On July 13, the library had their last activity time for the summer. Krystal Carr read the story, The Fix-It Man to 10 children. After the story they had the opportunity to see what it was like to be an engineer. Using legos and a computer, they worked together to accomplish a goal of making a robot and getting it to move. Thank you Krystal for the fun activities this summer.

Clowning Around!

On July 10, Janie Score entertained the children with the book, Sweet Dreams, Clown-Around! The story is about the Clown-Around family and their busy and exciting day. The children then dressed up like clowns with a collar they colored, a hat, and finally a big red nose. While dressed up like clowns they played some games and also were treated with some clown toys that Janie Score’s children used to play with.

How Big Is Your Brain?

The “brain” was the topic for activity time on July 6, 2017. Krystal Carr from the Antelope County Extension Office presented the activity to 11 children. After reading the book entitled Ideas All Around Krystal quizzed the kids on the brain. They discussed things such as the size of the brain, the left and right sides of the brain and their functions. They also talked about concussions. The kids were then given “a brain” and various materials to design and build something to protect it.

Pete the Cat and the Magic Sunglasses

Can wearing sunglasses make your day better? To help answer that question Jeanine Jochum and Tenley Schindler read Pete the Cat and the Magic Sunglasses.In this book, Pete the Cat wakes up feeling grumpy—nothing seems to be going his way. But with the help of some magic sunglasses, Pete learns that a good mood has been inside him all along. The kids learned that you can take your positive outlook and transform a grumpy day into an awesome day just like Pete. The children also had fun frosting,decorating and eating graham crackers and coloring pictures of Pete the Cat. Each child was given a pair of sunglasses to help them remember to have a great day!

The Fix-It Man

Lauren Seier and Buddy were once again a big hit at story time. She read The Fix-It Man to 19 children. The book introduced them to Joshua James, the fix-it man. If he can’t fix it, no one can! This playful read-aloud story was sure to inspire Elgin’s young inventors. The children then used their creativity to invent and build with Legos.

She Persisted

Our guest readers for June 28 were Kyndal and Baylee Busteed. They read the book, She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton. It was about thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer and went on to achieve their dreams. Some of the children’s dreams were to be a farmer, inventor, fireman, and engineer. Following the story the children went outside and had a fun time blowing bubbles.

The Mixed-Up Truck

On June 26, Lane and Sharon Bartak read The Mixed-Up Truck to 28 children. The book is about Cement Mixer’s first day on the job and he doesn’t want to make any mistakes. How can he help the other trucks on the construction site? By mixing some powdery white cement, of course! He mixes it up, adds a little water, and presto . . . a cake?! He’ll keep trying until he gets it right. In the process he learns that making mistakes is not always a bad thing. The children also enjoyed making Fourth of July cards and playing Firecracker, Firecracker, Boom aka Duck, Duck, Goose.

Lego Guy

Curtis Mork, also known as the Lego Guy, visited the Elgin Community Center on Friday, June 23 as part of the Elgin Public Library’s summer reading program. He spent time teaching and interacting with approximately 50 kids. He shared the history of Legos, from their beginnings in Denmark 60 years ago to the current and popular sets we have today.

After a brief lesson on the background of Legos, Mork allowed the kids a chance to design and build their own Lego creations. They were also able to take time to browse the various sets Mork built himself, including various Lego City buildings and pieces of construction equipment.

Mr. Mork has been a Lego fan since age 6 and has collected more than 500 sets of Legos, including Star Wars and Lego City. He spends much of the summer traveling the Midwest doing presentations and interactive workshops.
The Lego Guy was sponsored by the Elgin Public Library which was one of many libraries in Northeast Nebraska that Mr. Mork has visited this summer.