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Puppet Truck

The Puppet Truck brings amazing  puppet shows to locations around Davidson County, reaching students and groups who are unable to visit the Main Library. 

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 locations 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 Nashville and Davidson County
  • 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)




July 2024–December 2024 Shows

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

la la la: a story of hope

La La La: A Story of Hope 

Wishing Chair Productions presents this magical journey conceived from the mind of Kate DiCamillo and Jamie Kim. This nearly wordless tale will transport you on a small girl’s journey to find a true friend. This production was made possible in part by a special gift from the Bentley Family to the Nashville Public Library Foundation. 

Running Time: 30 minutes

ali baba book cover

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves 

“Open Sesame!” Enter the magical Cave of Wonders and behold Wishing Chair Productions colorful adaptation from the Tales of the Arabian Nights. Classic storytelling with a cast of colorful marionettes, clever sets, and props, and exciting original music are sure to enchant the entire family.

Running time: 40 minutes


What People are Saying

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

Both of the puppeteers, on Tuesday and today, were fantastic and did the best with that they could with the virtual setting. We loved seeing the different puppets that they brought out and the demonstrations of how they work. They were so patient in answering the questions of our students. Thank you for making this possible virtual during these pandemic times.
– St. Joseph School

The Nashville Public Library’s Puppet Truck is one of the most valuable programs for all the Nashville children. There is a lesson to learn from each and every program…the children loved the Ellingtown virtual puppet show this morning. The puppeteers took questions from the children today and were so good at explaining the difference between the puppets ( rods, strings…) and showed the children how they worked them. Thank you again for coming.
– Gower Elementary

Our Abe’s Garden Community Memory Support residents absolutely love the Puppet Truck! The residents were very engaged and the puppeteers are excellent at what they do. The show was easy to follow and extremely entertaining. Come again!
– Abe’s Garden


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