Meet Oscar the Grouch and other puppet legends at the Public Library

The Cleveland Public Library is showcasing a wide variety of puppets from history as part of the library's 150th birthday.

They say never meet your heroes, but for Oscar the Grouch, you should make an exception.

The Cleveland Public Library will host The World of Puppets: From Stage to Screen, an exhibit featuring over 100 puppets from around the world, including popular characters from theater, film and television such as Oscar the Grouch (Sesame Street, Sesame Workshop) and Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors). You can even get a look at Nutso and Shirley Squirrely from the Cleveland-produced Hickory Hideout.

The exhibit celebrates Cleveland Public Library’s 150th anniversary, with the Library presenting a full program of related activities. There will be performances by guest artists throughout the year as the library expands the scope and accessibility of the puppetry arts in Northeast Ohio, integrating them into its programming, outreach, and educational offerings.

You can attend the opening-day ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday, March 23rd, where you can meet master puppeteerĀ Jim Kroupa (Eureeka’s Castle, Between the Lions, Muppets Take Manhattan), get your picture taken with a walk-around Elmo, and see puppet shows performed by local puppet troupes.

The World of Puppets: From Stage to Screen runs from March 23rd until November 30th, 2019.

The opening day celebration runs from 11 am until 4 pm Saturday, March 23rd. The event is free and open to the public. You can visit the library’s event page here.