Thursday, March 06, 2014

LEGO My Library

What’s the connection between LEGOS, libraries, and books? A recent study by Dorothy Singer, senior research scientist at Yale University’s Department of Psychology and Child Study Center, believes that play contributes to early literacy development by increasing a child’s attention span, memory, creativity, language, and vocabulary skills. Playing also lays the foundation for logical mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem solving- skills needed throughout one’s life. Tactile and kinesthetic learning activities, such as playing with LEGOS, helps increase understanding. In other words, play paves the way for learning.

Recently the Birmingham Public Library invested in our children’s education and learning process by adding LEGOS to our programming. Some of these Library LEGO Learning Sessions have produced such creations as dinosaurs, self-portraits, castles, ships, and more. It’s hard to say who learns the most—the children or adults. So parents, when you see the Birmingham Public Library hosting a LEGO program, don’t think twice, drop everything and rush to the library immediately for LEGO play time (I mean learning time).

For more LEGO fun, check out these books and other LEGO items at your local library.

The LEGO Adventure Book by Megan Rothrock
The LEGO Book by Daniel Lipkowitz
Heroes in Action by Shari Last
The Race for Chi by Amos Ruth
Calling All Master Builders by David Fentiman

Carla Perkins
Avondale Library

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