By Jeremy Wallace
TROY — The Troy-Miami County Library sponsored “Lego Fun Day” on Thursday where the only limit to what a child could build is their imagination.
The program was designed for children in grades first through fifth and is done once per quarter. They have one hour to create anything they want. When the children have completed their projects, they are displayed in the children’s section of the library. This has been an active library program for children for the past four years.
“This is a great alternative to electronic activities because the children interact with each other face-to-face,” Olive Wagar, organizer and children’s assistant, said.
The children could choose from thousands of different Legos to build anything they want in an unstructured play environment. The Legos were donated by Olive’s son, Joe Wagar, who now resides in Austin, Texas. He started collecting them when he was 4 and he is now in his late 20s.
“This is a fun way to develop imagination, thinking skills, problem solving and social interaction,” Wagar said.
Wagar said this was the first thing she thought of as an alternative to electronics because her son collected and played with Legos when he was young.
“I’m making a battle zone, I make a lot of things at my house because my room is filled with Legos,” Carter Robbins, 10, said.
Each child was asked to come 15 minutes early, present their ticket with their name on it and at the end of the session one name would be drawn for a prize.
“The program will return sometime in September, but will only be offered in the evenings when the children are out of school,” Nancy Hargrove, children’s director, said.
For more information on this and other programs the library has to offer, visit their website at www.troypubliclibrary.org, or stop in at 419 W. Main St., Troy.
Jeremy Wallace can be reached at 937-552-2199 or follow him on Twitter @TroyDailyNews