The Coastal Branch Library’s Lego Club has much to be grateful for this week after receiving a few generous donations from the community.

"After The Sun did the story on the club last week, Beverly and Donnie Dowdy came in and donated 12 bins of Lego pieces," said Library Manager Linda Thompson. "They had wheels, gears, monster-looking characters — even a motor with a battery pack."

Adding to the haul, a donation of Duplo blocks — the Lego brand geared toward toddlers — was brought in. Barnes and Noble even contributed with Hobbit Lego sets.

"Is that too cool or what?" Thompson said.

The donations will help accommodate the growing number of kids that attend the weekly club. Thompson said she'd also like to use the club as an opportunity to expand the children's interest in engineering, robotics and construction.

"We'd love to partner with 4H extension office, where they have a Lego and Robotics Club," said Thompson.

The library's Lego club also builds communication skills for children, learning to share and work together on projects. And it provides a free, after-school activity for kids that doesn't involve a television or computer screen.

The Lego Club meets every Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Coastal Branch Library, located at 437 Greenway Trail. Head there early for Tail Waggin' Tutors beginning at 3 p.m. Stay after to read a few Lego books the library ordered special for the club. For more information about the Lego Club and other library programs, call 267-2809.