AUBURN — The Auburn Public Library Children’s Services Department invites area children and their families to a production by The Milkweed Puppet Theater, at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 16, in the Androscoggin Community Room.

The Milkweed Puppet Theater is a one-woman troupe from Montville. Nancy Tyndall has travelled throughout Maine for more than 20 years, entertaining audiences and teaching puppetry workshops. Her preparation for this career included a childhood spent reading while perched in trees, a bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College and graduate studies with Observation, Experimentation and Experience. Tyndall also volunteers as a nature guide with Friends of Unity Wetlands and Maine Audubon. She has one son.

The production of “The Shoemakers and the Elves” will be performed using puppets that were handmade in the 1930s and given to Tyndall. The gift included carved wooden shoes, so she wrote additional characters into the story. The puppeteers who gave them to Tyndall were wandering entertainers who played in the 30’s depression era for “watermelons and jars of jam.”

The puppet show is best for children 4- and 5-years and older. There is no charge and all are welcome. For additional information, visit the library; call 333-6640, ext. 2004; or visit

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