Hundreds attend library’s Lego Christmas event

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Nearly 300 children, along with their parents/guardians, attended the McIver’s Grant Public Library annual Christmas event. This year the event was titled ‘A Lego Christmas’ with Lego-themed games and crafts available for all attendees.
State Gazette photos/ Brandon Hutcheson

BRANDON HUTCHESON

bhutcheson@stategazette.com

On Monday evening, nearly 300 local children, parents and guardians attended the annual Christmas event at McIver’s Grant Public Library. Held from 5:30-6:30 p.m., this year’s theme was ‘A Lego Christmas’, and children enjoyed various games, crafts, as well as an opportunity to meet Santa Claus and Lego Man.

Those attending the event were divided into 4 groups, which rotated through 4 separate stations.

Those who attended were divided into four groups, which rotated through 4 stations. Stations included musical Legos (above) and an opportunity to meet and speak with Santa Claus (below).

The first station was comprised of multiple tables filled with the classic building blocks where attendees would play musical Legos. As the music played, children would walk around their selected table. Once the music stopped, they would add or take away Legos to an existing structure that was constructed by a child on a previous turn.

Making his way from the North Pole was Santa Claus, who occupied the second station. Saint Nick was on hand to talk to children about their Christmas wish list, and parents were given the opportunity to take photos of their children with Santa. For those children who were waiting, or not quite sure about seeing Santa up close, they could play pin-the-nose-on-Rudolph or other games at the station.

Santa wasn’t the only special guest at the library on Monday. Lego Man was also present inside the Kids Zone Reading Room greeting children and parents and taking pictures.

Following the opportunity to meet Santa, children visited the craft station, established in the library’s Kids Zone, being led by members of the Junior Auxiliary of Dyer County. The craft of the evening was a Lego-themed Christmas tree. For those who completed their craft early, they were given an opportunity to play Lego-oon, where the object of the game was to carry a Lego piece in a spoon and place the piece in a cup without it falling.

The Junior Auxiliary of Dyer County led the craft station. Children were given the opportunity to make their very own Lego Christmas tree ornament.

The final station consisted children having the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Lego Man. Lego Man was stationed in the Kids Zone Reading Room with the library’s own Lara Freidhof. Other Lego-themed games were in the reading room, such as stack the Lego cups, Lego toss, among others.

The Lego-themed cup stacking game was one of many activities available for those in attendance.

A special prize was also given away to 3-year-old Zach Wilson who had the closest guess to how many Lego pieces were in the library’s Lego jar. Zach believed there were 350 pieces. He was only off by 1 piece as the jar contained 351. Guesses ranged from 76-20,000 pieces.

“We had the best time kicking off the Christmas season with a little Lego fun on Monday, Dec. 3,” said Vanessa Cain, McIver’s Grant Public Library director of Youth and Children Services. “McIver’s Grant Public Library was blessed to have so many members of the community show up to share their time and talents with us. There is no way we could host programs like ‘A Lego Christmas’ without these dedicated volunteers.”

McIver’s Grant Public Library would like to thank the following volunteers for their efforts with the event: Jeff Jones, Dyersburg and Dyer County High School students, Junior Auxiliary of Dyer County, Jordan Willis (decorations), Friends of the Library, and the McIver’s Grant Library Board.

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