Martin County Library System Press Releases

February 4, 2013

Library LEGO® clubs growing in popularity — Blake club celebrates 2nd anniversary

For immediate release:  January 29, 2013                                        
Contact:  Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-2863   


January 2013 marked the second anniversary of the LEGO® club at the Blake Library in Stuart. Three more of the Martin County Library System libraries—the Hoke Library in Jensen Beach, the Hobe Sound Public Library, and the Robert Morgade Library in South Stuart—are now hosting LEGO® clubs. 

While playing with these colorful building bricks is a fun way to spend the afternoon, it is also educational. LEGO® play supports STEM education. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math that is oftentimes expanded to STE(A)M in order to include the Arts. One of the objectives in the Martin County Library System’s Long Range Services Plan is to incorporate STE(A)M learning into “engaging library events, classes, and workshops.” In fact, fifty percent of our future events for youth will be focused on the exploration of STE(A)M topics. 

The most recent LEGO® club held at the Blake library had 19 participants. The
children are given a theme to build on, a cardboard base, a pile of building bricks, and the encouragement to use their creativity. Past themes have included such topics as castles, monsters, and space, and in this instance the theme was “dream machines.” Candace Dinh, a frequent library user, commented that the “children are engaged,” while another parent, Rebecca Kozlov, pointed out that LEGO® club allows the children to “use their own imagination” and that LEGO® play is “not competitive.” 

A recent article in the Stuart News revealed the generous endowment given by Clare and Molly Tyler of Stuart to the library. Their $100,000 donation will allow the Martin County Library System to provide STEM based programming, such as LEGO® robotics, for generations of children to come.

Be sure to keep checking the library calendar in order to find out about these educational yet fun opportunities. Sign up on the library’s website to receive the Online Connection for Kids, the weekly email newsletter detailing all that is happening at the Martin County libraries. To learn more about LEGO® play, visit  and

The Blake Library LEGO club meets 4-5 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month. The Peter & Julie Cummings Library LEGO club will have its first meeting February 16 from 3-4:30 p.m. Hobe Sound Public Library’s club meets 3-4:30 p.m. the second Saturday of the month. The Hoke Library LEGO club meets 2-3 p.m. the second Saturday of the month. Robert Morgade Library’s club meets next on February 20 from 6-7 p.m.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call (772) 221-1403, or visit the library website at




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