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Legos @ the Library: Pushing the boundaries of creativity

Every Legos @ the Library session is a little different.  There are always a few new people and the regulars are always working on something new (or revamping something not so new).  Over the course of the program, there have been many awesome creations.  For some reason, at today’s meeting, I was blown away by the creativity in the room.

Here are just a couple of my favorites from today:

The Titanic:  Before

titanicThe Titanic:  After

the titanic

Here’s a Lego movie theater complete with curtains that open to reveal the movie…which appears to be about garlic 🙂

movie theater

And last, but certainly not least, it’s not everyday you see a Lego coelacanth complete with a tail that really moves!

coelecanthHave a good long weekend, everyone!


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Legos @ the Library: Creative Creations

On this beautiful afternoon that hinted of spring, Lego builders of all ages got together to do their thing!  (Ok, no more rhyming, I promise!)  This Lego session seemed especially creative to me, for some reason.  Maybe the spring air has our minds going in different directions…who knows.  Anyway, here are some photos from today’s Lego group:


Everyone searching for the perfect piece to complete their creations.

DSC02840One Lego builder made this futuristic vehicle.


One Lego builder took one of my challenges and built this bridge in 5 minutes, only using one hand!

Here are some more creative creations:


What is your idea for a creative Lego creation?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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Legos @ the Library: Inspired by books

Anyone who has read Chris Van Dusen’s book, Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit will recognize this Lego creation:

It’s Randy Riley and his home run hitting robot!

Here are a few of the other Lego creations from Friday’s meeting:

A Lego builder works on a state of the art police station.

Here’s a look at the inside of the station.

This ship has a secret compartment!

A close-up of the bow.

A new take on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

I love the idea of making Legos inspired by books.  You could start small with Gerald and Piggie and then move up to creating Hugo’s automaton (from The Invention of Hugo Cabret).  The possibilities are endless!  Which character would you create with Legos?

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Legos @ the Library: Awesome vehicles and houses

Here are some pictures of some great Lego creations from today’s Legos @ the Library meeting:

I bet Star Wars fans can identify this creation.

Here’s a close-up:

Everyone in the future will be driving one of these:

You can drive it, fly it, or use the oars provided if you find yourself near a body of water.  You can scoop things up with the yellow bucket in the back, use the fire in the grey container to light things on fire and the palm tree will keep the sun out of your eyes.  Who could ask for more from a car/plane/boat?

Here’s another great vehicle:

They’re riding in style.

Finally, this would be my dream house if it were life-sized.  It has a beautiful garden and a garage:

This house is home to three owls!

What have you built with Legos lately?

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Legos @ the Library: Summertime Fun!

Here are a few creations from today’s Lego session.  Everyone seemed to have a plan, so we didn’t follow a theme today.

The ultimate skateboarding challenge.


This awesome Lego creation has a few levels.  The section in the back (with the tall tower) is an obstacle course.  The section directly in front of it is the control booth/filming area.  The people going through the obstacle course are being filmed for the movie “Medieval Times”.  There’s also a boat transportation system on the left side of the picture to transport food and water to the crew.

Here’s a side view of the movie set (pictured with one of its creators).


An aerial view of the sinking of the Titanic.

Batman and a cop team up to deal with the evil building behind them.


Attacking from the left, we have the medieval warriors.  Driving in from the right we have the futuristic warriors!  Who will win in the battle of past vs. future?

I guess only time will tell.  But we do know that these Lego builders are just as fierce as the war between the time periods.

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Legos on show at the Ellsworth Public Library

A wide variety of Lego creations have taken over the Ellsworth Public Library’s display case for the rest of the month!  Check out some of the featured pieces:



Kids have responded positively to the display.  One young man told his younger sister that “it took people a long long time to make those things.”  In response to a child’s questions: “why can’t I take the Legos out and play with them?” and “can I buy those?” one of our librarians responded something to the effect of “the Legos are like art.  You can’t touch them, but you can look at them with your eyeballs.” 🙂

The pictures don’t really do the Legos justice, so if you’re an Mainer (or visiting) please stop by the library and check out the display!

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Lego Guessing Game

How to play the Lego Guessing Game

1.  Gather two sets of identical Legos (or one set for each player):

2.  Use some sort of screen to separate the players.  One person builds something, giving instruction as he/she goes.  For example, you might instruct your partner to put the long red skinny piece on top of the white square piece as one step.  The goal is to have two identical structures at the end of the game.

Here’s my finished creation (hidden from my partner):

3.  When the builder is finished building (and giving instructions) the two players compare their creations:

Ok, so, not so identical.  It’s fun (and surprisingly difficult) to attempt to give instructions without any type of visual aid (including gestures).  I played a couple of rounds and found out that I was better at receiving the instructions:

These two are almost the same!  This is a fun game to play when you have some spare time and lots of random Lego pieces.  What are some of your favorite Lego games?

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