Happy Halloween, everyone! There is a lot going on this weekend–some great parties and concerts for grown-ups and fun events for families. Check out Citypages Halloween for a pretty complete listing of what’s happening yet today and tomorrow.
As for us, we went to the library. I hate to be predictable, but the Walker Branch of the Hennepin County Library held a shadow puppet program for kids yesterday during which we got to see lots of interesting puppets in the collection of local educator Shelley Itman. The show, Hansel and Gretel, was pretty creepy without scaring the kids, and Ladybug was excited to make her own shadow puppet afterwards.
The library is also offering adults an opportunity to learn about shadow puppets in a “Library Lab” class about animation in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota. Next Saturday, November 5th. Register here.
I have long been fascinated with cut-paper illustrations in picture books. Nikki McClure is a particular favorite illustrator of mine. Her work in Mama, Is It Summer Yet? is lovely. I blogged about reading it last spring.
But a recent TED Talk took me beyond the world of picture books to a place where cut-paper becomes art & storytelling in many different contexts–from the cape the artist wears as she walks on stage to permanent installations around the world. This is well worth watching for those interested in what you can do with scissors and paper.