Kids can get creative at library’s Lego Club

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Hunter Herbaugh photo

Keenan Huber contemplates his next move when building a Lego creation at the Glendive Public Library on Wednesday. The Lego Club is just one of many activities the library is hosting this summer.

The Lego Club, part of the public library’s Summer Reading Program, encourages children and their families to come in and flex their creativity with the famous, colorful blocks. Although the summer’s first meeting was small, only two participants, it was still an enjoyable experience for the kids.

After all, the time the club spends in session is meant to be spent any way the kids want it, according to library director Dawn Kingstad.

In previous years, the club has followed themes such as superheroes or dinosaurs , or shown a lego-themed movie while the kids build their creations, but ultimately, the kids can build whatever they like. Kingstad noted an attendee from a past session even created a space zoo.

Bailey Holley built a jail cell with a shovel poking out from under the inmate’s bed. Keenan Huber built his own rocket and launching platform.

“You can just put anything in them and you can just attach and add on to them,” Bailey said was her favorite thing about legos.

The Lego Club started as a result of the Dawson County High School Class of 1953 donating extra funds to the library left over from their class reunion. The donations were spearheaded by the late Marilyn Stinnett, a member of that class. Over time, the library’s collection grew with the help of more donations and just buying more legos.

Kingstad also strives to make sure there is a diverse collection for both boys and girls.

“Before, all our mini-figures were guys and so now we make sure we have representation of our lady Legobuilders,” Kingstad said. “We really try to make sure we are diverse.”

Kingstad estimates that the library currently has over 5,000 Legos. Anyone with old Legos laying around that is interested in expanding the collection is welcome to donate to the library.

Kingstad attributed Wednesday’s small turn out to the first day of the public pool opening, noting that’s where her own children were. However, she expects attendance at the next meeting of the Lego Club to improve, and wasn’t concerned about wednesday’s attendance.

“We have good quality today,” Kingstad said.

In years past, some of the best creations from Lego club participants have been photographed and displayed in the children’s reading area of the library, showing the creativity available from the young.

The Lego Club is just one of the many activities on offer during the library’s summer program. The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 20 at 2 p.m. in the library basement.

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