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WEDNESDAY–Free Puppet Show Kicks Off Summer Reading at Putney Library

On Wednesday, June 26th at 11am, the Putney Public Library will kick off the youth Summer Reading Program with an amazing puppet and music show for all ages by Modern Times Theater! “The Perils of Mr. Punch” follows the troubles and travails of puppetry’s favorite loudmouths, Punch and Judy. In the latest episode, Mr. Punch attempts to be the first puppet to go to space. Of course nothing ever goes right—his wife Judy is more than happy to see him go, his rocket ship is made of cardboard, and crocodiles appear around every corner. The skillfully operated hand puppets are chock full of surprises and tricks, as is the elaborate stage. The show is rounded out with live music played on a variety of instruments, from the ukulele to the bicycle pump. It’s a low-tech old-time spectacle, entertaining to people of all ages: from one to one hundred.
Modern Times Theater has been adapting and updating Punch and Judy shows for over a decade. Co-founders Rose Friedman and Justin Lander are a husband and wife duo, producers of the award winning Vermont Vaudeville and alumni of the Bread and Puppet Theater. Parents themselves, they strive to present quality entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.
Kids can also sign up for Putney Library’s Summer Reading Program, a self-paced non-competitive reading program that will keep your family reading through the summer! 2019’s Summer Reading theme is A Universe of Stories. This summer, we’ll be busy reading our way around the galaxy with free programs for kids and their families. Join us Wednesdays and Fridays starting July 3rd for special story times and fun activities! Come help us construct a giant cardboard rocket, make astronaut-style pudding for consumption in zero gravity, learn what gravity is and how we overcome it, and build a special vessel to protect astronauts (eggs) on their re-entry into the Earth’s gravitational pull! See the full schedule at: or pick up a schedule at the Putney Library. All of the programs are completely free and open to all kids and their adults.
Come join us, enjoy a great show, have some snacks, and sign up for a program that will keep your children engaged in literacy activities for the summer!
Putney Public Library is located at 55 Main St. in Putney, VT. All of our events are free and open to the public.