• September 17, 2014

Puppets teach children about colors

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Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014 4:30 am

Children and their parents added another chapter to their weekly summer program Wednesday at the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Library.

Entertaining patrons during this week’s installment of Wacky Wednesday were Laura Freeman and Heather Jarry, with Austin-based Hey Lolly Productions.

The duo performed “Iris Saves the Land of Black and White” as part of their puppet show.

“I’ve really been working for half a year to get it all figured out,” Freeman said of the process to write the show.

The show centered around the character Iris, who wants to bring colors to an area where colors are banned.

Jarry operated the marionettes, which Freeman said Jarry made by hand.

Freeman, who portrayed Iris, sang about colors to subtly teach children to identify red, yellow, orange, blue, green and purple.

Attending Wednesday’s show were Harker Heights residents Stephanie Vazquez and her 6-year-old son, A.J. Vazquez Kelley.

A.J. said he liked the color red in the puppet show, but pink is his favorite color.

“I’ve never been to a puppet show, and I was looking for something to do with my son,” Vasquez said.

Amanda Hairston, children’s librarian, said for parents looking for something to do with their children, the summer program will continue at 9:30 and 11 a.m. each Wednesday until Aug. 13.

The Wednesday programs are open to any ages, and children don’t have to be signed up for the summer reading program to attend, Hairston said.

Those interested in signing up for the summer reading program can do so at the library, 400 Indian Trail in Harker Heights.

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