Every Wednesday afternoon, the library is filled with the unmistakable sound of Lego pieces being rummaged through as enthusiastic builders search for the perfect pieces to finish their creations. Whether designing zip lines or making pirate ships, the Lego Club is always up for the latest challenge from our Youth Services Librarian, Stephanie.
Some participants choose to free build during Lego Club and have come up with some outstanding creations. “I’m always amazed at the level of innovation these kids have. The designs are as endless as their imagination and often showcase their unique engineering perspective and skills, all while having fun," says Stephanie.
When Stephanie first arrived at the library in December of 2015, Lego Club had faded out. Determined to bring it back, she revamped the advertising and started talking it up with patrons, encouraging every child to participate. Within a few weeks, a loyal group of builders had formed with new faces joining from time to time.
Lego Club is more than just building castles and dinosaurs. "We’ve learned how to work together with kindness, problem solve, and resolve conflicts peacefully with good communication during play," says Stephanie. "In the past year, I've seen these kids grow as individuals." As an all inclusive opportunity, Lego Club has even helped some builders improve their motor and social skills.
If you’re a fan of Lego, consider joining us at Lego Club! Lego Club meets every Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm at the library and is geared towards ages 10 and up. All are welcome to join us, and parents and caregivers are encouraged to join in the fun!
As Stephanie has learned, it's never too late to discover the joy of playing with Lego pieces! "I didn’t play with Lego as a kid, so every chance I get I join them, proving that Lego can be fun for all age groups. Honestly, it’s the best part of my week. I always look forward to Lego Club!"
October is a special month for Lego as it was October 24th, 1961 that the original Lego patent was issued. Today, Lego has grown so much in popularity that there are countless play sets available and multiple theme parks dedicated to the colorful building bricks.
Lego continues to grow in popularity at the library, too. As our numbers grow and the creativity of the builders continues to flourish, we are always in need of more Lego pieces. Do you have Lego bricks and accessories at home that you no longer use? The Lego Club greatly appreciates donations!