Six-year-old Capley Aaron builds with her dad, Jody, during Lego League at the Alabaster Public Library on July 9. (Reporter Photo/Jon Goering)
Six-year-old Capley Aaron builds with her dad, Jody, during Lego League at the Alabaster Public Library on July 9. (Reporter Photo/Jon Goering)

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Library lures kids with Legos

Published 8:30pm Tuesday, July 9, 2013

By STEPHANIE BRUMFIELD / Staff Writer

On Tuesday afternoons, dozens of children flock to the Albert L. Scott public library for its weekly Lego play sessions. The children, who are known as the “Lego League,” range from toddlers to pre-teens and are often found building houses, submarines and other creations.

The Lego League has existed for about three years now and meets weekly during the summer and once per month during the school year, and it attracts a wide range of ages, said Frances Smith, Albert L. Scott’s youth services librarian. Usually, Smith sees anywhere from three to 35 kids in attendance ages two to 12.

At these weekly meetings, Smith often pulls Lego books from the shelves of the library for kids to look at and get ideas, though she says it is mainly “free play.” What she has seen from these weekly meetings is teamwork.

“I see kids cooperating, making new friends and working on group projects,” Smith said. “I think they were already creative, and this just brought it out.”

Rebekah Steelman, an intern at the library who works in the children’s department, said many kids come to the Lego League who don’t come to other library programs.

She enjoys getting to see their different personalities. Some kids, like 4-year-old George Ingrey, come to the library and seem to make the same creation every week. Others, like George’s 10-year-old brother Xander Pineda, make something different each time. This week, he made a submarine.

“I love Legos, and most of these Legos I do not have at my house,” Pineda said. “I lost all of my light sabers.”

Still others, like Reagan Lillich, come to the Lego League to keep up with their siblings. Her older brother Steven comes to the Lego League, and she doesn’t want to be left out.

Today, Reagan has made a house complete with a bathtub, dining table, tea pot, a vase of flowers and a dog.

Kathy Turner, Reagan and Steven’s grandmother, said her grandchildren really enjoy coming to the Lego League.

“They get to play with other kids,” Turner said. “It gives them a break and lets them get out and do something, and they both seem to love it.”

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