New York Puppet Library

image When I came across this page descriping puppet lending libraries—one in Boston and another one in New York— I thought it had to be a joke. Especially given the New York puppet library's location: inside a memorial arch. But apparently these are real. A google search brings up quite a few articles about the New York puppet library, including this one from Time Out New York Kids:
A different kind of lending library makes its home in Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza Arch. A small flock of birds occupies the fourth-floor landing inside the Grand Army Plaza Arch. One flight below, a grinning cat keeps watch over the spiral staircase. Walk down, and you'll see a swarm of insects and four sweet-faced ponies. There are usually eight ponies, but four are out on loan. Welcome to the New York Puppet Library.
It's nice to know there's a place to go if you ever need to borrow a puppet.


Posted on Thu Aug 24, 2006


I am going to have nightmares.
Posted by Arthurpod  on  Fri Aug 25, 2006  at  04:13 PM
One of my life goals is to run and/or fund a pet library for kids. Basically, there would be all sorts of different sorts of pets, and kids can borrow them for a week or so.
Posted by Taed  on  Fri Aug 25, 2006  at  08:49 PM
I know my local library has about 250 puppets in the Children's section. I don't think it is all that rare.
Posted by deja pooh  on  Wed Aug 30, 2006  at  01:26 PM
The Puppeteer's Cooperative Puppet Library is currently being housed at Brooklyn College since the arch was in need of some repairs.
Posted by Juliana Cope  on  Thu Apr 16, 2009  at  01:49 PM
There is also a puppet lending library in Pittsburgh, PA known as Puppets for Pittsburgh. We have over 200 giant puppets in our collection, and frequently offer free workshops on how to build puppets. Hope you'll check us out on Facebook:
Posted by Puppets for Pittsburgh  on  Thu Mar 24, 2011  at  09:50 AM
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