Puppet Power!

Puppet Power!

Blog post by Ellen
Friday, March 17, 2017

Puppetry in America is older than the country itself, but until the beginning of the 20th century, puppet shows were rare. Puppeteers kept their art a closely guarded secret, certainly not shared with the public. In the first half of the 20th century, some puppeteers (most notably Tony Sarg) helped to lift the veil of secrecy, sharing information about their work, which led to the formation of the Puppeteers of America in 1937.

In an effort to strengthen recognition of puppetry as a global art form and to align activities with UNIMA-USA, Puppeteers of America has officially merged the National Day of Puppetry with the World Day of Puppetry, each March 21.

Today, more than three quarters of a century onward, puppets hold a place in the public’s heart that is rivaled by few other arts. They appear on stage, in movies, on television, and now, online. Austin Public Library has an extensive collection of books and media on puppetry. I would like to recommend two of my favorites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 will be the fourth year Austin Public Library has acknowledged World Day of Puppetry. There will be displays, programs, and take and make templates related to puppetry at the branches listed below. Literature Live is currently performing Little Peep through April 15. Also, be sure to check out our Printable Puppets page with patterns you can download on your computer.

See you at the theatre!

Carver Branch – March 20 – March 24
Take and Make a puppet friend to assemble at home.

Cepeda Branch – March 20 – March 24
Take and Make a puppet friend to assemble at home.

Manchaca Branch – March 20 – March 24
Take and Make a puppet friend to assemble at home.

Recycled Reads Bookstore – March 23 – March 24
Take and Make a puppet friend to assemble at home.

Ruiz Branch – March 20 – March 24
Take and Make a puppet friend to assemble at home.

Southeast Branch – March 20 & 21, 3:30-5
Crafternoon with Puppets

Twin Oaks Branch - March 28, 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Book Circle - Settle in for a story or two and some hands-on activities. Ages 5 and up.

University Hills Branch – March 20 – March 24
Take and Make a puppet friend to assemble at home.

Yarborough Branch – March 20 – March 24
Take and Make a puppet friend to assemble at home.