Donations of bricks needed
By Jessica Tuggle
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- To a teacher they are creative manipulatives, to an unsuspecting barefoot person they are more painful than a dagger, but to a child, they are just Legos.
The colorful plastic bricks have been a popular toy since 1949 and have provided countless hours of building entertainment for children all over the world, and now a new Lego club is starting up at the Indian River County main library.
Every Friday from June 14 to Aug. 2, the main library will offer an open build Lego club for children ages 5 to 12 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., and donations of Lego bricks are needed, said Patti Fuchs, children's librarian.
The Lego club is just one of the many programs offered for children during the school-less months of summer. Whether it's reading challenges, fitness, drama, foreign language, science or activities that are just plain fun, the county libraries have something for all kids, from babies to fifth graders.
What do Legos have to do with a library? Good question, said Ms. Fuchs.
"Any program the library has is designed to get the kids in here and give them a positive experience with the library. While they are here, we find out their interests and we can get them to read, too," she said.
Donations of Legos are needed to get the club started, because participants will not be allowed to bring their own Lego bricks to the gatherings.
The Legos themselves are excellent tools for nurturing creativity and building math and engineering skills, Ms. Fuchs said.
Other summer Florida Library Youth Programs for first through fifth grade students include fitness classes at the Brackett Library on Mondays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., science-based classes at the North Indian River County Library Thursdays 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and at the main library Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Spanish club will be held at the main library on Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Also at the main library and the library in Sebastian will be an "adventure" class where participants will be involved in storytelling, creative dramatics, games and crafts.
The program will be held at the main library Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. through 3 p.m. and at the Sebastian library Tuesdays 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Craft hour will be held at Gifford Youth Library Tuesdays at 4 p.m.
For more information about children's summer programming, call (772) 770-5060 Ext. 4132 or visit www.irclibrary.org.