South Point library to host LEGO Club

Published 11:13 pm Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SOUTH POINT — At 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 31, the South Point Branch of Briggs Library will host a LEGO Club for all ages.

Families are encouraged to attend together and use their imaginations to build their own creations with a myriad of blocks. The library encourages the merging of literacy with hands-on, minds-on fun. Children will develop valuable skills, such as exploration, fostering creativity, motor skills and storytelling.

What’s the connection between LEGOs and books?

“Promoting play contributes to early literacy development by increasing attention span, memory, creativity, and language and vocabulary skills. It also lays the foundation for logical mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning and problem solving–things they’ll carry throughout their school years,” according to “Play = Learning,” a recent study by Dorothy Singer, a senior research scientist at Yale University Department of Psychology and Child Study Center.

Another study published in “Science and Children” compared traditional textbook learning to learning with hands-on manipulation like LEGOs. It found that “tactile and kinesthetic learning increase student understanding.”

In other words, play paves the way for learning, and that was enough for Briggs Library to launch LEGO Clubs for the whole family.

Being at the library with other builders, personal masterpieces can be shared through self-expression by storytelling. Since sharing is a very important part of the making process, it involves connection and collaboration, which can be done with other participants at Briggs Library LEGO programs.

Other LEGO clubs will be offered monthly starting in September at the library branches, and LEGO donations are still being accepted.

Ironton will be 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14; Proctorville at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17; Chesapeake at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22; and South Point at 6 p.m. Monday Sept. 28.
Visit the library’s Facebook page at Briggsy’s Kids or on the library catalog calendar at briggslibrary.com to keep up on the library’s events.