Budding builders do their blocks

BUDDING young builders and engineers will now be able to construct a range of machines and structures every month as part of Wellington Shire Libraries’ Lego @ Your Library program, which will run during school terms.

Officially launched by Wellington Shire mayor Scott Rossetti at Sale Community Library on Wednesday the fun and creative program will provide children with structured play events where they will be encouraged to not only build with LEGO bricks but to also read books or visit websites dedicated to the craft.

“The LEGO program has been constructed to encourage learning and development of social and literacy skills in primary-age children and has been proven beneficial in libraries across the world,” Cr Rossetti said.

“LEGO develops building blocks for the imagination, installing curiosity and delight in both children and adults as to what can be created,” he added.

The theme for the program’s first month is LAUNCH, with children provided with instructions for assembling a range of rockets and spaceships.

Laying the foundations for the initiative, Sale Rotary Club donated $2319.60 worth of Lego to the libraries, providing each with its own set.

However, despite Rotary’s generous efforts, the Lego bricks at each library fall short of the 40 billion it would require to reach the moon.

“We would love to build up our Lego supplies and are seeking donations from the community,” Cr Rossetti said.

“Donations can be made at any Wellington Shire Council library or customer service centre.”

Children are encouraged to wash and sanitise their hands before playing with the LEGO to spare library staff the time consuming task of washing it after every session.

Sessions start at 4pm on selected days.

Sale library will run its LEGO club on the first Wednesday of the month, Rosedale will follow on the first Thursday of every month, Maffra’s Lego club will operate on the third Thursday of the month, Stratford’s will run on the fourth Friday of the month and the Heyfield LEGO club will take place on the last Wednesday on the month.

Yarram’s Lego program will start on the first Monday in October, but this is subject to change.

Some branches may need more than one session depending on demand.

Monthly Lego day dates will be posted at local library branches, on the Wellington Shire website and updated weekly in the Wellington News update printed in the Gippsland Times.