On the first Saturday of every month, we breaks out the Lego blocks at our Main Branch, and kids and families can build whatever they want.
The library patrons don’t need to register beforehand or bring any of their own Lego. All they need is their imagination.
Mary Detling, one of our children’s library associates, started the club five years ago.
“I read an article several years ago in School Library Journal that showed how play helps develop early literacy skills by increasing memory, creativity, and language and vocabulary skills. Plus, it helps lay a foundation for logical mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning and problem solving,” Detling said. “So, I thought, this is great. Kids can come to the library and play; and, at the same time, we’re helping them to develop some lifelong skills.”
Detling named the Lego program Kids @ Work; because, for kids, play is work.
Over the years, the children have built some really cool things.
“I give the kids a theme each month, but they can build whatever they like,” Detling said. “The scenes kids build are always so imaginative. They build houses with the coolest ideas like spinning floors and swimming pools with catapults.”
Kids @ Work has been so popular, that all three Mentor Public Library branches now have monthly Lego clubs.
Kids can rock with the library’s blocks at the Main Branch on the first Saturday of the month, at our Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch on the second Saturday, and at our Headlands Branch on the third Saturday.
All of the programs are free and open to the public. There are no age limits and no registration is required. However, the library asks that any child younger than eight have an adult with them.