Saturday, January 30, 2010

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Lego Tournament Highlights

We had a fantastic turnout for the Library's first LEGO Tournament today! Boys, girls, Moms, Dads, Grandparents were all creating unusual, unique, and fun projects. Lots of participants talked together and shared ideas, parents networked, and everyone stuffed themselves with the muffins Ms. Linda baked. It was quite a sight to see so many young people and adults working together in our library. And think about the creativity it took to complete some of these projects!

A team of four boys showed us the robots they built and programmed for competitions. They also talked about what was expected at meets, and shared their skit that was part of the work the presented. It was amazing the to see their robots knock down walls, pick up rings, and move around the competition board. They would love to see some parents organize a local team, as there are very few small town, Central Illinois teams. I have information at the Library for anyone interested. Just stop by my office.

Thank you all for sharing your morning to make this event a success. We certainly will plan to have another LEGO Day in the future. If you have any suggestions or comments, just email me or tell me about them the next time you come to the Library.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Read to an Animal Afternoon Returns

The Logan County Humane Society is returning to the Library with another Read to an Animal Afternoon on February 4 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM. They will hopefully be bringing adoptable animals and certainly will answer any questions you may have about pet adoption. Our last reading afternoon was so much fun! The animals loved having boys and girls read to them, sharing lots of hugs (and even sloppy kisses). This is a great way to have young readers practice orally while having a great time as well. Please call 732-5732 to register.

Lego Tournament Update

A competing Lego team of boys and parent coaches will be at our Lego Tournament on January 30 to display their robot and answer questions on how to start teams. This group has been meeting and competing for the past year in Central Illinois. They will share their experiences starting at 10:30 AM while refreshments are being served. You do not have to be signed up for our tournament to come hear them speak. Wouldn't it be great if we could have more Lego Tournament days at the Library and perhaps help form a competing team of our own?!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Lego Tournament January 30!

Have you seen the new window display of the Library Annex? We are "Loving Lego" this month. Building with Lego blocks is such a great and imaginative way to spend time during the cold winter weather! So after visiting the Lego Store at Disneyland last March and reading articles about libraries holding Lego Tournaments, I asked the Youth Services' staff to plan an event here. Have we been busy!

On January 30th, 9 - 11 AM the Youth Service Department at the Library will hold a Lego Tournament for individuals, teams, and/or families. We are not setting an age category for this event as we would encourage whole families to build something together. Parents need to use their judgement on whether to bring small children with their older ones, as Lego blocks can be a choking hazard.

You may use your own Legos or ones that are here. Some projects may be started at home and completed here. (See the guidelines sheet.) We are asking that attendees pre-register by January 25 and pick up guidelines for the event. (We will know which room space is needed.)

Building time will be from 9:00 - 10:30. Refreshments will be provided during the judging between 10:30 and 11:00. Prizes will be awarded a little before 11:00. You do not have to compete in the judging if you do not wish to do so. Just come and have fun.

Teen Youth Advisory Council Meeting

We will have a meeting January 13 at 3:30 in the Library Annex to discuss ideas for a spring activity for teens. This meeting is open to any teen who wishes to participate. We need your ideas to make these events ones that will be exciting and supported by the teens in Lincoln. Your input is valuable to us and your peers. If you are planning to apply for National Honor Society or need volunteer hours for other organizations, it is a great way to be of service to your community. Please help us keep the library a great place for teens. Come share! Bring a friend!