In May, the Seward Community Library Association, aka Friends of the Seward Library, received a $650 mini-grant to buy supplies for the Seward Community Library’s Lego Club, which became part of the library’s Summer Reading Program. This year’s Summer Reading Program theme was “Build a Better World.” The Lego Club served to bring youth and their families into the library for a fun, interactive and engaging activity, in which children could build, create, and play with quality building block materials in an open and safe space.
At a trial run for the club in the spring there were 22 children and seven adults. They were given the challenge to build an animal with the Legos. After the challenge was completed, participants were free to create items from their own imagination. Parents visited with each other while their children exercised their creativity.
Enthusiasm continued as the Lego Club started their summer meetings. At the first meeting there were 21 children and nine adults. The summer program served as a prototype for a winter or year-round Lego Club program at the Seward Community Library Museum.
Funding for this grant came from the Seward Community Foundation Unrestricted Fund.