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Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs to visit Traralgon Library
Leigh Hobbs, the author of Old Tom and Mr Chicken fame, will be visiting the Traralgon Library on Tuesday 25 July from 7pm for a free presentation to adults on the importance of encouraging young people to read and explore their creativity.
By Portal Admin - 10th July 2017 - Back to NewsLeigh is the current Australian Children’s Laureate, a position designed to ‘promote the importance of reading, creativity and story in the lives of young Australians'.
Leigh Hobbs says, "Libraries have played an enormous role in my life. Reading and exploring history and art is something I have been able to do because of libraries. I’m passionately interested in histories and cultures and I hope that through my work I can encourage children to explore and experience these things too."
Latrobe City Council’s libraries coordinator, Deb Skinner, said the visit to our region was prized as his work as Children’s Laureate has taken him all over the country.
"Leigh has been travelling all over Australia and the world in his position as Laureate and so we are particularly fortunate to have him visit us. He will be touring primary schools in Traralgon as well as appearing at the Traralgon Library.
"As a library service, with a particular interest in promoting literacy and storytelling for children and young people, we wholly support Leigh’s message ‘to champion creative opportunities for children, and to highlight the essential role libraries play in nurturing our creative lives'," Ms Skinner said.
"As well as having an important message, Leigh is a highly humorous and entertaining speaker. He has generously agreed to speak at a function for adults who are interested in meeting him and hearing his message.
"This very special event will take place on Tuesday 25 July from 7pm at the Traralgon Library. Light refreshments will be available. We look forward to seeing you there," Ms Skinner concluded.
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