THERE’S lots of interesting and fun activities at the Tea Gardens Library to keep the children occupied during the July School Holidays.
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A puppet making workshop combines history and creativity for children aged five and up.
“We’ll supply all the materials including the sock for the children to decorate,” Librarian Chris Shelly said.
“If they want to decorate more than one we suggest they bring a second one in.”
“We’ve decided the children can have free rein in regards to what they put on their puppet.”
“And we’re hoping at the end that we’ll be able to put a bit of production around the puppets with singing and performing.”
The art of puppetry dates back some 3 thousand years.
“It’s an ancient form of storytelling form, so it fits quite nicely with the Library.”
Chris added, “A lot of children will identify with puppets such as the Muppets, but it actually goes back thousands of years and many countries such as Japan and Indonesia have added their own culture to it.
“The Indonesians have shadow puppetry and we’d like to just make it fun for the children but give them a bit of history at the same time.”
“It’s a great way to communicate social messages such as sharing, good manners, how to make nice friends or how to help someone who may be being bullied.”
The puppet workshop is being held on Wednesday 18 July at 2.30 pm.
It’s free but bookings are essential.
As well over the school holidays, every day the Library is open children are welcome to come and enjoy puzzles and board games together or colour in a masterpiece.
“We need parents and grandparents to stay but don’t forget you can eat and drink in the library, so it’s a fun place to be.”
Tea Gardens Library is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning.
For activities that require bookings visit www.midcoastlibraries.com.au
By Margie TIERNEY