It was about six months ago when a South Florida Eagle Scout dropped off his gently used lot of Legos to the Coastal Branch Library. He had started his own Lego Club through the scouts and wanted to pass it along to kids who would make use of the small, plastic bricks. Library Manager Linda Thompson happily took in the buckets of Legos and started the library's first Lego Club.
"It's very encouraging," Thompson said. "It brings young boys and girls together."
The library has already ordered some Lego books for early readers in hopes to encourage participants to come early or stay after the group and check out a book or two.
Kids sprawl out in the community center to create their own Lego masterpieces, giving parents an hour to relax and watch or play along.
"We don't do television or video games during the week," explained one mom, Katie Watson. "This is cool way for kids to unwind after school."
The Lego Club meets every Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and averages about 20 to 30 kids from ages four to 10. To accommodate the growing group, the library is asking for those who have unused Legos at home to donate them to the Coastal Branch Library Lego Club. Donations can be dropped off during normal business hours at 437 Greenway Trail.