Lego Challenge encourages imagination |

Lego Challenge encourages imagination

by Sarah Hauck
Jimmie Grant's lion shown in the zoo he created for the Winter Lego Building
Brad Coman |

The Douglas County Public Libraries are challenging children and adults to bring out the Legos and put their imaginations to the test this winter break as part of the fourth Winter Lego Build Challenge.

This year’s theme is animals and participants are encouraged to drop their models off at either the Minden or Zephyr Cove libraries anytime before noon on Jan. 7.

“We want to encourage the kids to conintue to use the library during the winter break,” Youth Services Librarian Kathy Echavarria said. “It’s definitely been helpful.”

Since the beginning of the challenge last week, the library has received two entries, but Echavarria is optimistic that they will reach their normal 60 entries before Jan. 7.

“We’re hopeful that as kids receive their holiday gifts that they will be building more creations,” Echavarria said.

The entries will be judged within five categories, with first and second place winners in each.

“The entire library staff votes on them,” Echavarria said. “We’re all really impressed with what we get every year. It’s been a struggle to pick the best two in each category.”

The winners will be announced Jan. 14 and their creations will remain on display through Jan. 30 at the Minden Library.

While keeping children engaged with the library during the winter break is the main focus, Echavarria hopes that more adults will put their imaginations to the test.

“We’ve had a few adults, but we’d like to see that category expand. We recognize that there is a national artistic movement for adults that participate in Lego building and attend national Lego conventions,” Echavarria said.

The library sponsors many events involving Lego building.

“Legos is an educational experience,”Echavarria said. “It has education and imagination built into one toy.”

Anyone from age 2-102 are encouraged to participate not only in building their own original animal out of Legos, but also to enjoy the submissions of other builders at both the Minden and Zephyr Cove libraries.

“The best part is just seeing what the kids bring in. We really enjoy what they bring in,” Echavarria said. “We love seeing the patrons come in and wander around the childrens’ section and enjoying the creativity of our Douglas County children and adults.”

Children under the age of 4 must use Duplo Lego blocks.

Entrants may only submit one entry.

For complete challenge rules and entry form visit

For more information contact the library at 782-9841.