The Puppet Truck

The Puppet Truck travels throughout Davidson County with the aim of reaching people who aren’t able to visit the Main Library Children’s Theater. Puppet Truck programs inspire a love of books through engaging, three dimensional performances of classic children’s literature. The 45-minute interactive presentation incorporate stories, songs, music, puppets from the library’s extensive and growing collection. The Puppet Truck also works in conjunction with the library’s Bringing Books to Life! program to provide literacy outreach and educational programs to preschools and daycare centers.

Registration for the Spring 2018 Performance Season is now open.

anansi the spider drawing

Puppet Truck presents: Anansi the Spider

This colorful marionette and hand-and-rod puppet play is based on African tales of a tricky spider who uses his cleverness to achieve his wishes. The Wood and Strings Puppet Company created the show’s beautiful marionettes especially for the Library, while our very own Wishing Chair Productions created the hand-and-rod puppets and all other aspects of the show.

Performances and Locations

Many Moons

Many Moons

Your entire family will enjoy this musical version of Many Moons, the Caldecott-Award winning classic written by James Thurber and illustrated by Louis Slobodkin. Our production features the fabulous Peeko Puppets! Run time: 35 minutes

Performances and Locations

How do I reserve the Puppet Truck?

Contact Bret Wilson to request a Puppet Truck performance.

The Puppet Truck rotates shows available each season. Shows are subject to availability.

Bringing Books to Life! may offer different Puppet Truck shows to its partner sites than are available to the community. Learn more about the Bringing Books to Life! program.

Who can reserve the Puppet Truck?

The Puppet Truck is available to daycare centers, preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, senior centers and other organizations and institutions across Davidson County. It is also available for community events in Davidson County that are open to the public.

The Puppet Truck is not available for birthday parties, private events or outside Davidson County.

Performance Requirements

The following requirements must be met in order for the Puppet Truck to successfully conduct a performance at your location:

  • Location must be within Davidson County or Goodlettsville city limits
  • Access to an electrical outlet
  • Performance space of at least 8′ x 8′ x 8′ (this measurement is subject to change based on specific show requirements)
  • Direct access into the performance space with no obstacles between the parking lot and the entrance
  • Freight elevator required for locations with second floor performance spaces
  • Parking space to accommodate a 15′ box truck

Download Performance Requirements (PDF)

What are people saying about the Puppet Truck?

“This was our first time having the Puppet Truck and I will book them again and again and again! Our children loved the performance.” – The Gardner School of Midtown

“This was my first experience with the Puppet Truck although Steve Martin, our librarian, did schedule the truck last year but I was unable to see the show. What a super resource this is for our children – with the price of school buses doubling; now $200 per bus based on carrying 66 children – we would never have been able to bring all of our students to the library for the show. Because the truck was able to present the show twice, once yesterday afternoon at 1:30 pm and again this morning at 9:00, the entire school was able to attend and have this experience. The show is not only highly entertaining; it is also a real learning experience.” – Norman Binkley Elementary School

“We always enjoy it when you explain the puppets, props, and stories.” – Montessori Academy

“Love, love, love this show! It’s great for the kids to find such entertainment in music and in non fictional material (not just fairy tales)…The puppeteers are always so awesome and gracious to the kids.” – St. Joseph School

“Many teachers thanked us for getting the Puppet Truck & several commented that they would not have thought a puppet show could be so good. The students loved the show and being able to ask questions. It was nice that the students got to see & talk to the puppeteers! This was great in so many ways & will be used as TCAP review for storytelling and medieval time period. Thank you!” – Bellevue Middle

“The storyline was very clear and easy to follow. The performers were well rehearsed and answered questions at the end.” – J.T. Moore Middle

Thank you to supporters!

The Puppet Truck is presented by:  Rotary Club of Nashville

Rotary Club of Nashville Logo

Additional support provided by:

  • Tennessee Arts Commission
  • Carl Turner Family Foundation
  • Dorothy Cate and Thomas F. Frist Foundation
  • HCA Foundation
  • Dollar General Literacy Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Middle TN
  • Sandra Schatten Foundation
  • Proceeds from the Nashville Public Library Literary Award Gala

Contact Us

Bret Wilson
Puppet Truck Coordinator
(615) 880-2263

Liz Atack
Bringing Books to Life! Program Manager
(615) 862-5773

Brian Hull
Wishing Chair Production Company Manager
(615) 862-5788