BARSTOW — Joe Gandelman asked his audience of mostly children at the Barstow Branch Library on Tuesday who liked puppets. Just about every hand in the room went up in the air.
He then asked who likes big puppets. Those arms shot back in the air. Then he asked who likes small puppets. Those arms again were raised.
His next question drew laughter.
“Who ... likes eating onions?,” he asked. Several hands went up in the air, then back down when they realized they had been duped.
“That was a trick question because I wanted to see exactly who is awake,” he said.
Gandelman, a San Diego-based ventriloquist, performed at the library Tuesday as part of the Summer Reading Program 2016, which features an act every Tuesday. Gandelman and his dummy friends drew plenty of smiles and laughs as he performed his shtick, based around reading.
According to his website, Gandelman has appeared on “big stage” variety shows, television and at countless fairs, festivals and other events.
A magic show featuring magician David Skale is scheduled for 3 p.m. next Tuesday at the library, followed by Wilder Wonders, a live animal show, on July 12 and a balloon show by Mr. Twister on July 19.
The library held its first entertainment act on June 7, Ken Frawley’s variety show, a magic show from Justin Rivera on June 14 and another variety show by Arty Loon last week.
As part of the library’s Summer Reading Program 2016, which ends on July 24, daily activities are held throughout the week. At 11:30 a.m. on Mondays there is arts and crafts for kids, at 11 a.m. on Thursday is kids storytime, and kids discovery time is held at 11 a.m. on Saturdays.
For more information call the library at 760-256-4849.