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The recent in-service days were exciting days in Fort William’s library, where the team run a regular Lego club on Thursdays and Saturdays every week, writes Lucy Tedham.
With the high level of interest, they decided to make the most of the in-service days by hosting an all day ‘buildathon inviting children and their parents to pop into the library and build, with the aim to use as many bricks throughout the day as possible.
Librarian Sally Hughes told us: ‘The buildathon was based on the theme of libraries of the future, in line with an upcoming competition within the Chartered Institute of Librarians.
‘We had some wonderful builds with some libraries being staffed by astronauts which was fun.’
The event ran from 10am until 5.30pm allowing for people to drop in and build for as long or short periods as they liked and was held in the community room so that ordinary library life could continue.
There was a definite buzz in the air with a range of children, mainly of primary age and some younger ones taking part.
The models made are on display throughout the library as there were so
many they quickly outgrew the regular cabinet in the entrance way.
Events like this are a great way to open the library up to more children and some who have not been to the library for a long time.
It is free to become a member and to borrow books. Many children stayed after the Lego building to explore the children’s area which houses an array of books for children in both English and Gaelic.
The toys are also very popular and although the Lego is only available during Lego Club, the Duplo is always in the children’s area.
There are events planned for further in-service days with the next ones in November when there will be a children’s tea party with food and crafts based on much loved children’s books.
*Every year High Life Highland libraries hosts the summer reading challenge and encourages children to take to the library and read a number of books, and in doing so, they are rewarded with stickers and activities.
This year the theme was ‘Space Chase’ which saw children collect stickers which they added to their mission file to discover who had ‘stolen’ all the space books.
Those who completed the challenge received a few activities at the time and then a certificate and medal at the end of the holidays.
Fort William town library held a celebration evening and presented medals to those who had attended followed by a picnic and crafts.
Caol librarian Moria Murphy attended school assemblies to present the certificates. Both Caol and St Columba primary schools had a number of happy students collecting their medals, with one child having read more than 40 library books throughout the holidays.
Overall the event had been the best attended year so far, both libraries run regular groups and activities free of change.