Library summer Lego club builds bridges |

Library summer Lego club builds bridges

by Sarah Hauck
Logan Whittington, 5, shows off his battleship last year at the Douglas County Public Library.
Caryn Haller file photo |

Aaron Greenwood, 9, eagerly dug through a giant box of Legos to select the perfect addition to the bridge he was building on Monday.

Every Monday during the summer the Douglas County Public Library hosts a Lego Bricks Building Club challenge.

Each week focuses on a different theme for building.

This week’s theme was bridges.

Prizes were awarded for the strongest and longest bridge.

“Mine is probably going to be both,” Aaron said.

Monday was Aaron’s first time at the Lego challenge.

Noah Keating, intently building alongside Aaron, said his bridge’s best attribute was its strong beams.

Noah came to the previous Lego challenge and built catapults.

“It’s not about what you build, it’s how you build,” Noah explained. “Just use your creativity, man.”

The children are given handouts on designs of the week’s theme, as well as hearing a story and sometimes watching a short movie on the theme and then given free-range to build their own versions.

This is the first year for the Lego Bricks Building Club at the library.

The main idea of the program is learning the basic principles in mathematics, science and engineering through stories and demonstrations.

“I really like that they are understanding the concepts and the science is being demonstrated by their Lego building,” coordinator Kathy Echavarria said.

Alex Woods, 9, enjoys the time he gets to spend with other children.

“I like building Legos with someone else,” Alex said. “I don’t have any brothers or sisters so I usually build by myself.”

Sporting a shirt with a Lego version of the evolutionary chart, Alex added another beam support to his version of a beam bridge.

“It’s not the most detailed, but it works good,” he said.

Debbie Woods, Alex’s mom, has been bringing Alex to library events since he was a baby.

“The library stuff is always really fun stuff,” Debbie said.

Alex also attended last week’s Lego Bricks challenge about catapults.

“He won a prize so there was incentive to come back,” Debbie explained.

In a room full of children ages 6-10, bridges were taking on all shapes and sizes.

“I like seeing the kids exchange ideas,” Echavarria said.

The next Lego building club is 3-5 p.m. Monday, and will be a speed build.

Children will be given 10 minutes to build, and then share their creations with the group.

The library encourages children ages 3-12 to join the building fun.

There are three different groups separated by age.

Block Builders Club, for ages 3-5 meets from 3-4 p.m. in the library castle.

Children will hear a story and create something from Legos.

Brick Builders Club, for ages 6-12 meets from 3-4 p.m. in the library meeting room.

They will listen to a story and create something from the story with Lego bricks.

A third building program, Brick Play, for ages 6-12, meets from 4-5 p.m. It encourages children to use their imaginations and exchange ideas with other creative builders.

“It’s really neat to watch all the different kids and their interactions and their ideas,” Debbie said.