Children laughed and clapped as the Stone Lion Puppet Theatre troupe from Kansas City put on a show during Wednesday's Family Time Fun at the Newton Public Library.

 

Librarian Amy Bayes said there were more than 200 children and adults attending the free program. This was the first time that the Stone Lion Puppet Theatre troupe has performed in Newton.

 

"We didn't know what to expect, but they held the kids' attention," Bayes said.

 

“I’d Rather be a Hummingbird” was the story told by a beaver, bear and other puppets. Based on the folktale "The Tree Lady of Kenya" by Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, the beaver learns to be brave and help solve problems by following the example of his friend, a hummingbird.

 

"It told no matter how big or small you are, you can help make the world a better place," Bayes said.

 

Family Time Fun continues each week, with entertainment for children beginning at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays through July 26. No enrollment is required. The programs are free and last approximately 45 minutes.

 

Some of the upcoming programs include Barnyard Puppet Theatre on June 21, which is performed by Bayes and Jon Duerksen.

 

"We'll do some new (stories) and some favorite ones in between, too," Bayes said.

 

The program on June 28 will be "Watch the Animal Parade" and The Bug Lady's creepy creatures can be seen on July 19.

 

"The kids just love her and her bugs," Bayes laughed.

 

Another returning favorite is the Flying Debris Juggling Show, which includes unicycles and bowling balls in the act.

 

"He's always really neat to watch," Bayes said.

 

For more information, contact the Newton Public Library by visiting

https://www.newtonplks.org or calling 316-283-2890.