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Prehistoric show stops in Sunderland

  • Bob Lisaius, the creator of the Dinoman! Science Series educational performance, performs at the Sunderland public library for a room filled with children and their parents, Wednesday, June 29. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt

  • Parents photograph their children with Bob Lisaius' giant inflatable dinosaurs following one of his Dinoman! Science Series educational performance at the Sunderland public library Wednesday, June 29. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt

  • Bob Lisaius, the creator of the Dinoman! Science Series educational performance, performs at the Sunderland public library with one of his giant inflatable dinosaurs, for a room filled with children and their parents, Wednesday. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Bob Lisaius, the creator of the Dinoman! Science Series educational performance, performs at the Sunderland public library for a room filled with children and their parents, Wednesday, June 29. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt

  • Children react as one of Bob Lisaius' giant inflatable dinosaurs inflates at the Sunderland public library during Lisaius' Dinoman! Science Series educational performance Wednesday, June 29. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt

  • Children react as one of Bob Lisaius' giant inflatable dinosaurs inflates at the Sunderland public library during Lisaius' Dinoman! Science Series educational performance Wednesday, June 29. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt



For the Bulletin
Thursday, July 07, 2016

SUNDERLAND — The halls of the town library echoed with prehistoric roars and the sound of colossal battles raged between warring dinosaurs of distant past one night last week , during an educational show by “Dinoman.”

The prehistoric monsters came to town in the form of full-sized blow-up dinosaurs — a triceratops and a stegosaurus — and captured the imaginations of more than 50 wide-eyed children.

“It’s all science-based,” said Bob Lisaius, the performer behind the Dinoman show. “There’s no better way to introduce kids into the world of science.”

Lisaius has been traveling the country performing at schools and libraries as the character Dinoman for almost 30 years. In the past week he had traveled to Pennsylvania and New Jersey to put on shows.

His obsession with dinosaurs began when he was young. One day, he said, he was biking through his hometown in New Jersey when he discovered dinosaur tracks.

“Ever since, I’ve been hooked on the dinosaur thing,” he said.

Lisaius said he wants to pass that love on to the next generation.

During the June 29 show, Lisaius relates stories about fossils, explains how scientists know how old the Earth is, and dramatizes what life was like in the Mesozoic Era.

Lisaius said he brings out a few blow-up dinosaurs later in the show.

The show is geared toward children, but Lisaius said it’s funny enough for adults to enjoy, too. It was sponsored by a grant from the town cultural council, and held in the library’s community room.

“It’s very zany,” he said. “Adults enjoy it as much as 7-year-olds.”

“This is part of our summer reading program ‘On your mark, get set, read!’” said Katherine Hand, library director. “We try to do a lot of fun programs that are also educational, to bring kids into the library and show them that this is a fun place.”