DENHAM SPRINGS — Sawyer Jackson, 15 months old, pointed to the puppets May 19 during a show at the Livingston Parish Library’s Denham Springs-Walker branch.
His mother, Carrie Jackson, said she brought her son to the puppet show “just to give him something new and different to do.”
“He’s learning so much right now that I thought I’d expose him to something different,” she said.
More than two dozen youths of all ages showed up for some puppetry, crafts and snacks. Ann Gomez, of the Livingston Parish Library, said the show is always one of the library’s most popular events.
Colleen West, 9, eagerly waited with her brother Shawn West, 6, for the show — “Rumpelstiltskin,” a story about a women who tries to spin straw into gold — to begin.
“I’m excited,” the 9-year-old said.
Amanda Ballard brought her son Erian Wallace, 2, to the puppet show to see something different.
“We come on Mondays for story time,” Ballard said.
Stephanie Heyward and her daughter Toni Rose Heyward, 4, just moved to Livingston Parish from Denver, Colo., and “came out to get library cards,” Stephanie Heyward said.
“We plan on coming (to the library) a lot,” she said.
The show is just one of many activities the library branches throughout Livingston Parish will host to help keep youths occupied during the summer months.
At 10 a.m. each Wednesday in July, Gomez said, the Denham Springs-Walker branch will host professional performers, including Dr. Janie Spaht Gill, an author of more than 60 children’s books; Sherry Broussard, a Louisiana storyteller; Harvey Rabbit and Friends, a variety puppet show; and the Tri Parish Ballet; among others.
And just last week, the library began its annual Summer Reading Program and is still encouraging youths to sign up. Youngsters of all ages will travel the globe this summer as part of “One World, Many Stories,” Livingston Parish Library officials said.
“Children will explore places from Mexico to Antarctica through stories, crafts, music, dance and other activities,” a brochure about the program states.
The Summer Reading Program is open to youths up to 11 years old. A separate program for “tweens” ages 8 to 11 and teens, is also available.
Following the May 19 performance, the youths created paper hats and enjoyed refreshments.
“I liked all of it,” West said following the event, adding that she would definitely recommend library events to her friends.
Information about the Summer Program and a list of summer activities is available at http://www.livingston.lib.la.us. Summer event schedules are also available at any Livingston Parish Library branch.