PORTA PUPPET PLAYERS are the creations of Wayne Daigrepoint’s from New Orleans, Louisiana. This engaging and colorful puppet production uses humor and clever tales to entertain audiences of all ages. In the fall of 1988 Mr. Daigrepoint created the Porta-Puppet Players for the New Orleans theme park, Storyland, which included creating and performing puppet shows. The idea of a portable puppet musical comedy show was born and has offered entertainment to folks of all ages in a variety of venues in Louisiana. Porta-Puppet Players videos can be viewed on YouTube or his website, http://www.theatricana.com/portapuppets/.


June 4: Turkey Creek Library 10 a.m., Ville Platte 2pm and 6pm
June 5: Pine Prairie Library 10 a.m., Mamou Library 2 p.m.
June 6: Basile Library 10 a.m., Chataignier Library 2 p.m.

DAPHNE THOMAS, storyteller and actress, was born in New York’s Harlem hospital but was raised in and currently resides in south Louisiana. She is a storyteller, freelance writer,  published author, illustrator, flutist, photographer and storyteller who calls upon the cultural  experiences of Louisiana to develop and tell her original stories. She is a member of the Acadiana  Center for the Arts and is included in the Louisiana Artist Roster and also a member of the Writers Guild of Acadiana. In 2015 she published a vibrant story about a character named Charli, an imaginative girl who exercises her ability to take readers on wonderful adventures, “I Love to Imagine!”. It is available in English and French. In May 2017 she landed a part in a Louisiana play  called “Jambalaya” which was produced by a Los Angeles based film company who purchased the rights to a song that she wrote which is now a part of the traveling play. More information can be found  on YouTube, Facebook, the Louisiana Artist Roster and her website: http://daphnethomas.weebly.com.


June 11: Turkey Creek Library 10 a.m., Ville Platte, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
June 12: Pine Prairie Library 10 a.m., Mamou Library 2 p.m.
June 13: Basile Library 10 a.m., Chataignier Library 2 p.m.

GREGORY GUILLORY, aka Geebo the Clown & Magician, was born in central Louisiana. He moved to Los Angeles, CA, in 1988 and after a brief professional career as an investment banker he created two entertainment characters: El Payaso Loco and Geebo the Clown. Today Mr. Guillory is a seasoned bilingual clown, juggler, face painter, balloon sculptor and magician. He has performed in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernadine County, CA, Harris County, TX and Calcasieu and Evangeline parishes in LA. His performances often include 50 to 60 animal balloon sculptures and 40 minutes of illusions featuring live animals such as birds, rabbits, and baby chicks. Many of his performances have been aired on You Tube. Mr. Guillory has also perfected a theatrical performance called “Black Magic” designed to educate the young about history of black magicians and entertainers. His performance rates are discounted when he performs in Louisiana as a way of giving back to the communities he visits. Visit his website at http://www.geebotheclown.com


July 23: Turkey Creek Library 10 a.m., Ville Platte 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
July 24: Pine Prairie Library 10 a.m., Mamou Library 2 p.m.
July 25: Chataignier Library 10 a.m., Basile Library 2 p.m.,

SCHOOLHOUSE SAFARI is a family run, mobile, educational exotic animal encounter and mobile petting zoo based in Lafayette that will bring a new kind of adventure to our summer reading programs!


June 18: Turkey Creek Library 10 a.m., Ville Platte 2 p.m.
June 19: Pine Prairie Library 10 a.m., Mamou Library 2 p.m.
June 20: Basile Library 10 a.m., Chataignier Library 2 p.m.,

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