The room full of energetic youngsters grew quiet when the puppets made their appearance from behind a black stage during the special Spring Break Story Time at the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library on Wednesday.

At least 50 children and caretakers packed the children’s room for songs, book reading and the puppet show.

“We normally have a full house for our story times but it’s spring break so even more people can come enjoy the experience,” said Amanda Hairston, children’s librarian. The puppet show is a spring break tradition, she said.

“It’s because a lot of older kids are out of school and puppet shows are pretty universally enjoyable for all ages,” Hairston said. “All our programs focus on early literacy through songs, stories and rhymes.”

It was clear the puppeteers — library director Lisa Youngblood, Youngblood’s daughter and library clerk Tyran McCall — had practiced the show as their puppets danced in unison to the music.

The characters included people, a kangaroo, a snake and a frog.

Although fun with a capital F was the focus of the event, it came with a side of science.

“The ‘Chimichanga Song’ teaches kids about the different things animals and humans eat, from being herbivores, carnivores and omnivores,” Hairston said.

One 3-year-old was there to see her first puppet show.

“I know my daughter will have fun,” said Daysi Retana of Fort Hood. “I hope she learns from the program but I know she’ll find it neat.”

Most of all, it was special mom and daughter time.

“It’s a good bonding time for us, especially because she’s a daddy’s girl,” Retana said with a smile.

Cristi Barber of Killeen brought her 4-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son to the performance. Barber has been to plenty of story times with her children.

“My daughter is involved and interactive, and I enjoy seeing that,” Barber said. “Every week there is something different so they learn new things.”

The puppet show brought people from as far away as Hutto.

“My granddaughters are on Spring Break, so I asked my friend what I could do with them that would be fun and she said story time at the library,” said Gloria Fleming. “I know they’ll have a ball.”

To learn more about programs at the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library, call 254-953-5491 or visit the city website for a link to a calendar of events.

The library is located at 400 Indian Trail, Harker Heights.

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