Summer programs offer puppets, dance, crafts | Get Out

As the school years ends, learning continues to inspire minds as the Joyner-Green Valley Library offers 14 motivating summer programs. Programs are family friendly for all ages unless specific ages are noted; seven are sponsored by Friends of the Green Valley Library.

Code Club: Every Tuesday at 4 p.m. and continuing throughout the year, this self-paced program involves exercising the mind and is for ages 8 to adult who would like to learn to code. A coach provides guidance as Coders progress from graphical coding to text-based coding. Bring a laptop, or library laptops are available on a first-come basis.

Sign & Storytime: Wednesday, May 24, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Presented by Libby Quinn of Sign with Baby Tucson, this session is for parents and caregivers of hearing infants ages 6 months to 2 years. Learn to use sign-language vocabulary to increase communication and a better bond. Includes a puppet show and how to read to a young child incorporating visual language to support learning.

Gingerbread Man Puppet Show: Friday, May 26, 10:30 a.m. Puppets Amongus presents Coyote and Chef Pompidou in a retelling of a southwestern tale.

Ronald McDonald: Friday, June 2, 10:30 a.m. Who knew Ronald McDonald is a magician? Come see what tricks he has in store.

Hawaiian Hula Dance: Wednesday, June 7, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. For kids, teens and adults who would like to learn the gentle, lilting movements of Hawaiian hula dancing. Join Holly Heyman for gentle dance exercises for all levels of fitness.

Memory Wire Bracelets, Earrings and Necklace: Friday, June 9, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Under the guidance of instructor Vivian Enos, teens and adults will learn how to use memory wire and beads to create a single strand bracelet, necklace and earrings. Online registration required. Online registration required at

Three Wishes Puppet Show: Wednesday, June 14, at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. How do Ralph and Ruby decide how to spend a wish? Watch as Gwen Ray of Hanuman Puppet Theatre offers a delightful puppet show with a surprise twist about the environment.

Eggcelent Farm Animals: Friday, June 23, at 10:30 a.m. The Tucson Petting Zoo comes to the library to give kids a chance to pet a pig, turkey, bunny and chicken while also learning about these farm animals.

The Silken Road Puppet Show: Wednesday, June 28, at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Take a trip with Puppets Amongus to the land of legends and learn how silk was discovered when a cocoon fell into a Chinese Empress’ cup of tea.

Brunhilda Meets the Desert Puppet Show: Wednesday, July 5, at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Here’s a bilingual story about animals in the desert and the environmental lessons Brunhilda learns.

Tales from the Desert: Friday, July 7, at 1 p.m. Listen to Peter Biedermann’s music of unique tunings on a variety of six of 12-piece string guitars.

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