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What's new for summer 2018 - Summer Reading Club - Music!

Reading Fiesta with Señorita Margarita

Seņorita Margarita with celebrate reading and music! She comes in a traditional Jalisco dress. Her show features Maria Rosita the puppet who tries to learn "La Cucaracha" in a hilarious rendition of the song where the audience participates. Also featured in the show is the Mexican Hat dance with Senorita Margarita and audience volunteers, and Mariachi Loco, a trumpet playing marionette who will bring the house down when his pants fall off! Senorita Margarita will also tell a traditional Cuban folktale, "Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach."

Age 4 - up.
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Learning Points
1. Promote interest, and pride, in Hispanic culture, which plays such an important part in Texas history.
2. Children will hear words and phrases in Spanish and become familiar with their meanings. They will hear a song in Spanish and will be taught the words to the song and the English translation.
3. Increase cultural tolerance by highlighting some of the many Hispanic elements in our society.
4. To encourage children's self-assurance and self-expression by offering a colorful character who is not afraid to be different.

Why not go ahead and book today? Check her calendar; get show pricing; then send a booking form.

Photo thumbnail of Margaret Clauder dressed as Senorita Margerita, holding her sombrero high in the air.
Photographic of Senorita Margarita standing beside her sombraro holding out her Jalisco dress.
Señorita Margarita posing with her sombrero and dress. This is a traditional Mexican dress from the Jalisco region. (Click picture for larger image.)   While wearing a Mexican dress, Señorita Margarita does a hat dance, and shows other Hispanic culture. (Click photo for larger image.)

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Newest show: The Hero is within YOU!

This is an anti-bullying program based on a curriculum suggested to us by a school counselor as one of the best anti-bully curriculums she had seen. Children will learn to identify physical, relational, and verbal bullying, how to respond to it and stop it. The program covers making good choices and self esteem. Arts in education relates to this program as puppetry, ventriloquism, and storytelling is used. Children will hear a story about bullying and respond by raising their hands as they identify "put-downs" in the story. The story is later retold changing the "put-downs" to "put-ups" and again the children will be asked to raise their hands when they recognize the "put-ups".

The Hero is within YOU! The Hero is within YOU!

For 2 unique programs consider these!

For an educational, informative look at weather, book Weather Wonders with Meteorologist Maggie. Maggie teaches about water - a natural material that can be solid, liquid, or gas. Along the way she'll perform a tornado magic effect, where the kids see a tornado in water! Next Maggie makes it magically snow - snow that is then used to make a snowman! She'll also have a guest - Chilly the Penguin - to teach about the coldest place on earth.

Who's afraid of clowns? Why, Archer's mother, of course! In this program - A Birthday Clown for Archer - (based on the book of the same name) Margaret looks at the fear of clowns. Archer wants a clown, but his mother says no, she is afraid of them. Archer asks why, and as she suggests an aspect (wide smiles, red nose) Archer says he likes that about clowns. While bringing the story to life, Margaret applies clown make-up in stages until, at the end of the story, she is fully made-up as a clown. There are many laughable moments as the children find out that clowns are funny, not fearsome.

A performer with a Bubble Show or a Bug Show!

Bubbles Filled with Fun - Bernadette the Bubble Lady

Bernadette with a photo of a soap hairdo, a routine from her show. Bernadette blowing a big, long bubble from her bare hands.
A popular routine with the Bubble Lady is when she gives someone a giant bubble hairdo, and then styles it for them. Lots of fun & laughs! Yes, you have blown bubbles before. But were they this big? And did you do it with your bare hands? Bernadette does!

Bernadette brings wonderful programs your kids will find fascinating. Click to jump over to her Blow a Bigger Bubble program, or to get closer to her What's Bugging You show. Either program will have kids and staff squealing on the day she shows up!

Creepy Crawly and Right Up Close! Bernadette the Bug Lady

Bernadette the Bug Lady in a photograph with a big nightcrawler.
Photo of Bernadette the Bug Lady, a Dallas Fort Worth daycare performer, with a tarantula.
The Bug Lady brings some insects which
we might have already gotten to know.
And she brings some that we probably never
had in our hands
; at least not voluntarily!

Coming Summer 2013 - Dig Up A Good Book With Paleo Maggie!

Photograph of Margaret Clauder dressed as Paleo Maggie, with a read-a-saurus puppet. Photo of Margaret Clauder dressed as Paleo Maggie, holding her read-a-saurus puppet.
Margaret posing with a Read-O-Saurus, one of the puppets who will help her on a journey to dig up a good book! Apparently, the Read-A-Saurus is up to mischief, requiring a stern look. How well does it mind? What book do they find? You'll learn that in the show!

Paleo-Maggie engages the audience with her program, using storytelling, puppetry, and ventriloquism, along with fun co-stars as she leads childen on an imaginary journey through the library to dig up a good book! The audience meets Elmer (the boy who doesn't like to read), Webster (the talking dictionary who defines new words for us), and the Read-A-Saurus Rex (the only dinosaur who did not become extinct because he was so smart from reading!) These engaging characters will hold the attention of the audience as Paleo-Maggie encourages kids to explore and read books from unfamiliar parts of the library! With a firm focus on books (several are featured as part of her show) your audience will have lots of motivation to go all over the library on their quest to dig up a good book!

Learning Points
1. Encourage children to seek out non-fiction books on several science subjects, including archeology and paleontology. Paleo-Maggie leads the audience as they discover that these topics are relevant to Texas itself!
2. Define and differentiate the terms paleontology and archeology.
3. Show the importance of reading to any profession children wish to explore when they grow up.

Photo of Margaret Clauder, ventriloquist, with Elmer, a hand puppet.
Picture of Margaret Clauder, puppeteer, with Elmer, a hand puppet.
Paleo-Maggie with Elmer, a friendly little boy who will help her during the show. Sure he will help her! He may be slow to learn, but at least he's trying! Yes, Elmer is trying, but he makes up for it with moments that leave us laughing! Here Elmer has Paleo-Maggie laughing quite hard!

This show will be offered for the summer 2013 season. Book your date as quickly as you can to insure the time you want is open! Consider booking with neighboring libraries, too, for a per show discount!

Weeks of fun with Mother Goose at the Texas State Fair! (Sept. 24 - Oct. 17)

Photograph of Mother Goose with lots of children gathered around her at the State Fair of Texas.
Photograph of Mother Goose with children holding Mother Goose books at the Texas State Fair.
The stage is filled with some of the 200+ kids who came to the show on October 4. Stop and see the show when you are at the fair!   The children are showing their favorite book. (This photo is completely unstaged, and no child was bribed with candy . . . )

In 2010, Margaret performed the Mother Goose show in the Children's Activity Center. This was part of the Every Child Ready To Read program created by the Dallas Public Library. Margaret promoted literacy with fun rhyming lead by Mother Goose. An assortment of puppet characters add mirthful mischief to the show, which is built on Mother Goose rhymes. With support from Atmos Energy, and the Texas Commission of the Arts, children were introduced into the joy of language, and encouraged to create their own rhymes.

Mother Goose outside the Children's Activity Center tent at the 2010 Texas State Fair.   Mother Goose (a.k.a. Maggie Clauder) in the Children's Activity Center tent at the 2010 Texas State Fair in Dallas.
Mother Goose is welcoming the audience in for the next show! It's a hit with kids and fun for adults!   Poor Goosie has fainted. Will they be able to save the beloved puppet? Come to the show and find out!

Mother Goose outside the Children's Activity Center tent at the 2010 Texas State Fair.
Mother Goose with several children and different editions of her rhymes. Learning can be fun as the smiles on these children demonstrates!

Since 2007 Margaret has attended the Texas Library Association convention to meet with librarians from all over the state of Texas. Come by her booth in the storyteller section this year and see her. She may have a surprise for you for coming by!