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Monday, March 5, 2018


Dave Herzog's Marionettes
We love puppets around here.  Just last month we had Dave Herzog and his marionettes perform at the library for some wonderful Saturday family entertainment.  On Saturday, March 17, we will welcome the Chicagoland Puppetry Guild to the Roselle Public Library to perform for our patrons the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk.  Afterwards, the guild is going to have puppets displayed upstairs in the Youth Services Department for people to enjoy and stop by to ask questions about puppetry.  However, the fun doesn't stop there.  While you are upstairs looking at all the marvelous puppets, you can make your own creation to take home with you.  Think of all the fun you will have creating puppet shows for your friends and family.  Who knows...maybe you will be the next Darci Lynne starring on America's Got Talent.

Puppetry is believed to have been around for more than 3,000 years.  Some believe it originated in China in the form of shadow puppets.  Others believe it began in India. It has been claimed that puppets were used in the theater even before human actors.  Ivory and clay puppets have been discovered in Egyptian tombs.  Some early kinds of puppets were the tribal masks with hinged jaws and jointed skulls used in religious ceremonies.  From the masks, puppets evolved into doll-like figures with movable limbs. 

In the 20th century, puppets became popular for children and family shows.   Puppetry is viewed as an ideal way to present moral messages about childhood concepts such as bullying.  Another use for them has been in play therapy as a safe way for traumatized children to explore their fears.  Sesame Street, the long running public television show, features puppets and actors to teach children academic skills to prepare them for school.  Some of the most iconic puppets have been Howdy Doody, Lamb Chop and Jim Henson's Muppets. 

Howdy Doody, Lamb Chop, and The Muppets

We hope that you will mark your calendars now and join us for the March 17th World Puppetry Day performance by the Chicagoland Puppetry Guild.  It's a fantastic way to spend an afternoon with your family!


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