Library Programs

A UNIVERSE OF STORIES opens when Mark Binder’s in the house… 

Mark’s storytelling is fun, funny, and exciting for groups of all sizes, ages and abilities. His mission is to connect children and parents by transmitting joy with story.

Program Length: 45 minutes (approx) • Ages: Any and all (K-8) • Group Size: 30-300

A professional storyteller and the award-winning author of more than 20 books and audios for children, families and adults, Mark Binder’s work ranges from The Bed Time Story Book to Cinderella Spinderella to  The Zombie Cat.

“I loved hearing your stories and especially enjoyed how the kids responded. You have a knack for knowing your audience and gauging what they’d like to hear. They were also very happy to know they could purchase your book, so what a success that was! Again, we sure appreciated your visit.”
—Wilbraham Public Library

Other Programs include

Transmit Joy – A Family Programs for all ages

Mark will keep your patrons (and their parents) listening and engaged. No matter what age group you’re targeting, Mark will compile a set of stories, whether they’re bed time classics, updated tall tales, or original spooky comedy stories, listeners from ages PK-Elementary-Middle-Adult will smile.

Reading and Telling Stories with ChildreKids_29Cn:  an inspiring how-to program for parents and caregivers …

Sometimes parents and relatives need a nudge or a bit of support to connect their children with books, reading and stories. This engaging workshop/performance with question-and-answer will get families sharing!
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MORE Programs – Halloween, Holiday, Hanukkah, Silly Stories for Spring and Winter Breaks!

• Cinderella Spinderella – A Book for Diversity
Based on Mark’s illustrated book, this program connects listeners of all backgrounds and abilities.

• Silly Stories for a Chilly Day (or a Spring Day… or a Summer Day!)
No matter what the season or the weather, everyone will enjoy these stories and songs for the younger crowd. Traditional tales (like Three Pigs or Goldilocks) and fun originals (“The Little Wolf Cub” and “The 25¢ Pickle”). Perfect for all ages, but especially the youngest…

Adventures with Giants, Bats, Caves and Giant Slugs
Gross, Disgusting and Slimy Tales
Spooky Comedy
Kids love stories that are oversized and… ecky. This 45 minute program includes an assortment of traditional and original big and tall tales, with the occasional song. Perfect for listeners ages 3-8, 9-12, and their parents. Stories may include, The Brave Little Tailor, The Short Tale of Erika P. Spunk and It Ate My Sister.

It was a dark and stormy night...
Some of these stories are funny and some are scary. Sometimes both. Good for Halloween or any time you want to JUMP!

It Ate My Sister (and other Family Stories)
My family was weird. Yours is too. These are the kinds of stories that will bring a smile to your face, and that kids (of all ages) will appreciate.

Stories for Peace
When does a conflict begin? What are the consequences of violence? Can problems be solved peacefully? Combines storytelling with martial arts examples. Entertaining and discussion-provoking
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A Holiday Present!
Funny (and heartwarming) stories about Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Diwali, Solstice, and the New Year.

Omakase–Multicultural Tales – One World, Many Stories
Omakase is what the sushi chef serves you when you say, “give me what you think I’d like.”
Original and Traditional stories from around the world. Silly and fun.

Tall Tales, Whoppers and Lies

I’m not even going to pretend to tell the truth here. These stories are so far-fetched that they make politicians seem like saints. From Paul Bunyan and Erika P. Spunk to “The Tale of Bad Breath Bill

Eureka! Science 

Stories range from “How Og Invented Gravity” to Archimedes to other original and traditional stories with a scientific nugget. This program was initially developed with a grant from the US Department of Education. Learn more…