Thursday, March 13, 2014

Portage Library invites kids to puppet-making, poetry workshops Mar. 15, 22, 29 and Apr. 12

HOUGHTON -- Calling all junketeers! Children in grades 1-6 are invited to use recyclable materials and just plain ol’ junk to build cool puppets and have fun writing poems about them at the Portage Lake District Library.

Puppet-making workshops will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, March 15, 22 and 29. Plenty of recyclable supplies and all manner of tape, glue, staplers, string, and dowels will be on hand for the construction. Children are also encouraged to bring their own clean junk with them to the workshops.

On Saturday, March 22, Michigan Tech graduate student Jennifer Pelto will introduce the poetry unit while kids continue to work on their puppets. She will read poems that will get the gears turning as kids begin to interact with and think about their own puppets. Kids will have time to write poems that describe the characters they are creating.

On Saturday, March 29, Michigan Tech student Melissa Michaelson will discuss the impact that throwing things away has on the environment. She will show slides of a display of 600 plastic water bottles she created to illustrate how many bottles of water people consume in less that one-half second. Children will also have time to finish their puppets and poems.

On Saturday, April 12, kids who participated in this workshop will perform at noon in a puppet show and poetry reading at the Copper Country Mall for the annual Kiwanis Family Fun Day event. There will be a cast party afterwards at the library, and puppets and poems will be on display in the library during April for National Poetry Month.

This event is offered by the Copper Country Reading Council in partnership with Michigan River of Words and the Portage Lake District Library.

Library programs are free, and everyone is invited. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 and ask for Chris.

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