"This is a wonderful way for families to do something together,"
said children's library director Louella Moreland.
"In the summer we like to promote family events by saying, ‘Come
in and get cool,' but now we tell them to come in and stay warm,"
Mrs. Moreland said. "It works either way, and it seems to have
worked well for today, since it's cold and very wintry outside."
Thirteen families attended the Saturday morning activity.
Families could bring their own Legos or use sets provided by the
library. Either way, preregistration is the key to an organized
"We had some people call this morning and ask if they could
attend, but we had to turn them down," Mrs. Moreland said.
"Unfortunately, there were two or three families who registered
and didn't show up. We don't know that will happen until after
everyone has arrived," she continued.
"Registration is important because we have to set up tables for
each family and have Lego sets ready for anyone who needs them. We
also have refreshments for everyone and need to know how many people
to prepare for." Other considerations are the fire marshal's
building occupancy limits and basic space allowances for tables and
The library also hosts a Family Reading Night in November and
every Thursday during the reading program in the summer.
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The Lego event on Saturday was definitely a fun activity for
everyone who attended. Smiles, laughter and murmurs of conversation
filled the library's Annex. Tables were filled with spaceships, a
vintage gas station, a pink house, castle, library and other
buildings. The event was noncompetitive -- everyone was a winner for
sharing time with family.
A drawing was held with three Lego sets awarded. Refreshments
were served after the morning's activity.
[By MARLA BLAIR]