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March 03. 2013 12:10AM
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WYOMING — Exeter resident and parent Kim Bogdon is happy the Wyoming Free Library is sponsoring an official LEGO club for area children from 4 through 12 who share a love for building.

The club’s first meeting brought 30 area children out Saturday morning, many of them toting bins of the colorful blocks, with interlocking tubes providing building possibilities limited only by the engineers’ imagination.

A smiling Nick Bogdon, 10, showed off his creation, which he said depicted pancakes and syrup. He also builds more complex structures, which sometimes take months. “I build something and then I upgrade it and make it better over time,” Bogdon said.

The club is the brainchild of Colleen Garrison, who saw an opportunity to combine a love for building and for reading. “Whether it’s reading directions to a project or looking for a book on a similar subject, the library is the perfect place to hold the club,” she said.

Victoria Flynn, Dallas, sees the club — and an outing to the library — as a great way to spend a Saturday morning. Her children, Daniel, 9, and Ellie, 6, were engrossed with the process of transforming LEGOs into something else.

“I like to build all kinds of things like Harry Potter and Indiana Jones,” said Daniel. “But Star Wars structures are my favorite.”

LEGOs come in kits, so children can make favorite characters or structures come to life.

“The castle I built was my absolute favorite thing,” said Nick Perry, 12, 0f Wyoming, “It lets me express my imagination.”

Marlene Kraub, of West Wyoming, a volunteer and parent of attendee, Riley, 7, said she appreciated the opportunity that the club afforded for the children to work in a group. “Its more fun, and the children are even more creative when they work together,” she said.

John Roberts, library director, said the club’s initial session drew a great turnout. The club will continue to meet the first Saturday of each month.

Roberts said slots for upcoming club meetings are filled, but those people interested in this or other community activities should contact the library by calling 693-1364 or by email at

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