Modern Times Theater helps kick off summer reading

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PUTNEY — On Wednesday, June 26, at 11 a.m., the Putney Public Library will kick off the youth Summer Reading Program with a puppet and music show for all ages by Modern Times Theater. "The Perils of Mr. Punch" follows the troubles and travails of puppetry's favorite loudmouths, Punch and Judy. In the latest episode, Mr. Punch attempts to be the first puppet to go to space. Of course nothing ever goes right — his wife Judy is more than happy to see him go, his rocket ship is made of cardboard, and crocodiles appear around every corner. The skillfully operated hand puppets are chock full of surprises and tricks, as is the elaborate stage. The show is rounded out with live music played on a variety of instruments, from the ukulele to the bicycle pump.

Modern Times Theater has been adapting and updating Punch and Judy shows for over a decade. Co-founders Rose Friedman and Justin Lander are a husband and wife duo, producers of the award winning Vermont Vaudeville and alumni of the Bread and Puppet Theater.

Kids can also sign up for Putney Library's Summer Reading Program, a self-paced non-competitive reading program designed to keep families reading through the summer. This year's theme is A Universe of Stories. This summer, participants will be busy reading their way around the galaxy with free programs for kids and their families. Join in on Wednesdays and Fridays starting July 3 for special story times and fun activities. Help construct a giant cardboard rocket, make astronaut-style pudding for consumption in zero gravity, learn what gravity is and how we overcome it, and build a special vessel to protect astronauts (eggs) on their re-entry into the Earth's gravitational pull.

See the full schedule at: putneylibrary.org or pick up a schedule at the Putney Library. All of the programs are free and open to all kids and their adults. Putney Public Library is located at 55 Main St.

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