The LEGO Club is expanding this summer!

The LEGO Club is expanding at the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) this summer thanks to a generous donation to this constructive program.

Ms. Sandra Goldner wanted to see more LEGO sets at the locations with the most children within the system and decided to make a donation to the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, which is the major non-profit supporting the Library for over 30 years.

“LEGOs are a timeless, wholesome source of enjoyment and education in this era where so many toys are automated and computerized,” wrote Ms. Goldner via email about her donation to the San Antonio Public Library Foundation (SAPLF).

And helping children has been an interest of Ms. Goldner for several years, recruiting foster parents for abused and neglected children for  the DPS Foster Home Program, volunteering for the Make-A-Wish Program and actively attending several benefit events at the Foundation. A flyer at the Parman Branch Library gave her the idea for her first donation to the Library Foundation, inspiring her to think “what a great program – maybe I can help!”

Public libraries have a positive impact, touching many lives in communities where those serve as a beacon of culture and public engagement through information and community programs.  Ms. Goldner and her son enjoyed the programs that the San Antonio Public Library had to offer.

“My son and I took advantage of library programs regularly when he was young, so I am pleased to be able to give back in this way that I hope will benefit many other children.”

According to Library Foundation President Tracey Ramsey Bennett, Library staff is consistently finding cost-effective and innovative ways to engage patrons through additional avenues of learning while meeting budgetary challenges that affect programming.

“Knowing this, the Library Foundation created a fund that is designated for ‘mini grant making’ on an as needed basis to these branches,” said Bennett.

“We are seeing free programming needs at the Library increase.”

Children programming benefit from donations to the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club. Additionally, programs such as monthly movie nights, author readings, story times, branch openings and partnerships among others see benefits from donor gifts through the Foundation – which are tax deductible.

And community support for children’s services – especially in favor of children’s programing – through the Foundation and the Friends has been confirmed by Viki Ash who is the Coordinator of Children’s Services for the Library system.

According to Ash, the LEGO programs are very popular in branch libraries across the system, giving boys and girls opportunities for free play by meeting specific building challenges. Bricks and blocks provide problem-solving opportunities that stimulate the little ones when they build together through construction play of all types.

“Even the youngest children become engineers when they are constructing towers, building bridges, designing space crafts – there are even lessons to be learned when the blocks come tumbling down!”

Ash added that “math, geometry, spatial relations, cause and effect – all of these are explored during construction play.”

The LEGO Club is generally recommended for school-age children since some of the pieces can be very small. However, DUPLOS and blocks are generally available for the younger architects.

And while all creations and feats of engineering must stay within the boundaries of the branch libraries, taking photos of the architectural marvels is encouraged.

DONATIONS: To make a donation, in any amount, to the ‘mini grant making’ project please go to the Library Foundation’s website, saplf.org. Once there, go to make a donation, then Library Special Initiatives, then branch programming. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the SAPLF at 210.225.4728 or via email at tracey.bennett@saplf.org. Thank you in advance for your support of the Library Foundation on behalf of San Antonio’s libraries.

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Posted on July 24, 2015, in PR. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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