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Lego Makerspace at Niagara Library
Issue Date: August 22, 2019
When asked what she likes about Legos, Jesse Hirte, age 8, didn't hesitate. "I like building with them and playing with them." Jesse, pictured above with her brother, Gatlin, 5 years old, enjoys building with the Legos whenever she comes to the library.
Legos at the library? Yes! The Niagara Public Library recently created a Lego Makerspace which includes an Epic Lego Wall, a few books with building ideas, storage bins shaped like giant Legos, challenge cards, and of course, plenty of Legos. The items for the Makerspace were purchased thanks to a grant from the Nicolet Federated Library System's 2019 Library Improvement & Innovation Grant, which funds programs in the areas of workforce development, lifelong learning, and/or technology.
Jackie Tripp, Niagara's Assistant Librarian, noticed something magical. "The kids will sit together, sometimes four at a time, at a table and work quietly together. They praise each other's work and collaborate on ideas. It's a joy to see." In fact, the name Lego comes to us from the phrase "leg godt" which means "play well" in Danish. Legos originated in Denmark back in 1934.