As part of its summer reading program, the North Logan City Library presented an entertaining and educational space-themed puppet show by the Rocky Mountain Puppets.

“It was really nice to have a professional come in to be able to entertain the kids and do a big show event,” North Logan Library Event Coordinator Jameson Smith said. “This year we received more than twice than what we expected for people.”

During its second year performing at the library and with about 200 in attendance, the puppet show brought in an audience twice as big as expected by the library staff, according to Smith — but the library staff always takes into account safety.

“We just want to make sure that fire code is met,” Smith said. “We’re not overfilling it and everything, just making sure it’s not too jam-packed in there.”

Rocky Mountain Puppets Ventriloquist Meghan Casey is an award-winning professional ventriloquist with many years of experience, including 7 years presenting programs at libraries for summer reading programs.

Casey discovered ventriloquism at the age of 5 and has been working to perfect her art since then. She said she hopes to teach children while entertaining them with puppets.

“That’s always a mission of mine,” Casey said. “My goal is to one day have a program that teaches kids about health, safety, fitness and nutrition using puppets.”

Casey brought her star puppet, Aiden, a green and blue dinosaur, and other characters to help a blue Martian that crash-landed at the library fix his ship while teaching the audience about space during her program titled “Space-A-Cade.”

Smith said the public has responded very well to Casey and her puppets because of her fun programs as well as her talent to portray multiple characters.

“She’s very entertaining, with the ability to pull different voices and do different characters with puppets,” Smith said.

The library presented Casey’s program as part of its annual Summer Reading Program, which runs from June to July and brings different educational programs to the library weekly, including a musician, a magician and the puppet show.

“The people we work with are very, very talented professionals,” Smith said.

For more Summer Reading Program events, visit the North Logan City Library website at northloganlibrary.org.

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