Brick by Brick: Legos in the Library
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Lego programs have been springing up in children's libraries and have proved to be an effective way to blend a hands-on play with literacy. The type of play that Lego inspires is linked to many of the same kinds of skills needed to build literacy/reading ability. Lego programs can be adapted to almost any library space or schedule and are great ways to meet new families, especially those with children who are reluctant readers. Also, Lego's current popularity in children's publishing (mainly early readers) makes it extremely easy to connect the playtime aspect of Lego programs to your book collection. Also, libraries can promote the value of open-ended and often cooperative play, all while encouraging spatial, sequential, and problem-solving skills. Lego programs at the Vancouver Public Library, and many other sites across North America, have proven to be a great addition to school-age programs, making the library a favorite destination for a diverse range of kids week after week. This poster session will provide visitors with a solid rationale for providing Legos in the library, as well as ideas about how to acquire Legos, program planning ideas, booklists, and great pictures. Get building!