By Graciella Oteto
Mason Times staff writer
The Drop-In Lego club had its second monthly meeting on March 27 at the Mason Library at 145 Ash St. in Mason.
The Mason Drop-In Clubs for kids and teens meet at least twice a month, with the Lego club being one of the clubs designed for kids ages 6 and up. Created by John Takis and a former head employee of the library, the Lego club is casual and allows kids to come as they will with no formal membership. With an average of 12 – 20 people in attendance depending on weather.
“I love how the kids are working together, it’s a non-judgmental thing,” said first-time attendee Kayla Bender, a Michigan State University psychology senior, who was bringing her little sister from a Big Brothers Big Sisters Association program she does.
Mason resident Jamie Haynie has been attending the club meetings for about a year and a half, bringing in her two children to build and create anything they want.
“John takes time to teach and give attention to each child, whether it’s something simple or elaborate”…said Haynie, “he gives each child the same amount of time to create.”
With an age limit of 13 to 19, younger kids and teenagers both get a chance to free build and face a challenge that builds brain cells. At the beginning and end of the meetings, the kids have a show and tell where children introduce themselves and what they have created.
“They get a chance to build anything they want, and it’s encouraged,” said Haynie.
With a different challenge each week and the chance to participate, the kids are given enough time and ideas of what to create. Support from parents, donations and the library have enabled the kids to have Legos to build with; they can also bring Legos from home.
“This is the best group for kids…it brings them together at once and they have to share,” said Michigan State University Alumni Stacy Hillock who was there with a child she mentors.
With the Mason Drop-In Clubs for kids and teens meeting at least twice a month, and the Friends of Mason Library sponsoring other events, residents from anywhere are always welcome. For more information about the Lego Drop-In Club, contact the Mason Library.