- PLAYFUL ENGINEERS: RUBE GOLDBERG MACHINE WORKSHOP
Artist/Educator Jay Mankita guides and inspires kids to construct delightfully complicated contraptions that accomplish simple tasks. Jay supplies dominos, popsicle sticks, magnets, rubber bands, string, balls, marbles, etc…, set up includes Jay’s basic table and floor-based templates as well as some pre-constructed machines for kids to study and play with, with plenty of opportunities for making, and learning from, their own mistakes. Goofy fun, and real engineering, with a bit of Rube Goldberg history thrown into the mix.
Hey Librarians! We are still booking dates for Summer 2017! These programs are a perfect fit for Build A Better World, but Jay is always available for any theme, or no theme at all – summer, vacation weeks, or any time throughout the year!
Call or write now, to reserve a date for one of Jay’s dynamic concerts, a hands-on engineering workshop, or one of each!
Here’s a mashup of a recent “Build A Better Rube Goldberg Machine” workshop…every table has a bin of “stuff” to work with. Kids learn about basic forces and motion physics by working on easy, experiential and sometimes hilarious simple tasks!click to email Jay, or call or text to 413-627-3145
Time-lapse video from one of Jay’s Rube Goldberg Machine workshops!
- PLAYFUL EARTH CONCERT
Designed and constructed from Jay’s most popular songs and stories. Folks are working every day to move this world ever closer to peace, kindness, and a more caring awareness of ourselves, each other, and our natural world. Topics include baseball, dolphins, aliens, rainforests, and dinosaurs, plus time travel, camels, caribou, soap, dreams, and of course, books and libraries! Very playful, with plenty of singing and dancing along!
- HOME SWEET HOME CONCERT
Build a more sustainable world with Jay’s fun, interactive songs on reducing, reusing, recycling, and renewing, plus composting, anti-littering, and groundwater awareness. Serious topics are addressed, with the whole experience framed in fun! Kids remember the lessons through the musical hooks and humor. An exciting mix of material featuring Jay’s guitar and keyboard, After 2,000 performances throughout the Northeast, Jay is ready to rock, enrich, and inspire with his eco-friendly show!
Or choose from any of Jay’s other year-round library programs…
Nutrition & Health
- EAT LIKE A RAINBOW
Build a better world, one body at a time! Songs promote fruits, veggies, farms, gardens, exercise, activity, and other healthy choices. Based on Jay’s Parents’ Choice Award-Winning CD.
- THE DAY THE LIBRARY WENT WILD
Also known as “The Day The School Went Wild, or “Wild Songs & Natural Stories”, this concert changes names faster than a cheetah can change spots…is that even possible?
- TRACY AT THE BAT
Songs and stories of caring, courage, compassion, and character. One small person can make a big difference, and connection beats competition every time!
- PRE-SCHOOL CONCERT
Preschoolers love to sing, dance, jump, and spin, while learning the songs in one of Jay Mankita’s Playful Earth pre-school concerts.
- HALLOWEEN CONCERT
Everyone feels scared sometimes. Scary things become less scary when we share them. Most of these songs are funny, and are about scary things, rather than being scary themselves.
- HOLIDAY CONCERT
This seasonal non-religious, participatory concert features a combination of songs and stories, with themes of kindness, generosity, sharing, peace, and living simply.