educational performance features puppetry, original songs and audience participation. Children will learn about the importance of shared community spaces as they sing along to original songs that celebrate New York City!

$400 per assembly performance; Best for grades PreK-3rd

Literature at Play


Children will work with professional teaching artists as they adapt a class-chosen book into an original musical! These fun-filled workshops inspire creative play, imagination and learning.

$200 per class, 90-minute per workshop; Best for grades 1st-5th

Do you need a Wii or Playstation for a program?

Do you need a Wii or Playstation for a program?

WLS has a Wii (Guitar Hero with Rockband, guitars and drum set) and a Playstation (Guitar Hero and a handful of games).

If you’d like to borrow these for your library, email with the dates that you want them AND the day you can come to pick them up.  That’ll reserve the items.  Look for a confirmation by email.

When you arrive for pickup, please see Anne Marie Perdichizzi in ILL Services. She will check out the items to your library card.

When your program is completed, please return the items to WLS promptly so they can be made available for the next library!

2013 WLA/WLS Performer’s Showcase – performers

Complete information on the performers in attendance can be found here: Performers Showcase Contact Sheet (please note that if printing, you have to use LEGAL sized paper)

Performers Listed on the Showcase Contact Sheet

  • Jim Ryan Talks
  • H.E.A.R.T. Pet Programs
  • Najuma the Storyteller (Toni Brown)
  • Crochet and Knit with Miriam (Miriam Norman)
  • Strawtown Studio
  • Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson
  • Boy Scouts of America, Westchester-Putnam Council
  • Belle’s Dance Networks (Belle Ritter)
  • Quincy Design (Quincy Egginton Ed. D.)
  • Adventures with Cosmic Carol (Lawrence Pitonza)
  • Origami and Action Models (Larry Davis)
  • Up in Arms (David Manley)
  • Barbara Dee, Author and Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival Board of Directors member
  • Laura Doherty
  • Sciencetellers (Andrew Piccirillo)
  • Uncle Eye and Julia (Ira Levin and Julia Bordenaro Levin)
  • Steffi Nossen School of Dance
  • Franee the Clown (Theresa Francois)
  • Josie’s International School of Dance

Pricing notes for some of those who performed

  • Laura Doherty: $350, 45-60 minute program. Block booking, it’s about $250-$275 per program
  • Sciencetellers: $350-$400. Block booking – $325 each for 2 shows in a day, $300 each for 3 shows in a day. Can do teen programs too.
  • Uncle Eye and Julia: $350, 45-50 minute program. Block booking – $300 each for 2 shows in a day, $250 each for 3 shows in a day.
  • Steffi Nossen School of Dance: $100/hr teaching. $150 for a 45-60 minute performance.
  • Franee the Clown: Average program is 45-60 minutes, $250. Special Ed teacher before becoming a clown so she is great with special needs kids.

I have flyers for the following performers who were not in attendance. I am hoping to be able to scan them, and flyers from performers who did come, so I can add all of the flyers to this post.

  • Traveling Lantern Theatre Company
  • James Durst
  • Animal Embassy
  • Tom Sieling
  • ArtsWestchester

For more information on these and other performers, check out the Statewide New York State Performers and Programs Database at

Therapy Animal Programs

Have you thought about having a therapy animal program in your library?  Here is contact information for some of the organizations out there.

Note: My own dog Too Tall is registered through Therapy Dogs Inc. as well as R.E.A.D. so I have included information on these organizations in addition to contact info.  If others have info on the other groups please feel free to email me at and I will add the info.

Therapy Dogs Incorporated
Phone: 877-843-7364

This is an organization that certifies dog and handler teams from around the country.  Contacting the main office by phone or email, they will be able to give you a list of teams in the area.

R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) through Intermountain Therapy Animals
Phone: 801-272-3439

This is the official organization that registers animal handler teams as R.E.A.D. This is a therapy animal organization that registers teams in Utah, Montana, and Idaho, but they will register any team from around the United States as a R.E.A.D. team. To become registered as a R.E.A.D. team, one must be registered with a therapy organization, and contact Intermountain Therapy Animals. They then ask you to read a handbook, watch a DVD and there is a written test that the handler takes. Once one passes the test and sends in the application fee they are registered as a R.E.A.D. team.

Good Dog Foundation
Phone: (888) 859-9992

H.E.A.R.T. Pet Program

Jill Ferson at
home number: 914-271-0182
cell: 914-260-7251.

Pet Partners formerly Delta Society

Therapy Dogs International
Phone: (973) 252-9800
fax (973) 252-7171

Brazilian Drums

John Arrucci
John offers a variety of percussion workshops. He is an excellent programmer, very interesting and engaging. By the end of the workshop everyone will be playing. He is expensive, but worth it. He may come down on his price for libraries.
Erik – WH

Sushi Making

Amalia Greco
Amalia teaches at Chef Central, in Hartsdale. She did a great job teaching teens how to make Sushi in a short period of time. By the end of class they made two different rolls and one piece of sushi. She is expensive.
Erik – WH