Back in the 50s, the TV broadcasting of the hand puppetry created a sensation for the entire society in Taiwan. As the only TV program speaking dialect, it not only entertained but actually aimed at educating the general public: teaching the illiteracy loyalty and filial piety. The plays invented many big heroes and heroines, mostly martial art masters; many of the leading characters were modeled after book lovers. It has gradually transformed to be a gorgeous performing art and become one of the most cherished collaborative memory of the baby boomers and their descendants, our college students.
At the beginning of the fall 2015, the library welcomes first year students with a series of programs featuring these puppet heroes and heroines. Half-person height puppets dressed with exquisite clothing welcome students at the entrance of the library hall. The library encouraged students to recommend books, through searching the online catalog, to those puppet characters according to individual "personality." Meanwhile, life-sized cardboard cut-outs of these hero(ine) characters stood around the library corners to help students through multistage information literacy games. The university president, chief secretary, and library director cosplayed in puppet customs in the evening party to award the library essay and photography competition winners on the celebration of the 10th year of the library building. A total of approximately 3000 faculty, students, and community members participated in the series of orientation programs. The cosplays successfully exposed the library and the university on newspapers and youtube media.
The pictures will tell a much better story than my description here. Thank you
National Chung-Hsing University Library