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Library seeks to build Lego Club for area children

Do you know an elementary school child who loves building with Legos? The Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library is launching a special LEGO Club in February for those children — ages 5 and up — who fit that description.

The Lego Club will meet once a month for four months and begins with its first meeting Saturday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. The program will continue through its final meeting in May.

“We had 25 spots and 8 of them are already filled,” Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library Director Katrina Stokes said.

Stokes said she heard of other libraries in Mississippi hosting these clubs, but particularly had help from the Pike-Amite-Walthall Library System.

“They really helped me get information on the program and taught me the specifics of what they do, how they organize the whole thing,” Stokes said. “I was sent materials on how to get started which helped me get an idea on what other supplies I needed to get items such as trays and baseplates for the children to build on.”

The library will hold two clubs, the one that begins in February and another later in the year for children who were unable to participate in the first session.

“Our second club will run from August to November,” Stokes said. “We want to make sure as many kids as possible get the chance to participate. If we have a successful outcome we will continue with this club in the upcoming years.”

She added the club is free of charge and ties in with the library’s core mission.

“As a public library, we enjoy being able to host free events for kids in our community,” she said. “We are lucky to provide our programs, events and activities at no cost to the public.”

Stokes encourages parents to visit the library, 700 Veto St., to sign their children up for the program.

“This is a free program in a safe environment that is meant to offer parents a chance to engage in a very fun activity with their child,” she said. “It is a great time spent bonding with their child with something that they both might be interested in.”

For more information on the program, call (601) 636-6411.

This story was written by Ann Wallace DeRossette, a senior at Warren Central High School and an intern for The Vicksburg Post.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Stokes received information on the LEGO club from a library in Indianapolis. We apologize for the error.