LEGOs build fun at library


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Stephanie Dressler, 8, and her brother Jayden, 7, work on building their own fantasy land while at the LEGO Club Wednesday. “The kids have a really good time,” said Jacob Dressler, their father. Jacob said his son is obsessed with LEGOs and Minecraft so the club is a fun time for them.


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Elementary school children let their imaginations fly while building LEGOs at the Wilmington Public Library’s LEGO Club Wednesday. From middle back: Aiyana Pritchett, 9, Jamin Prichett, 6, Kayden Barnett, 9, Nino Gonzalez, 11, and Brydin Plymire, 7.


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Amy Volz, technical services librarian for the library, watches on as Aiyana Pritchett, 9, Jamin Prichett, 6, Kayden Barnett, 9, Nino Gonzalez, 11, and Brydin Plymire, 7, work on their LEGO creations.


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WILMINGTON – Kids can expand their imagination at the library through more than just books.

The Wilmington Public Library hosts a LEGO Club once a month for elementary school students. The program has been hosted for about a year, said Amy Volz, technical services librarian.

“We wanted something for elementary kids,” she said. “We didn’t really have a lot for them.”

Library staff noticed the LEGO Clubs popping up at other libraries and they soon realized how popular the program was for young kids.

The LEGO Club is hosted the fourth Wednesday of every month except for November and December because of the holidays. The library has purchased all of the LEGOs for the club thus far, but there is a call for donations of more LEGOs so the program can potentially expand.

“I think we’ve had over 60 (kids) before,” Volz said. “ We’re kind of at the maximum (with LEGOs).”

Rebecca Beatty, Youth Services assistant for the library, said the LEGO Club is one of the most popular programs the library hosts.

“It’s really great,” she said.

People who are “tired of stepping on” LEGOs at home are encouraged to bring the toys to the Wilmington Public Library to be used for the program, Volz said.

In addition to the LEGO Club, which is at 4 p.m., the Wilmington Public Library hosts different events for toddlers, elementary-aged kids and teenagers.

“We do story time several times a week for babies through five,” Volz said. “We do family nights once a month.”

The family nights have a different theme, Volz said, and the library does different crafts and reads stories that pertain to the theme.

The library also tries to host monthly events for teenagers as well, she said.

“We always have kid stuff going on,” she said.

There are a lot of different events coming up for kids in September and October, both Beatty and Volz said.

There will be a game night Sept. 10 with Wii games, among other games, for kids to play. On Sept. 24, there will be a Pokemon party for kids, and on Oct. 31 there will be an American Girl tea party.

“We just want everyone to come to the library,” Volz said. “Even if you don’t think you’re a reader, we’ve got something going on. We’re trying to do things for everybody.”

The Wilmington Public Library, 268 N. South St., is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1-5 p.m. September through May.

Stephanie Dressler, 8, and her brother Jayden, 7, work on building their own fantasy land while at the LEGO Club Wednesday. “The kids have a really good time,” said Jacob Dressler, their father. Jacob said his son is obsessed with LEGOs and Minecraft so the club is a fun time for them.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/08/web1_lego-2.jpgStephanie Dressler, 8, and her brother Jayden, 7, work on building their own fantasy land while at the LEGO Club Wednesday. “The kids have a really good time,” said Jacob Dressler, their father. Jacob said his son is obsessed with LEGOs and Minecraft so the club is a fun time for them. Dylanne Petros | Wilmington News Journal

Elementary school children let their imaginations fly while building LEGOs at the Wilmington Public Library’s LEGO Club Wednesday. From middle back: Aiyana Pritchett, 9, Jamin Prichett, 6, Kayden Barnett, 9, Nino Gonzalez, 11, and Brydin Plymire, 7.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/08/web1_lego-3.jpgElementary school children let their imaginations fly while building LEGOs at the Wilmington Public Library’s LEGO Club Wednesday. From middle back: Aiyana Pritchett, 9, Jamin Prichett, 6, Kayden Barnett, 9, Nino Gonzalez, 11, and Brydin Plymire, 7. Dylanne Petros | Wilmington News Journal

Amy Volz, technical services librarian for the library, watches on as Aiyana Pritchett, 9, Jamin Prichett, 6, Kayden Barnett, 9, Nino Gonzalez, 11, and Brydin Plymire, 7, work on their LEGO creations.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/08/web1_lego.jpgAmy Volz, technical services librarian for the library, watches on as Aiyana Pritchett, 9, Jamin Prichett, 6, Kayden Barnett, 9, Nino Gonzalez, 11, and Brydin Plymire, 7, work on their LEGO creations. Dylanne Petros | Wilmington News Journal

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