Puppetry is a fascinating art that is both ancient and modern. For thousands of years, mankind has constructed and manipulated objects in order to tell stories, share information, teach values, and make fun of many human foibles. Many think of puppets as play toys meant to entertain children. Yet more and more people are discovering that the wide world of puppetry offers sources of inspiration and delight at any age. Believe it or not, there are even puppet shows and musicals for mature audiences only (like Avenue Q!)
Iowa City Public Library has long offered puppetry programs and crafts for children. But it also offers stories, how-to guides, and movies featuring puppets. Some are in the Children’s Room while others are located in adult collections. Besides these, the Library has eighty hand puppets that can be checked out plus an in-house puppet theatre where children can make up their own shows. Ninety story time kits are also available, many of which include thematic puppets.
Recent puppet additions to the Library’s collection include the following titles. Check one out today and get ready to pull some strings!
Frogs Are Funny! The Most Sensational, Inspirational, Celebrational, Muppetational Muppet Jokes by Brandon Snider. (2011) A bright and fun children’s collection of some of the best jokes, one-liners, and comedy bits ever spouted by all the favorite TV characters. Features full color photos.
Pinocchio by Carlo Collidi. (2010) This beloved classic tells the story of a wooden puppet full of tricks and mischief, with a talent for getting into and out of trouble, who wants more than anything else to become a real boy. Illustrated by Quentin Greban.
You Will Call Me Drog by Sue Cowling. (2011) Parker must find a way to remove a sinister puppet that refuses to leave his hand, or he will wind up in military school or worse. But first he must stand up to his best friend, mother, and absentee father.
Jim Henson: the Guy Who Played With Puppets by Kathleen Krull. (2011) A new children’s biography about the renowned creator of the wildly popular Muppet characters from television, movies, and more.
Puppet Play: 20 Puppet Projects Made With Recycled Mittens, Towels, Socks, and More by Diana Schoenbrun. (2011) Includes green suggestions for 20 puppet projects made with recycled materials.