HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Free Public Library celebrated thirty years of its annual Lego Night on Friday evening. Children from preschool through sixth grade got to show off their LEGO building skills either individually or in a group.
There were no limits to what the kids could create, but they had to do it from memory without any adult assistance. While the kids waited for the judges to review their creations, they and the parents enjoyed a fun magic show by Magician Steve Woyce.
Approximately 60 participants judged in one of three age categories: Pre-K and Kindergarten, First/Second/Third grades, and Fourth Grade and up. Winners who placed First, Second, Third and Honorable Mentions received ribbons and first choice at a book. In acknowledgement of the 30th year, all participants walked away with a book.
Refreshments continued the Lego theme as they were topped with Lego candies, and each participant received a choice of Lego mini figure blind bag. There was also a raffle of three Lego kits and two Lego building idea books. All the prizes and refreshments were funded by the Friends of the Hasbrouck Heights Library.
"We are raising the next generation of Lego builders in our community," said Mimi Hui, Library Director. "This is a stepping stone in the areas of architecture and engineering.
The seven judges were from the New Jersey Architecture Association. According to Kate Senedzuk, the Youth Services Librarian, many are repeat judges who "really enjoy the event." The evening's judges were Thomas J. Mesuk, Ruchi Dhar, Chris Dougherty, Cheryl Fothergill, Fabian Karcic, Steven Lazarus, and Bill Martin.
"The were wonderful, encouraging, and nurturing to the children," she said.
"Lego night is always a wonderful event that brings in kids year after year with their entire family," said Senedzuk. "I am always in awe of their creations, and love hearing about how each design was thought up. At this event and all library programs, we encourage creativity and foster out of the box ideas. Anything is possible on Lego night."
Hui asked that if parents or families have Lego sets or pieces at home that they no longer want or use, the Library would accept them to include in its collection of Lego pieces.
The Hasbrouck Heights Library offers a Lego Club which meets twice monthly on Tuesdays. Check for the Library's website for dates and times.
First, Second and Third Grades
Honorable Mention- Lego City
1st- Party Tree House
2nd- Busy Space City
3rd- Pizza Place
Fourth Grade and Up
Honorable Mention- Hasbrouck Heights Mall
1st- Traveling Cat
2nd- Outdoor Fun Street Fair
3rd- Blue Bell Beach
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