Library assembly photo
Library assembly photo

Discover the magical world of shadow puppetry with Daniel Barash of THE SHADOW PUPPET WORKSHOP.

After first introducing audience members to the art of shadow puppetry (including numerous puppets from Southeast Asia), Daniel will then perform shadow puppetry versions of "Read to the Rhythm"-inspired folktales from around the world.

The audience will be encouraged to participate throughout the program, and volunteers will be invited up to the shadow screen to help perform the shows. Plus, audience members will receive shadow puppet templates to continue the fun at home! See you in the land of rhythm and shadows!

Daniel Barash, based in Berkeley, CA, has presented hundreds of shadow puppetry assembly programs across the United States. His performances are engaging, participatory, and fun!

Daniel is one of 43 Kennedy Center National Workshop Leaders, and travels around the country sharing his love of shadow puppetry with both educators and students.

*NOTE: If your library system is not participating in the "Read to the Rhythm" theme, assembly programs can be tailored to your needs.



  • Albany Public Library
  • Benicia Public Library
  • Berkeley Central Library
  • Berkeley Claremont Branch Library
  • Berkeley North Branch Library
  • Berkeley West Brach Library
  • Castro Valley Library
  • Dublin Library
  • Fremont Library
  • Larkspur Library
  • Mill Valley Public Library
  • Monterey Public Library
  • Morgan Hill Library
  • Palo Alto Children's Library
  • Richmond Public Library
  • Sacramento Cooledge Branch Library
  • Sacramento Fair Oaks Branch Library
  • Sacramento Galt Branch Library
  • Sacramento Pocket Greenhaven Branch Library
  • San Anselmo Library
  • San Bruno Library
  • San Francisco Bayview Branch Library
  • San Francisco Bernal Heights Branch Library
  • San Francisco Central Library
  • San Francisco Glen Park Branch Library
  • San Francisco Noe Valley Branch Library
  • San Francisco North Beach Library
  • San Francisco Ocean View Branch Library
  • San Francisco Parkside Branch Library
  • San Francisco Portola Branch Library
  • San Francisco Presidio Branch Library
  • San Francisco Visitacion Valley Branch Library
  • San Francisco Western Addition Branch Library
  • San Jose Almaden Branch Library
  • San Jose Biblioteca Branch Library
  • San Jose Cambrian Branch Library
  • San Jose Edenvale Branch Library
  • San Jose Evergreen Branch Library
  • San Jose Pearl Avenu Branch Library
  • San Jose Rose Garden Branch Library
  • San Jose Santa Teresa Branch Library
  • San Jose Tully Community Branch Library
  • San Jose Vineland Branch Library
  • San Jose West Valley Branch Library
  • San Rafael Pickleweed Library
  • San Ramon Library
  • Santa Clara Misssion Branch Library
  • Sonoma Library
  • Sausalito Library


What Librarians Have Said:

“The Shadow Puppet Workshop delights our library audience. The tales are fun and the staging is beautiful. Children help perform the stories and learn how the dramatic effects of light and shadow are achieved.”

Dan Hess
Children's Librarian
Albany Library

“Daniel has performed two different shows here at the San Bruno Library and each has been engaging and interactive. He presents the stories and the "behind the scenes" information very well - bringing folk tales to life and demonstrating the accessibility of this ancient art form. Children and adults alike enjoyed the presentation. I was especially impressed with his ability to hold the attention of all 160 attendees and still bring children from the audience up on stage, effectively involving them in the storytelling.”

Barbara Bruxvoort
Children’s Librarian
San Bruno Library

“Daniel performed his shadow puppetry program for children of all ages and adults. The group was hypnotized by his puppets - I would highly recommend this entertaining program for a wide range of children.”

Amanda Myers
Supervising Librarian
Berkeley West Branch Library