Fall 2013 OYAN Review: LEGO Time

by Teena Nelson, Driftwood Library

LEGO TimeDriftwood Public Library in Lincoln City has created multi-generation LEGO group meetings. What began as a need for rainy day activity in the library (with a generous donation of random LEGO and bionicle parts), soon became a regular Saturday free play, a family night every 3 months, visits to afternoon senior groups, LEGO robotics teams and more.

A great part of a LEGO play date is the visiting teen group who program their LEGO robots for Robotics teams and personal use. They do demonstrations with robotics and computer programming techniques, as well as assist kids in building the ‘challenge of the day’ during LEGO free play.

A LEGO visit to the Dorchester senior living home in Lincoln City, with assistance from our library outreach coordinator, included an interested group of seniors who built and conversed with all ages in cooperative building in the common room of the center. Ideas and creations ranged from mining and logging to homes and house building to demonstrations of how LEGO robotics work with computers and kid power.

Future scheduled LEGO meetings include teens in the Lincoln City Senior Center demonstrating LEGO Robotics, free play at Lakeshore assisted living, Saturday free play and family nights in the library which include all ages.

For more information feel free to contact Teena Nelson: tnelson@driftwoodlib.org.