Modern Times Theater comes to Putney Library for summer reading kick-off party

PUTNEY — On Thursday, June 28, at 11 a.m., the Putney Public Library, 55 Main St., will kick off the youth Summer Reading Program with a puppet and music show for all ages by Modern Times Theater.

Modern Times Theater founders Rose Friedman and Justin Lander create handmade wooden and papier-mâché puppets for a modern Vermont update of the age-old Punch and Judy puppet shows, which follow the troubles and travails of puppetry's favorite loudmouth, Mr. Punch.

The program features live music, sing-a-longs, classic jokes and gags, and audience participation. Live acoustic music is performed on a variety of instruments - from the ukulele to the bicycle pump - with watermelon on the back patio after the show.

Kids can also sign up for Putney Library's Summer Reading Program, a self-paced noncompetitive reading program that will keep families reading through the summer. This year's theme is “Libraries Rock!”

This summer, the library will be busy reading and making music with free programs for kids and their families. Join them every Wednesday and Friday, starting July 6, for special story times, guests, and fun activities.

Come help construct a giant stringed instrument, work on your own drum and kazoo, learn what tuning forks can teach us about sound, and hang out with special musical guests for awesome sing-alongs. See the full schedule at or pick up a schedule at the Putney Library. All programs are completely free and open to everyone.

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