Friday, January 15, 2010

Meet Ray

In 2010, the summer reading theme in public libraries around the country is Make a Splash: Read! for younger kids, Make Waves at Your Library for young adults and Water Your Mind: Read for adults, with help from the Collaborative Summer Library Program.

As librarians begin contact me about performances for summer, I'm preparing. I'm offering a program called "Didja ever see a fishy?" which will be a mix of stories, songs and puppet hilarity for all ages. I expect we'll have a big fun time.

When found this eagle ray puppet, I was compelled to buy it. His name? Ray, of course. I'm still working on his voice and character. So far he's a bit of a wise guy.

Kids often ask how many puppets I have. I don't know, but I'd guess around 75, including those I let kids use. Some come out for a summer and then retreat to the puppet closet (yes, they have their own closet), some stay in the puppet bag forever, some make guest appearances from time to time.

Stay tuned for more news from Ray. I wonder if his last name is Dio. It's possible I'll get to tell stories in Raymore or Raytown, Missouri. I should get some mileage out of that.


Anonymous said...

Ray is beautiful! And he's not related to Tim Gunn? Does he have a cousin named Blue? He looks radiant.....

ssstoryteller said...

Ray is beautiful...
what abeautiful guy in yr sure
all the best

PriscillaHowe said...

Lots of games to play with this name: Ray Gunn and Blue Ray, as you suggest, as well as Who Ray, Do Ray, L. Ray (Spanish, of course).

Other suggestions?

Les said...

Ray Sing Cane?

He's beautiful! i'd love to meet him. What does Trixie think of him?