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Building imaginations: LEGO Lady brings program to Erving

Eden Mast-Lippmann, 7, of Erving adds another head to a many-headed warrior in the LEGO battle she was constructing at the Erving Public Library on Sunday.  (Recorder/Trish Crapo)

Eden Mast-Lippmann, 7, of Erving adds another head to a many-headed warrior in the LEGO battle she was constructing at the Erving Public Library on Sunday. (Recorder/Trish Crapo)

ERVING — From submarine-construction to chess to space travel and an extremely one-sided war, the floor of the Erving Public Library was a hive of activity Sunday afternoon.

“I’m making a war against all these guys,” explained Eden Mast-Lippmann, 7, of Erving. “And this guy with the broom. He’s already running away, though.”

Armed only with a broom and faced with a small army including a fire-breathing dragon, a polar bear, mounted cowboys and a robot topped with a tower of disembodied heads, the army of one appeared to be making the right choice.

Mast-Lippmann explained the tower of heads was a scare tactic, but had proved unnecessary. “They just needed that guy and they would be good,” she said, indicating a horse-mounted figurine armed with spiders.

At this point in the battle, Mast-Lippmann was searching through the sea of LEGOs scattered across the library floor for skeleton figures to represent the rest of the broom-man’s army.

Nearby, 10-year-old Erving resident Sammie Thorpe was constructing a chess set, while Ryan Anderson, also 10 and of Erving, put the finishing touches on his spaceship.

“That you can build stuff,” Anderson said, asked what he liked about LEGOs. “Anything you want, and if you think of it you can probably build it,” Thorpe finished.

Jean Daley of Wendell, as the Library LEGO Lady, is behind the trave ling LEGO program.

Daley said she started collecting LEGOs for a program at one of the three libraries at which she works and the program mushroomed from there.

She now has thousands of the little plastic bricks and other pieces and 225 plastic people, more than enough to keep the 13 children who turned out Sunday afternoon busy.

Daley said she started the LEGO program because little girls were the only ones showing up to library programs and she wanted to involve little boys as well.

For parents, it was a good way to occupy children out of school for February break.

Matt Killeen of Greenfield brought his three children, ages 3, 5 and 6.

Killeen said playing with someone else’s toys was a perfect way to break up the day.

“We’ve made the snow forts so now we’re going to make the LEGO fort,” he said. Son Jackson, 6, was preparing a battle featuring horse-mounted robots and a fortress guarded by spiders and scorpions. Jackson reported no one was winning yet.

The LEGO program returns to the Erving library, 17 Moore St., Wednesday and Thursday afternoons this week, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

You can reach Chris Curtis at: ccurtis@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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