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Greater Hamilton Library bringing out the larrikins for Children's Week

16 October 2020

Greater Hamilton Library will be hosting the “Larrikin Puppets” online this year to celebrate Children’s week.

Larrikin Puppets’ popular puppet shows are colourful and exciting theatre performances for children and their families featuring intriguing characters, catchy original songs, funny skits, jokes, games and live interaction. The puppeteers have received training in the USA under Jim Henson puppeteers from The Muppets and Sesame Street. Highly entertaining and captivating, Larrikin Puppets’ fast-paced, feel-good puppetry celebrates fun, kindness and play while nurturing child development, encouraging audiences to talk, dance, sing and play along with wide eyed wonder, joy and laughs from beginning to end.

The virtual event, supported by the Victorian Government, will run over three days, Monday 26, Wednesday 28 and Friday 30 October at 11am on the Greater Hamilton Library Facebook Page.

The “Larrikin Puppets” will aim to raise awareness of the Children’s Week theme “Celebrating the right of all children to choose their own friends and safely connect with others”. The children will engage in creative play with the puppets through dance, songs and story times.

Greater Hamilton Senior Library Officer Ms Jenny Poynton said she was really looking forward to being able to host an event like this for children in the Southern Grampians Shire community.

“Children learn so much when they engage through play. The Larrikin Puppets will work with the children to expand rhyming skills, build on vocabulary, fine and gross motor skills as well as working on social and emotional well-being for themselves and others.

“This year has been a challenging one for our kids. We can’t wait to see the Larrikin Puppets share a positive and uplifting experience with our children, while also promoting these important skills”, Ms Poynton said.

Although the Greater Hamilton Library remains closed until the lifting of further State Government restrictions, there are still a range of free resources services and available for residents.

Online story-time sessions are being held on Thursdays at 11am on the Greater Hamilton Library Facebook page. Library members are able to access ‘Storybox’ and a great range of online content through the Central Highlands Library Group webpage. Library staff are also offering a ‘click and collect’ service. If members wish to borrow books, please contact the Library directly on 5573 0470.

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