Monday 24 December 2012

LEGO at the library?

Lego at the Library?  Who'd have thought!  Yet Lego is quickly becoming one of the most popular programs the library offers for children.   Connie Jodrey says, "Thanks to a grant from the Town of Bridgetown via the Community Spirit Award, the Bridgetown and Area Library is offering an after-school Lego program on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30.  And this is not just for older kids.  We have children as young as three squeezing in around our table heaped with Lego and Duplo blocks, happily snapping out cars and towers, castles and cranes, sharing pieces back and forth when someone else wants them.  You don't need a plan when you put a pile of Lego in front of a child, you just need to stand back and watch the magic happen."    

Why LEGO you may ask? There are plenty of studies that show the value of free play and learning, and how it enhances creativity.  Play is how children experiment, learn social interactions, and experience curiosity,  while exploring feelings of pride, love, and feeling smart. Pretty powerful stuff is going on there with those piles of plastic blocks! Since the library is a place of lifelong learning, we are happy to be your child's destination for a weekly hour of play. If you want to read more about play, check out this study done by the LEGO learning institute. 

At the library programs, we ask that children DO NOT bring their own LEGO.  We have a big stash of blocks for you to build with.  And if you have LEGO lying about that is no longer being used, we WILL take donations! 

Here's where you can attend a LEGO program in January. Stop in and build something! 

Bridgetown – Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 PM.  Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.(starting January 10)
Kentville – LEGO with Lynn - Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 PM. For school-aged children.(starting January 10)
Lawrencetown Fridays, 3- 4:30 PM. Ages 5 + (starting January 11)
Windsor – Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 PM. For ages 5-10 (starting  January 15)

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