Bret Wilson

Puppet Truck Coordinator, Nashville Public Library

I’ve been working with the library and its Bringing Books to Life program for eight years and have watched it evolve. Over the years, I’ve seen how organizations out in the community benefit from having a relationship with the library and its services.

With the help of the Puppet Truck, we are able to bring the joys of the library to places that can’t afford to visit or have never experienced a puppet show – and it’s not just limited to children. The purchase of the second Puppet Truck has enabled us to explore more options, and we now present shows at hospitals, festivals, assisted-living facilities, day cares, elementary schools and middle schools. It’s a learning experience on the art of storytelling – and anyone who enjoys a good story will love this program.

With the help of the Puppet Truck, we are able to bring the joys of the library to places that can’t afford to visit or have never experienced a puppet show – and it’s not just limited to children.

Bringing Books to Life is invaluable, and the diversity of its model allows kids to better absorb ideas. The Puppet Truck helps children understand how stories are told, and from there they are able to address themes, make conclusions and take what they’ve learned beyond the classroom. The Puppet Truck and Bringing Books to Life programs allow us to plant something worthwhile and positive in the lives of children and in the community.