By Frank Lewis
One boy knew exactly what bricks he needed to put together a boat. Another boy was just thumbing through the colorful stack to see how creative he could be. It was LEGO day Saturday at the Portsmouth Public Library.
“From what I’ve noticed from listening to their conversations, it seems like they just come in and look at them and start going,” Kandace Baker, a youth services assistant, said. “I’ve never really heard them say that they’re going to build anything specific when they start.”
The table was full and the turnout good the way the folks at the library like it when they stage something special for children.
“Not bad at all,” Baker said. “So far we’re up to 20 and there’s still room for people to come in and play. We leave them out till 3 (p.m.).”
Among the participants, some kids receive some assistance from some adults who come with them. For example, Shay Norman was getting some help from Dennis Conley.
Is it the same old crowd or does it differ from month to month?
“We get a lot of new people but we do see a lot of familiar faces at regular programs like this,” Baker said.
LEGO is a line of plastic construction toys that are manufactured by The LEGO Group, a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company’s flagship product, 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.
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