Lego has been a staple in the world of games ever since it was invented in 1949.
“Lego never gets old, never,” said Tara McKay, who works in program services at the library.
The monthly Lego Free Play continues to be a hit at the John M. Cuelenaere Library, where children and their adults are welcome come got to the library for the Lego Free Play.
Children of several different ages come from around the city to take part in the free Lego sessions that happen about once a month.
While a child may show up not knowing anyone, it rarely stays that way for long.
“They make friends … next thing you know, by the end of the session they got new friends,” she said.
“You don’t have to worry about cleaning it up after or losing pieces stepping on them days later,” McKay said.
Usually about 15 kids come in to puzzle together their creations, plus their adults.
Alison and Trent Gillespie come for the Lego Free Play session regularly with their two daughters.
“There’s always a variety of different programming, good for a variety of different ages,” Alison said.
As they have one child just under three and one five-year-old that type of variety works for them.
The Gillespie family also comes for the books, Trent said.
“They are readers … we try to come once a week, or at least once every two weeks (to the library),” Trent said.
If there is a play or story session happening that day then they will stick around for it, he added.
Danielle Renaud brings her grandchildren, Ashtynn and Emery Chester, as often as possible.
“We try to make it every day,” Renaud said.
“They love it,” she added.
Lego sessions are free of charge. They begin at 2:30 p.m. and go on until about 4 p.m. on select Saturdays.
All the children’s programs are free and there are things going on every week, both on the weekend and during the week.
Events at the library are very diverse both in terms of type as well as the ages they serve. From book-readings for children and adults, to movie nights, to computer classes, to Lego sessions and creative writing sessions for tweens and teenagers to craft sessions for all ages as well as Reading with the Raiders, the library has something for many a curious mind. It even hosts club meetings for lovers of Anime.
For more information about their monthly or weekly drop in sessions, visit their website at www.jmcpl.ca