Local libraries embrace literacy through LEGO 0
Representatives from the libraries in Hastings Highlands, Bancroft and Carlow-Mayo met with local dignitaries to celebrate the announcement of the libraries successful joint Trillium grant application. The funding was in the amount of $15,000 for the libraries to purchase LEGO and books as part of the Literacy through Lego program. Using LEGO with children/youth or DUPLO with seniors, staff and volunteers will have participants use the blocks to problem solve or build items that directly relate to the books or literature they are sharing for the day.
Hastings Highlands public library CEO Kim McMunn stressed how wonderful the partnership between the three libraries has been and how excited they are to continue their work together. The three libraries came together to think about creative ways to help build literacy, numeracy and social skills in their communities. When they started to research new forms of educational programming, LEGO/DUPLO products rose to the top of the pile as a meaningful and cost effective way of engaging children, youth or seniors and their families.
Students from the Grade 1 class at Maynooth Public School emphasized how effective the program will likely be when they quietly shuffled into the library and began connecting the new building blocks into all sorts of imaginative creations.
“It is really neat to see the effect that LEGO has on kids,” said MPP for Prince Edward-Hastings County Todd Smith.
“I have heard of all sorts of professional groups that use LEGO for team building at corporate conferences so this program is not just about toys for kids.”
CEO of the Bancroft Public Library Vanessa Holm agrees.
“Many libraries have introduced LEGO into their kids’ programming, we are taking this one step further by using LEGO in literacy-related activities,” said Holm.
Spokesperson for the OntarioTrillium Foundation Jim Roulston, like everyone else in attendance was amazed to see how quickly the children became enthralled with the LEGO building blocks. He also expressed how inspired he is to see how effectively the local libraries have been working together for the betterment of the community.
“What I find impressive and really quite touching is how hard these three libraries are working to find different ways to encourage those in the community that need this support,” said Roulston. “What we are celebrating today is an investment that will change the face of the community, a legacy that will have a lasting impact on all of us. Simply put, what they are doing here is truly amazing.”