For three days in June, the Nashville Downtown Library and Church Street Park will be transformed into a magical and mesmerizing land of storytelling and puppetry as the Nashville International Puppet Festival descends upon our city. No matter what your age, your imagination is sure to be flexed at this wonderful family-friendly event!
Hosted by the Nashville Public Library Foundation, the Nashville International Puppet Festival will bring performers from around the globe together to celebrate storytelling through puppetry arts. From June 21 through 23, this vibrant carnival will include dozens of international and domestic puppet performances, a puppet parade, live music, and an outdoor street fair.
This year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever, and volunteers will play a critical role in this incredible event. This volunteer experience is extremely rewarding and fun. As one volunteer remarked after the 2011 Puppet Festival, “I had such fun!!! Thank you for the awesome opportunity.”
The library needs hundreds of volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks throughout the three-day festival. And this volunteer gig doesn’t come without awesome perks! Volunteers will receive:
- a souvenir t-shirt to wear during their shift and to take home;
- snacks and beverages;
- free parking is free, and a complimentary shuttle; and
- a souvenir “Monster Button” for volunteers ages 13 to 17 as part of the regular Teen Volunteer Monster Button program at the library.
So, what are all the fun things that Puppet Festival volunteers get to help with? Here’s the rundown:
Information Booth Assistant: Sit or stand at one of the designated information kiosks and help guests find information about puppet shows, assist with ticketing information, help guests with directions, and provide general assistance.
Information Floater: Roam throughout the library and Church Street Park and help guests find information about puppet shows, assist with ticketing information, help guests with directions, and provide general assistance.
Puppet Show Host: Collect tickets from guests who have pre-purchased their tickets, keep a count of guests entering the venue, and allow standby guests to enter the venue. Hand guests surveys as they exit venues following the shows.
Ticket Booth Assistant: Print and distribute tickets upon guest requests for upcoming shows. No money handling involved. The library will be using the Tickets Nashville system and training will be provided on site.
Hospitality Room Assistant: Help to manage the hospitality room for the International Puppet Festival performers.
Volunteer Services Assistant: Assist the volunteer department with checking in and checking out volunteers for their shifts at the Festival. Help to keep volunteer snacks and beverages stocked and in good appearance.
The Nashville Public Library also has other ongoing volunteer needs, from shelving and checking in library books to serving as library archives volunteer. If you are a book worm and value our library system’s efforts to extend lifelong learning and discovery to all people, we encourage you to check out these opportunities to support the library throughout the year!