LEGO DUPLO is currently working on a program called Read! Build! Play! – a partnership between LEGO DUPLO and the ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) focusing on bringing more play time to story time to promote early literacy. The program kicked off in June in LA and has made stops at libraries across the country over the last 2 months.
Most events are free and allow families to join LEGO DUPLO play leaders for creative building fun with guided activities, inspirational songs and time for free build. Tailored for children under five, the experience demonstrates how reading coupled with construction play can engage, excite and encourage early literacy development.
The program will make its way to NC the first week in September and will make the following stops:
South County Regional Library
WHEN: Tuesday, September 4th 11AM – Noon
WHERE: South County Regional Library
5801 Rea Road
Charlotte, NC 28277
Discovery Place Kids
WHEN: Wednesday, September 5th 10AM – 5PM
WHERE: Discovery Place Kids
105 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
COST: Adults and children 1+ - $8.00
Children under 1 and members - FREE
Charlotte Nature Museum
WHEN: Thursday, September 6th 10AM – 4PM
WHERE: Charlotte Nature Museum
1658 Sterling Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
COST: Adults and Children 2+ - $6.00
Children 2 and under and Members - FREE
For those who can’t attend the NC stops, they can visit www.readbuildplay.com to download a program activity guide that offers families tips, suggestions and ideas on how to keep playtime fresh, energetic and educational. Visitors are also encouraged to vote for their local public library branch on the website today through October 1st to support children’s programs. The top three nominated libraries will receive monetary donations from LEGO DUPLO ($2,500, $3,500, $5,000) and the top 200 will receive physical toolkits (including bricks, books and activity guides) to implement play time into their programming.