|Miss Mary Puppet and her special quilt|
Us: Hi, Miss Mary! Let’s cut to the chase. What’s your story?
Miss Mary: (waving) Hi back! Right now my main thing is helping Jan do the Fabulous Fours & Fives program in the Great Beginnings Series.
Us: That’s the Early Literacy series of programs, isn’t it? Tell us about it.
Miss Mary: Sure, there are different program series for babies, one-year-olds, 2 & 3-year olds, and 4 & 5-year-olds. Babies are a lot different than five-year-olds, so the programs are different too. The Children’s Room people are always learning more about the best ways to do those programs. You could probably ask them if you want to know more about it. I know it’s educational but it just seems fun to me. That’s the idea, I guess.
Us: Interesting! How do you help?
Miss Mary: I always start the program by waving or saying hello, it’s a great welcome for the kids who are new. I love it when they wave or say hi back! We all have a little chat about the stories or something about the program. Sometimes I even lead the first song.
Us: Sounds fun. Do you listen to the stories too?
Miss Mary: Oh, sure. After my part I sit on my special quilt and enjoy the rest of the program. I love it all, especially the stories… and the Dance Along Gong Song at the end. It’s always fun to say hello to new friends.
Us: Why do you call your quilt special?
Miss Mary: Jan’s daughter made it for me a long, long time ago. It is yellow with buttons sewn on it.
Us: Have you known Jan a long time? You seem to work well together.
Miss Mary: I’ve known her since… practically forever. I guess I have been helping her for 20 years or more, pretty long. Before that I was a stuffed animal. That was a great job too. Jan bought me at a garage sale, washed me, and took out the stuffing. Then I could finally get a job where I move my hands!
Us: Wait, so you have been here for 20 years?
Miss Mary: Or more, yes. It sounds like a long time but Jan has been here doing programs for 26 years – and this isn’t even her first library! Sometimes she schedules a vacation for me and sends in another puppet, Zelda or Luna Bella, they like to get a chance too.
Us: It sounds like you have a great career at the library.
Miss Mary: I sure do. Being a favorite teddy bear and then becoming a puppet… who could ask for anything more?
Us: Thanks for telling us about your job, Miss Mary.
Miss Mary: Before we are done, can I add a *special hello* to my 4 & 5-year-old friends, and to my older friends who used to come to the programs?
Us: Of course.
Miss Mary Puppet: (waves) Hello!
Are you familiar with Miss Mary Puppet? Have you ever been to a program with her or with Jan? Comment below and let us know; we’re sure they would both love to hear of it!