Palisades Library Offers Puppet Show and Children’s Programs.

Joe Gandelman will perform at the library.

A puppet show for children of all ages will be offered at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2. Performer Joe Gandelman will present a Dr. Seuss-themed ventriloquism and puppet show with comedy and laughs a-plenty.

The show will include a BIG cast of high-visual wooden and puppet characters plus Gandelman’s famous lip sync number where Joe “throws” his voice into volunteers!

He performs all over the U.S. and in Canada. All of Joe’s shows feature a BIG CAST of characters, interaction and lots of laughs. Gandelman has appeared in big stage variety shows, on television, at fairs, festivals, corporate events, libraries, country clubs, churches, synagogues, mosques, schools, private parties and has performed before royalty.

Gandelman spent nearly 20 years in the newspaper business, but after a near-fatal car accident, he began pursuing his child dream of becoming a full-time ventriloquist.

He had tried ventriloquism as a child in Connecticut. He was in theater musical production in high school at Amity Regional High School, in Woodbridge, Connecticut.

After getting his bachelor’s degree from Colgate and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, Gandelman began a newspaper career that included freelance work in India, Spain, Cypress and Bangladesh.

He wrote for the Chicago Daily News, contributed to Newsweek and National Public Radio and was a Special Correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor in Madrid.

He returned to the United States to become a staff reporter on the Wichita Eagle-Beacon and the San Diego Union.

In the 1980s, he returned to ventriloquism again to relieve stress. After the accident, Gandelman went full-time due to the encouragement of legendary ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson, who told him he should think about “going pro.”




Baby and Toddler Storytime happens the first Wednesday of each month at 10:15 a.m. Scheduled dates include August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2 and December 7.

This is lap-sit (or not!) storytime for babies and toddlers and their grown-ups to share together. One child one lap, please. This is for ages 36 months and younger, accompanied by a grown up.

Family Storytime occurs the third Thursday of the month at 4 p.m.  This program is suggested for age 3 and up and includes: stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes: building reading skills while having fun. Those dates through the end of the year are: August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17 and December 15.


The Palisades Library is located at 861 Alma Real. Call (310) 459-2754.



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