Portsmouth Public Library invites LEGO creativity this Saturday


By Frank Lewis

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If you can imagine it, you can most likely build it with LEGO blocks — and kids 12 and under will get a chance to let their imaginations go wild this Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Portsmouth Public Library.

“We have a large collection of LEGOS that we got through staff and patron donations,” Candace Baker, a youth services assistant, said. “And we just basically let the kids come in and just create whatever they want individually or together as a group.”

Baker said sometimes they do themes if something special such as a holiday is going on or a popular new movie that has captured the interest of children, is coming out.

Baker said the children are given about an hour to complete their project and then it will be dismantled and the blocks will be ready for next month’s program, which is usually held on the last Saturday of each month.

“I, myself cannot build anything but a wall with LEGOS,” Baker said. “These kids sit down and put together these things that actually move. We actually had a little boy last month that made a really neat catapult that we were playing with and I thought it was really neat.”

Baker said pre-registration is not required, kids can just walk into the library to participate.

LEGO consists of colorful interlocking plastic bricks accompanying an array of gears, figurines called minifigures, and various other parts. LEGO pieces can be assembled and connected in many ways, to construct objects such as vehicles, buildings, and working robots. Anything constructed can then be taken apart again, and the pieces used to make other objects.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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