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I love performing in libraries! Nestled in the books, at the core of a community, I tell my listeners; ‘Stories are in the air here! Reach up with your hand and a little imagination. You’ll catch them!’ Serving on the board of the Desmond /Fish Library in Garrison, I understand how quality events draw people to the library.  


Ask to have a program tailored to your theme or interest. I'll create a lively summer reading program. I have more Hudson River lore to tell than anyone.  Scroll down for the story of how my hometown library saved me when I was a teenager.


 About my Performances

Shows are about fifty engaging minutes for children; interactive, with silly stretches, and skits. 

Adults enjoy about one an hour, followed by a Q & A.




$600 October shows 

$1200 Solo Shows with musical accompaniment.

Includes travel within two hours. Additional costs for further distance.

Please tell me your story if you need some flexibility for these rates.  Ask for multiple booking discounts.  

FINGER FABLES (for squiggly squirmers) Leads young children to listen, like stories and look for books.

It takes more than a good book to get young children to listen. They need to get their whole body into it. How do you get young children to sit and listen in your library? Start with a good story. Read with a varied voice. Be sure to show the pictures. This interests little ones, but sometimes they get squiggly. When a master storyteller gets children to they help tell “Finger Fables” enchantment happens. They play a part in the story learning to listen and wanting to read. Finger Fables are tried and true selections from Aesop to Anansi told “by hand” to engage children four to eight years old Two fingers up toform Rabbit ready to race a thumb and fist Turtle. Put your hands by your face to make Lion roaring for help. Pinky and fist makesMouse who heeds the Big Cat’s cry. Finger Fables let children make the story characters. They’ll be guided by a career professional with decades of experience performing at over two hundred libraries, schools, and festivals annually. You can count on me to entertain, enchant and educate. Drawing fables from Aesop to Anansi, and authors like Margaret Wise Brown, and Leo Leoni, this program enchants children from Pre-K to second grade. Animals, Friendship, Bugs, Food, Monsters, Fairies, Flowers, Fun - Please let me know what theme you’d like. I will tailor a “Finger Fable” program for your library.

Story Theater- Grades 1-5

Classic tales from around the world performed with kids in quick costumes and masks.

Faeries & Leprechauns, Giants and Dragons - Grades 2-8

Wildly imaginative adventuresome quests.

Tall Tales & Urban Legends- Grades 6-8

Using with exaggeration and surprise truth stretching stories for the “Tween” set. Pirates! Another Hudson river Ramblers show featuring Jonathan and Rich in pirate garb, performing interactive shanties, and sharing lore of buccaneers& privateers from Captain Kidd to Black Bird. Ask about pirates in the American Revolution.

The Legends of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

A book talk in tales. The factually based of loreof the spirits surrounding the “the ghost of Hessian trooper whose head was carried away bea cannonballduring the Revolutionary War.” Stories and sources gleaned from my book for the History Press, "Legend and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson Valley" Best for teens and adults. Solo Show of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" Jonathan's dramatic retelling of this haunting classic takes you on an unforgettable spine-tingling ride. Musical accompaniment by Jim Keyes. Best for teens to adults.

Solo Show of “A Christmas Carol”

A unique dramatic retelling of Dickens’ “most perfect tale of redemption for the holidays” with over thirty characters all portrayed, plus musical accompaniment by Jim Keyes. Best for teens to adults.


Spooky (but not scary) Stories!- a happy Halloween witch, "The Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything," "Bony Legs" a ridiculous rolly pumpkin head, the haunted hand and other frightfully fun tales for young children.

Hudson River Lore

A performance of traditional stories and songs of the mysterious and historical river, with folksinger Rich Bala.

Allow me to create a unique storytelling program for you.