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Build a Giant Puppet at CALS Children’s Library Friday and Saturday

Puppets may seem silly, but it takes skill to bring them to life — especially giant puppets. Learn how to build a large-scale puppet in a two-day workshop at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Children’s Library and Learning Center, 4800 W. 10th St., on Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Participants will build puppets spanning up to 40 feet which require 3-20 people to operate and can be used in parades and theatre. Workshop attendees will learn how to make puppets with materials such as PVC pipe, wire, paper mache, fabric, clay, cardboard, recycled materials, and more. A variety of puppets will be constructed, involving moveable parts, wings, and long, undulating bodies.

The workshop will be conducted by Jo Ann Kaminsky, an Arkansas native who is a licensed professional counselor, board-certified art therapist, and registered play therapist.

The workshop is free, open to the public, and limited to 30 participants ages eight and up. Attendees are expected to participate in both days of the workshop. Registration is required; to register, call 918-3879.

The Children’s Library and Learning Center is one of fourteen Central Arkansas Library branches serving Pulaski and Perry counties. For more information, call 918-3086 or visit

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