Within 24 hours of its unveiling, the Wallkill Public Library’s new Lego wall was already peppered with creations: a snowman, a woodland scene, a red heart, the words “BUILD!” and “snow” in multi-colored letters.
The wall was installed just in time for national Take Your Child to the Library Day, which was held last Saturday. Children hunched over books, played on the Lego wall, munched on snacks, and sprawled out on the children room’s carpet to build elaborate creations from buckets of Legos.
The national day coincided with the library’s regularly scheduled Lego club, held on the first Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Children’s Programs Coordinator Tara Laiosa said children in the Lego club are provided with the Legos to either build their own creations or build something from a challenge card. Their projects are then displayed in the upstairs display case for the whole month.
Laiosa said the Lego club encourages kids to use their imaginations, fosters their creativity and develops their fine motor skills. Kids enjoy the freedom in being able to create whatever they want.
“They love to build and it’s something the library can provide at no cost to them,” Laiosa said. “They don’t have to have a set and it teaches them that you can have fun with something that doesn’t come exactly in a box from a store.”
The Lego wall makes this activity accessible for children during all library hours, not just the hours the Lego club meets.
Wallkill Library patron Scot Kurbick said his children get excited to attend Lego club. It fosters their creative thinking, problem solving and socialization with other children.