Legos at the library?
Legos inspire creativity, which is good for children.
So on Monday, Keene Memorial Library in Fremont will host “Curtis Mork aka The Lego Guy” during four separate sessions.
The event is free and open to the public, but participants need to be registered. The hourlong sessions are set for 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m., said Laura England Biggs, children’s librarian.
Mork, who is from Platteville, Colo., makes presentations at libraries, talking about some of his favorite Lego collections.
“He’s been doing this for about 10 years,” said England Biggs, adding that libraries in six states have hosted him.
Mork has interactive exhibits and a workshop time that allows children to get involved with the Legos.
England Biggs believes attendees will enjoy the program.
“People have said the kids love his presentations,” she said.
This will be Mork’s first time at Keene, but children currently can come to the library to build things with Legos.
“Lego is one of our most popular programs,” England Biggs said.
The library offers a Lego activity at 4 p.m. each Thursday in the building’s large meeting room.
“We open the doors, lay out the base plates and let the kids build whatever they want,” she said. “We have regular Legos for ages 3 through 10, but we have the big ones for little brothers and sisters.”
Attendance ranges from five to 25 children.
Giving children a chance to use Legos offers various benefits.
For one, it encourages creativity.
“You’re starting from this flat plate and the same brick could be used to build a castle or a helicopter. It just depends what the child’s mind can conceive,” England Biggs said.
Creativity is important.
“Our kids are so structured and so busy that they don’t often have time to just be creative and have fun,” England Biggs said.
The librarian anticipates that children of various ages — from babes in strollers to early teens — will be at The Lego Guy’s presentations.
She encourages area residents to attend.
“I hope they can see some of the really cool sets that The Lego Guy has that we don’t have,” she said.
The Lego Guy has a set of The Beatles in front of the Yellow Submarine.
“They have little Beatles people and he’s got some Star Wars sets and then what they call Lego City, where there’s a diner and a car and I think there’s one for Ghostbusters. It’s amazing,” England Biggs said.
To sign up for a Lego Guy session, go to the library’s website at www.fremontne.gov/library and scroll down below the Reading Rocks banner. There is a link that says “register here for events and classes.”
Those without computers may call the library at 402-727-2694.
Registration is important.
“We can only fit so many people in the room,” England Biggs said. “We’re capped at 75.”