“If you have the right pieces and let your imagination run free, you can build anything,” the 8-year-old said.
Bo is one of several children who participate in the LEGO Club at the Nancy Carson Library. The club, geared toward children in kindergarten through fifth grade, had its first meeting in February and meets monthly on the last Friday of the month.
The idea for a LEGO Club came up during a meeting last year with other libraries in the Aiken-Bamberg-Barnwell-Edgefield Regional Library System when the head children’s librarian mentioned it, said Renee Burton, the children’s assistant at Nancy Carson Library.
“I thought it was a great idea, so we decided we would give it a try here,” she said. “It’s something fun that both boys and girls enjoy. It’s a chance for them to be creative.”
At each meeting, the children create things related to the meeting’s theme, which is picked during the previous meeting by participants. At the club’s first meeting, the theme was Knights in Shining Armor.
Bo decided he would build a castle and a horse-drawn carriage to go along with the theme. His father, Bob, watched and filled in on a “consulting/subcontractor role” when Bo gave him something to help with, he said.
“I think it’s great that they can get together and create things. Even though they build things on their own, they go around and see what each other built and give comments and encourage each other,” Bob said.
Olivia O’Shields, 6, also enjoys building things with LEGOs. Her favorite thing to build is garages.
She created a building with trees and people around it with the help of her father, Michael. She also kept a careful watch on what was going where and even gave guidance to her father as they built it. Her father took the guidance with a smile and made the corrections.
“It’s fun just being here with her and spending time with her,” he said.
“It’s me and daddy day,” she added excitedly as she placed people figures on the LEGO mat.
Participation in the club is free and the LEGOs, which were collected through donations, are provided by the library for the club meetings, Burton said.
The next meeting will be at 4 p.m. April 27 in the library. For more information about the LEGO Club, contact Burton at (803) 279-5767.