Books about LEGOs are extremely popular among kids of all ages at the Milltown Public Library. Looking to find a way for their young patrons to have the chance to play with one of their favorite toys and socialize with others at the same time, the LEGOs & Blocks program was established.
“Kids came in and built houses, airplanes, and Star Wars ships out of LEGOs. Babies and toddlers built towers and played with each other in the block area,” says Katie Llera, the youth services library intern at the Milltown Public Library.
The LEGOs & Blocks program is for children up to 6 years old. “We have big chunky blocks on one side for babies and toddlers and then LEGOs on the other side for bigger kids,” says Llera. Parents can be as involved with their child’s play as they would like to be. Parents can help build LEGOs at the table or on the floor, or they can sit off to the side of the room to spend time chatting with other parents, reading magazines provided by the library, or enjoying light refreshments.
My nephew (who loves to build with LEGOs) is going to start preschool this year, so when I told my sister about the LEGOs & Blocks program she thought it would be a great opportunity for him to socialize with children his own age before starting school in a few weeks. He felt right at home and immediately began playing with the LEGOs and making friends with the other kids. He had a blast!
Trying to better understand the fascination that kids have with LEGOs (though I have to admit they are a lot of fun to play with), I did a little reading online. The company has a very long history and has been around since the early 1930s. Something that I didn’t know before about LEGOs is that the company actually formed its name from the Danish words “LEg GOdt” meaning “play well.” And what’s even more interesting about the LEGO name, is that though they didn’t know it at the time, the word also means “I put together” in Latin.
The LEGO & Blocks program is offered twice a month and at this time, no pre-registration is necessary. In September, the LEGO events will take place on the 15th and 29th at 11:00am. Children can bring their own LEGOs and blocks if they would like to. Though, Llera reminds us, “We have lots of LEGOs and blocks for everyone!”
You can find out more information about this and other programs offered at the Milltown Library via the links below.
Here’s hoping you have fun and “play well” at the LEGO & Blocks event and can say “I put together” lots of fun creations!
The Jersey Girl