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Learning through play. Eight-year-old Austin Senske and 5-year-old Allison Brown say they love the new “Lego Station” available now at the Frances Banta Waggoner Community Library in DeWitt. Two large tubs of the building blocks are available for youngsters to play with every Sunday, 1-4 p.m., in the library’s conference room. The blocks are tools to help promote early childhood literacy and teach fine motor skills, shape and colors identification and creativity. Photo by Kate Howes
FBWCL earns prize in 'Learn Through Play Project'

By Kate Howes
Staff writer

The Frances Banta Waggoner Community Library (FBWCL) in DeWitt may have earned a prize in the Lego® Duplo® "Learn Through Play Project," but it's the children who visit the library who are the real winners.

Thanks to votes posted on-line by area residents, the library was chosen as one of the top 200 libraries in the nation.

As a result, the library was awarded with two sets of Lego building blocks to be used by young patrons to help develop an array of skills and have fun while they're doing it.

One set of the blocks is available to youngsters at the "Lego Station" in the conference room at the library every Sunday, 1-4 p.m.

Youngsters are welcome to play with the blocks, which library director Jane Kedley says help promote early-childhood literacy.

"Playing with these blocks teaches color and shape identity, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and ideas and creativity," Kedley notes.

The library also has a "Read, Build, Play" set of blocks that are used together with books during preschool story hour and Mother Goose Time throughout the year.

The blocks come in all shapes, sizes and colors and offer something that will appeal to all kinds of youngsters, Kedley adds.

"There are trucks, animals and people," she says. "They're for boys and girls alike. They're a lot of fun."

Link on to 'Learning Express Library'

The FBWCL also now offers a new on-line resource called the "Learning Express Library."

It is a tool that can be used for any number of services, including expanding math, reading and writing skills; taking practice tests for ACTs, SATs and civil service exams; teaching basic computer and Internet skills for using Excel, Word, Microsoft, PowerPoint, e-mail etiquette and social networking.

The program also can be used as a job and career accelerator tool to conduct job searches and postings.

Persons can access the Learning Express Library by clicking on the appropriate icon on the library's web site, www.dewittlib.ia.us.

All videos available at the library now are being pulled from the shelves to be replaced by DVDs. All VHS tapes are available for sale for 25 cents each.

The winter reading program "Bank on Books: Reading Pays" officially has kicked-off and is open to both children and adults.

In accordance with the program, March 30 antique appraiser Terri Applegate of LeClaire will be on hand to appraise any antiques visitors bring in and would like to know the value of. Everyone is asked to bring no more than two or three pieces.

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