ALSC and LEGO Systems partner to create Junior Maker Spaces

For Immediate Release
Tue, 07/15/2014

Contact:

Joanna Ison
Program Officer for Projects & Partnerships
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
312-280-1398
jison@ala.org

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and LEGO Systems, Inc. are working together to bring Junior Maker Spaces to libraries across the country. This project will focus on giving children ages 4 to 6 areas to make and create in their local libraries.

Beginning in August, librarians can download a free, digital toolkit with information and inspiration to host Junior Maker Sessions via the ALSC website. In addition, 750+ libraries nationwide (15 per state capital) will receive a physical toolkit to host ongoing Junior Maker sessions in children’s reading areas. Each toolkit will include over 10,000 LEGO® bricks, an inspirational poster, activity guide and salient academic insights from the Cultures of Creativity report. Additionally, the partners will co-host Junior Make sessions, as recently held at the Washington, D.C., Mini Maker Faire, in 20 libraries. For further inspiration please watch the Junior Maker video.  

“Children’s librarians have always spearheaded programs and activities that foster young children’s development and as enthusiasm swells for libraries as community maker spaces, it is important that we continue and expand appropriate hands-on experiences for young children,” said Starr LaTronica, immediate past president of ALSC. “We’re thrilled that through our ongoing LEGO partnership we’re able to provide digital and physical tools and inspiration that will allow librarians to deliver age-appropriate ‘make’ experiences to children.”

“Creativity is innate in children across cultures and backgrounds. However, sustaining creativity is universally challenging for parents, teachers and governmental institutions,” said Bo Stjerne Thomsen, director of research and learning, The LEGO Foundation and co-author Cultures of Creativity. “We are failing our children if we do not recognize the crucial role of playing, making and sharing in the development of both the individual human being, and the innovative society.”

ALSC and LEGO Systems are excited to work together to help develop creativity in young children through libraries.


About LEGO Systems, Inc.

LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, a privately-held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark, one of the world's leading manufacturers of creatively educational play materials for children.  The company is committed to the development of children's creative and imaginative abilities, and its employees are guided by the motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk Christiansen: "Only the best is good enough."  Visit the virtual LEGO world at www.LEGO.com

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure and brick and knob configuration are trademarks of The LEGO Group.  ©2014 The LEGO Group.

 

About ALSC
ALSC, a Division of the ALA, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC visit www.ala.org/alsc

Comments

I don't think I saw the answer above, but I was wondering how my library can be chosen to receive a toolkit. We were already planning to create a program with LEGOs, but we could really use that toolkit to get us started! Thanks!

Thank you for your interest. Please see the information below on how the donations are being organized.

We are doing a LEGO program each Monday during the month of July as part of our Monday Maker Space @ The Faxon Branch Library in West Hartford, CT. We provide 2 hours of library camp Mon - Wed to our diverse community in the Elmwood section of WH. We would love to continue this into August with more kids and more LEGOS. And I will blog about it on piperlovesthelibrary.blogspot.com Many thanks for considering us. Jane Breen, Children and Teen Librarian, Faxon Branch, 1073 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT 06110 860-561-8202 Thanks ~ jane

Thank you for your interest. Please see the information below on how the donations are being organized.

We would appreciate consideration for this program. Our library offers Lego programs for our elementary age students. They use library purchased and donated Lego's. Once they each create a structure we place the creations in a glass shelved case for a two week period. We would welcome the opportunity to provide this same programming for our preschool set. The toolkit would get us started. Thank you, Karen Letteriello Co-Manager Children s and Parenting Services Mattituck-Laurel Library Mattituck New York

Thank you for your interest. Please see the information below on how the donations are being organized.

We would be interested in doing this also. Please send me any information on how to get the toolkit. Celia Bandelier, Library Director Roanoke Public Library 314 N. Main Street Suite 120 Roanoke, IN 46783 director@roanoke.lib.in.us 260-672-2989

Thank you for your interest. Please see the information below on how the donations are being organized.

We would be interested in doing this also. Please send me any information on how to get the toolkit. Celia Bandelier, Library Director Roanoke Public Library 314 N. Main Street Suite 120 Roanoke, IN 46783 director@roanoke.lib.in.us 260-672-2989

Thank you for your interest in the Junior Maker Space project. The 750 donated kits are intended to be donated to libraries in and around the State Capitol of each state (15 per state). We are currently in the process of contacting a librarian in each capitol and requesting that he/she assist in distributing the kits throughout that area. We will have a free toolkit available online in August that will assist libraries in creating their own Jr. Maker Spaces. We are also hoping to make other resources available in the future through this project. We hope that you find these resources useful in your community. Please contact Joanna Ison, ALSC’s Program Officer for Projects and Partnerships, with any questions at jison@ala.org.