Children to trade books for Lego blocks

HARLINGEN — Children will be trading books for Lego blocks at the library this summer and use their imagination to bring the blocks to life.

“It’s the first time we are trying something with Legos,” said Laura Garza, Harlingen Public Library youth services librarian. “I’m really excited to see the creativity and the type of engineering concepts the children will create with Legos.”

The library youth activity program is called Lego Library and is scheduled for June 23 at 1:30 p.m. and July 7 and 21 at the same time.

Children of all ages are invited to visit the library and build anything they want with Lego building blocks. The library intends to display the creations.

Garza said she had read about other libraries using Legos for children’s activities to promote science, technology, engineering and math.

“I just come up with ideas and see how the library guests are interested before I create programs with Legos or similar types of toys,” Garza said.

She said there will be different sizes of Legos available so anyone can participate.

“We are inviting kids of all ages to come to the library to create their own little Lego worlds,” she said. “Each week, after they create their designs, we will display them here at the library until the next session.”

Legos were first introduced as interlocking building blocks in 1949 by a wooden toys maker in Denmark.

The largest Lego model ever displayed was a Star Wars X-Wing Fighter plane made from 5 million Lego bricks. It was displayed in New York City in May 2013.

There are endless possibilities to what can be created with the multicolored Lego bricks.

Harlingen Public Library potentially could be on the verge of displaying something big and fantastic made out of Legos.

“Different age groups can come,” Garza said. “We have all types of Legos.”