Library Summer Reading Program to Host Dallas Puppet Theater

We’re in for a special treat with the arrival of the Dallas Puppet Theater! The Dallas Puppet Theater is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting and preserving the ancient form of the performance art of puppetry. The organization maintains the art with an ongoing series of family performances, guest artists, school programs, workshops and outreach programs like the upcoming performance coming to the Bienville Parish Library June 24th and June 25th. Below are the program times for each library:

Thursday, June 24

  • Arcadia at 10:00 a.m.
  • Ringgold at 2:00 p.m.

Friday, June 25

  • Castor at 10:00 a.m.
  • Saline at 2:00 p.m.


Did you know historians can predate some form of puppetry as early as 2000 BC! Puppets or stringed puppets called “Marionettes” were found in Egyptian tombs and were made of clay and ivory. Some puppets were used to display rituals and ceremonies and later stringed and articulated puppets were used as a form of entertainment for the townspeople or villagers. Live performers, scenery, props, musicians and actors were far too expensive to bring to villages and remote towns, so brightly painted wagons with a miniature theatre was set up, bringing operas, morality plays, comedy acts and even religious reenactments during holidays and special religious feasts with Marionettes or hand puppets as the actors and actresses and even animal Marionettes had acting parts!

The Dallas Puppet Theater will have examples of the different kinds of puppets from different cultures around the world. We’ll probably even see shadow puppets used in many East Asian cultures. Be sure to come and experience the ancient and wondrous world of puppetry with the Dallas Puppet Theater!


This is a new Summer Reading Program reward and there are ten brag tags to snag! Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of summer reading programs. This new reading incentive gives your reader extra motivation to read and collect all ten tags. It will impress teachers with how many books/pages they read during their summer vacation!

The 2021 Summer Reading Program is designed to help:

  • Children be motivated to read.
  • Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
  • Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
  • Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.
  • Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.
  • Most of all – HAVE FUN!

Look for the Pull & Post Fridge Flyer in the Bienville Parish Library Event Guide for times and list of performers. You’ll also find all you need to know at

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