By Jan Pease
When you come to the front desk area of the Litchfield Public Library, you will notice many Lego creations that cover the top of nonfiction shelving and the shelves in the beautiful cabinet given in memory of Rosann Lorenz. These highly imaginative pieces of art are made each week at Brickheads, the kids who like to build with Lego bricks.
I love to listen to the young people as they tell the story of their creations. Sometimes there are vehicles, sometimes space stations, and sometimes houses for families to share. Some of the Lego characters are good guys, some are bad guys, and some are aliens or walking skeletons. Or Zombies. Each creation is given a title with the name and age of the artist. Some of the dads and moms have as much fun as the kids as we chat and build. Brickheads is offered every week at 6:30 on Thursday nights for ages 4-14.
I think Brickheads is more than just a fun time. Young people sometimes seem surprised by the good time they’re having without being connected to a device. Conversation happens, and social skills are practiced. Imaginations soar! It’s more important than ever for our children to develop the ability to connect with each other. Sometimes I feel like standing with a loudspeaker telling everyone to “step away from your phone! Step away from your phone!”
Beginner Book Club is a program that is probably more fun for me than for the students. We have been slowly working our way through the C.S. Lewis classic, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” They are conquering a very difficult book and I’m proud of them. The subject matter of this book, coupled with how very British the language is, makes this a challenge. These are readers from grades 1-3, and they have remarkable insights. Beginner Book Club meets once each month, third Thursdays, at 3:00.
Each of these programs has had children “age out” and could use more members, and we have plenty of room for friends to attend together. Both programs will continue through the summer and fall.
Summer will be here before we know it. All of the Meeker County libraries are participating in “Reading by Design.” This reading theme will include a lot of hands on fun. As the summer unfolds, our goal is always to keep children using their reading and math skills. Please encourage your children or grandchildren to be part of “Reading by Design.” Watch for news later in May, and I’ll see you at the library!