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Large crowd gathers for ‘Puppetpalooza’
Todd Murphy sits with his infant son, Jonathan, Wednesday at Sharon Forks Library watching puppets sing and dance during Puppetpalooza. - photo by Frank Reddy

Puppetpalooza — a well-attended gathering at the newly renovated and upgraded Sharon Forks Library last week — was among the many events held recently as part of the Forsyth County Public Library’s spring break programs.

Youth Services Supervisor Cleo Joyce estimated the event Wednesday morning brought at least 100-150 people out to attend. Puppetpalooza is precisely what it sounds like: an event celebrating puppets with musical accompaniment.

Joyce said the library hosts a similar event every spring and during fall breaks as well as the summer.

“It’s puppet shows, singing and dancing,” Joyce said. “It’s one of our most popular offerings here at the library, and so far today we’ve had a great turnout.”

She added that it was the first series of spring break programs for the newly renovated library, “so we’ve been thrilled to see all the returning patrons and their families. Lots of new faces, lots of old faces.”

Forsyth County resident Todd Murphy came with his infant son, Jonathan, to watch some of the puppet shows.

“It’s lots of fun,” Murphy said. “The kids love it. We went to other libraries when they were doing the renovations here, but we really like the quality of this library and the recent improvements they’ve done. We live (nearby), so we’ve seen the whole renovation from start to finish.”

Jessica Cummings, also a nearby resident, brought her 2-year-old daughter, Laura.

“She’s loving it. I’m loving it,” Cummings said. “One of the things I love most about living here [in Forsyth County] is programs like this.”