Lego Time at the Library

Preston Skidmore searches for the perfect piece in the Lego box in order to finish his airplane.  Image by Jim Satterwhite.
Preston Skidmore searches for the perfect piece in the Lego box in order to finish his airplane. Image by Jim Satterwhite.

Preston Skidmore pulled out a bin full of Lego © bricks and began to build an airplane.  The W. Walworth Harrison Library encourages family time with the Lego system play sets.

The Lego brick had a humble beginning in a Ole Christiansen’s, Billund carpenter shop in Denmark in late 1932.  A world wide depression caused demand for Ole’s furniture to tumble so he started to make toys from wood.  A small truck was the very first toy that could be put together and taken apart.  Demand stayed local until after World War II when plastic injection molding (instead of wood) was perfected and colors added.  Soon the system was the rage of Europe and Lego overtook Erector sets and Tinker toys.

Today a distribution center is located near Alliance, Texas where truckloads of the toy sets are shipped out every night to Walmart, Costco and other retail markets in the ten states surrounding Texas.  Some of the sets find their way to the library in Greenville to be assembled by family teams on Lego Play Days.

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