When you hear the name Don Knotts what do you remember? The first thing I think of is the paranoid hypochondriac character he played on the Andy Griffith show, Barney Fife.
Last week I attended a Library Jamboree in Storm Lake and learned that Don Knotts got his start in comedy when he served in the military. The military recognized his talent for making people laugh and put him in the entertainment corps.
He made people laugh so hard they often had tears in their eyes. He was a ventriloquist and his act was called "Don Knotts and "Danny the Dummy".
The information about Don Knotts was shared by Lisa Laird from Orange City who did a presentation on Puppetry Around the World. She showed examples of shadow puppets, rod puppets, finger puppets, water puppets, etc. from all different parts of the world.
She demonstrated how to make several simple puppets and how to use them when telling stories. Lisa is one of our special programs we have lined up for the Summer Reading Program called "Pockets Full of Fun" on June 23 at the Sanford Museum from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Lisa will use ventriloquism, puppetry, and magic to share adventures from around the world. Don't miss this exciting and entertaining performance.
Just a reminder that the last pre-school story time will be Tuesday, May 24 at 10:30 a.m.
Also, our "One World, Many Stories" summer reading program will start in June this year. The Kick-Off program will be Friday, June 17 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sanford Museum. Kay Neumann from Carroll will present "Birds of Prey." She will be bringing two or three birds of prey for everyone to see up close. Kay helps heal injured birds so they can be released back into their natural habitat.
The birds she will bring cannot be released back into the wild again.
Come SOAR with Kay and her birds this summer. You will receive your reading log for the summer reading program. Be sure to pick up a bookmark and a newsletter at the library for the dates and times for the programs.
Hope to see you then.