Building Beautiful Stories, Piece by Piece
By Arlington Public Library
Posted on July 01, 2015, July 01, 2015


Arlington tweens had a chance this summer to create stories and then custom-build them, piece by piece. The public library offered a new program in June, Lego Club: Superhero Edition. Using Lego's Story Starter kits, participants collaborated in small groups to create unique stories of their own design. To match Summer Reading Club 2015's theme, the stories each featured good guys, bad guys, and the triumph of good over evil.

The program kicked off with a quick practice session to let the tweens start building story scenes with Legos. The students used the story of Little Red Riding Hood as a starting point, choosing to build scenes from the fairy tale , or in some cases, speculate on what they think should happen next in the story.

The next step was to start creating their own stories. Each group's members brainstormed together, telling each other their stories, each adding in something different and new. When a story's beginning, middle and end were set, the participants decided how to convey the message of their stories through scenes constructed with Legos.

Pictures were taken of each completed story scene and combined together into a comic book style pages. The goal of the Lego Club program is to support literacy and teach participants about story structure and elements while using the fun and creativity of Legos. Arlington Public Library is planning to provide more Lego-based programs in the future.

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