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A Fantastic End to Mendon’s Summer Reading Program

Children and adults enjoyed The Dragon King put on by the Tanglewood Marionettes as the finale of the Taft Public Library Summer Reading program on August 23. Harry Platcow photo

Youngsters in Mendon culminated their journey 'round the world through the Taft Public Library's One World, Many Stories Summer Reading Program with a fantastic party on Tuesday, August 23. The End of Summer Reading party featured the renowned Tanglewood Marionettes of Ware performing The Dragon King at the Clough cafetorium.

The Dragon King is a fantasy based on traditional Chinese folklore. Tanglewood Marionettes was formed back in 1993 and, apart from the countless puppet performances they have given for libraries and schools across New England, they have performed at First Night-Boston, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Children's Museum of Boston, the Yale Art Gallery, and the Boston Athenaeum.

Taft Children's and Young Adult Librarian, Andrew Jenrich said of Tanglewood Marionettes, "Their work is award-winning and we feel truly fortunate to have them join us."

Following the performance, which kept the audience of adults and children enthralled, everyone had a chance to view the marionettes close up and enjoy ice cream and refreshments generously provided by the Friends of the Taft Public Library. Prize drawings were also held for all those who have successfully completed their reading records.

One World, Many Stories was sponsored by the Taft Public Library, the Friends of the Taft Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


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