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Kids get creative in Lego Club

Posted: November 26, 2013 - 4:25pm
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Seven-year-old Stephen Pellegrino (right) looks at his Lego creation as he plays with 6-year-old Robbie Murphy (left) during a Lego Club meeting at the Nancy Carson Library on Friday, November 22, 2013 in North Augusta, South Carolina. Sara Caldwell/staff   Sara Caldwell
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Seven-year-old Stephen Pellegrino (right) looks at his Lego creation as he plays with 6-year-old Robbie Murphy (left) during a Lego Club meeting at the Nancy Carson Library on Friday, November 22, 2013 in North Augusta, South Carolina. Sara Caldwell/staff

Joshua Pellegrino, 6, likes to build race cars and fire trucks while his brother Stephen, 8, likes trains. Robbie Murphy, also 6, said his favorite thing to build is a death star. He loves all things Star Wars.

What these children have in common is they love Legos and they all belong to the Lego Club that meets the last Friday of every month, except for June and July because of summer reading, at Nancy Carson Library. The club met Friday because of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Children’s Librarian Assistant Renee Burton said she started out assigning projects but that didn’t work so well, so now the kids just build whatever they prefer.

“It’s very informal,” she said of the club. “The kids come and show me or ask me to come and look at what they built. Some parents come and sit or offer input.”

She said the club was the idea of children’s coordinator Rachel Pirkle at ABBE Libraries’ headquarters.

“She told us about it and I thought it was a good idea. Legos have been around a long time and children still love them. I thought it was a good way to get boys involved. It helps build spatial learning and imagination,” said Burton.

She started soliciting donations to begin the club about 18 months ago and then she received a huge donation from a person in North Augusta.

The club is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, although the age limit is not strictly enforced. The important thing is for kids to enjoy themselves, she said. It averages eight to 10 children in attendance.

Joshua and Stephen’s older brother, Michael, 13, likes to come with them.

“I like to build things and I help them,” he said.

Their mother, Brenda Pellegrino, said they live only 10 minutes away and it’s a good way to keep the children active.

“It beats watching a lot of TV,” she said. “They play a lot at home. I try to encourage them to keep busy.”

Robbie is what one might call a Lego “champ.”

He has built a Lone Ranger set, a windmill, an airplane and a dancing bird with a motor.

His grandmother, Bonnie Whatley, said he loves playing with Legos.

“That’s what he has asked for as one of his Christmas gifts,” she said. “He loves to come here and he also likes going to the Midland Valley Academy Lego Club on Tuesdays. And on Sunday afternoons, from 3 to 5, he goes to Aiken Tech Lego Club.”

Upcoming library events: Mrs. Claus will visit on Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m. and again on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. There will be storytelling and children can have their pictures taken. On Dec. 20, “All Aboard the Christmas Express” will take place at the library with songs, storytelling and refreshments. The times are 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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