Around the World and in Your Library
Learn how to easily incorporate puppetry into your library program with many examples of puppets from around the world
(great for multi-cultural programs) and easy, creative and low-cost
ways to do puppetry (with not a paper bag puppet in
Mount Laurel Library
culture, every library, every person has a story to tell. Let puppets help tell these stories.
Easy Ways at Use Puppets
in your Library
Master of Ceremonies.
Use a single puppet to become the mascot or master of ceremonies for
your library program.
Collaborate with Others.
Puppets make for great multi-disciplinary collaborations. Puppetry can incorporate any or all of these subjects: language,
theater, science, mathematics, art, movement, social studies,
Quick Shadow Shows.
Use die cutting machines (like Ellison/Accu-Cut) to quickly make
lots of silhouettes. Mount using a straw or bamboo barbeque skewer (clip off the point) mounted with masking tape.
Use an overhead projector to show your shadows.
There is a wealth of information on puppetry.
are two of my favorite books, plus some web resources where you can find
Leading kids to books through puppets.
Bauer. Chicago : ALA Editions, c1997. ISBN: 0-8389-0706-7
The best book I've seen about using puppets in libraries. Many
tips from a practitioner about incorporating puppetry
in your library..
Art of the Puppet
Bil Baird. New York : Crown
This is my all time favorite book about puppetry. Although
out-of-print, this title is definitely worth getting for you and
your library. Lush photographs of puppets from around the world with
a text by a master American puppeteer..
Puppetry Home Page
A labor of love between a professional puppeteer (Nick Barone) and a
computer programmer (Rose Sage) who met at a puppet festival, fell
in love, started this online resource, and recently married. This site is
chock full of information and
presented with a very personal flavor. It's the best single site for
kids doing projects about puppetry.
Puppeteer Nick Barone's gives his personal picks on all aspects of puppetry, with links to sources for
detailed bibliographic info and/or purchase at www.puppetbuilder.com/books/index.html.
This service of the Puppeteers of America offers a great selection of both
popular and hard-to-find titles. Especially check the "Education"
Puppeteers of America
The organization to join if you're interested in puppets and
puppetry. Among the many services offered to members are education and
library consultants who can be contacted free-of-charge for
advice/suggestions. Also check links for the puppet guilds affiliated with
PofA to find local people interested/experienced in puppetry.
Center for Puppet Arts in Atlanta
The Center is premiere puppet theater, with a puppetry museum and active outreach
The Union Internationale de la Marionnette is the oldest
international theatre organization in the world, founded in 1929.
The organization's mission is to promote international understanding
and friendship through the art of puppetry. You'll find great links
here for puppet companies around the world.
America (PofA) Festivals http://www.puppeteers.org/festivals
On ODD numbered years (like 2003) PofA sponsors a week-long national
festival during the summer.
On EVEN numbered years (like 2002) PofA Guilds across the country sponsor
shorter (2-4 day) regional festivals. There's a festival at Bryn Mawr
in Pennsylvania on July 11-14, 2002.
Henson International Festival of
Puppet Theater www.hensonfestival.org/
Started by Muppet creator Jim Henson, the Henson Foundation sponsors an
International Festival of puppetry in New York City, which later tours the
US. This is usually given during EVEN numbered years (like 2002).
Sources for Puppets
Ask for them.
You never know what amazing things you'll
Look for them. I've found great buys at
yard sales and thrift stores.
Check out the resources
section above for many books about making all kinds of puppets.
Here are two companies which have inventive, well-made hand
Folkmanis Puppets www.folkmanis.com
High quality animal, people and fantasy puppets often linked
VelcroŽ Puppet Playhouse http://www.rscs.net/~ap3001/PUPPETSforsale.html
Professional puppeteers Andrew and Bonnie Periale, of Perry
Alley Theatre, have designed a number of puppet sets for
VELCROŽ Toys. Three puppet bodies and 40 "velcro-able"
parts (eyes, mouths, hair, costumes) enable you to make dozens of characters.
fairy tale scripts are included. Additional sets of "body
parts" are also available.
About the presenter:
still has the first puppet she was given at age 5. In the years since then she
has performed and taught puppetry to all ages. She is a member of the Puppeteers
of America and the Greater Philadelphia Area Puppet Guild. Kathy
is the Assistant Director of the Mount Laurel
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