As you might expect, we're big fans of learning at Worthington Libraries. We also love to have fun. We're happiest, though, when we can combine the two, which is why we're so excited about an upcoming program.

As you might expect, we're big fans of learning at Worthington Libraries. We also love to have fun. We're happiest, though, when we can combine the two, which is why we're so excited about an upcoming program.

If there's a little LEGO lover in your family, then you won't want to miss LEGOs at the Library, where students in grades 2-6 will kick their creativity into high gear solving building challenges both independently and as part of a group.

Coinciding with spring break for Worthington schools, children can rock the blocks at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., on Thursday, March 28. The event is part of Read! Build! Play!, an initiative of the Association for Library Service to Children, sponsored by LEGO DUPLO.

Playing with LEGOs offers kids something physical, imaginative and mechanical. Those attending will love the challenge of building based on the program's Ancient Egypt theme. They will be encouraged to construct a pyramid, complete with burial chamber, build a maze clever enough to keep grave robbers out and create something useful to people living near the Nile River.

Little do participants know that behind all this fun and play there's an ulterior motive: strengthening reading skills.

What's the connection between LEGO blocks and books? Promoting play contributes to early literacy development by increasing attention span, memory, creativity and language and vocabulary skills. It also lays the foundation for logical mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning and problem-solving.

A study published in the journal Science and Children compared traditional textbook learning to learning with hands-on manipulatives such as LEGOs. It found that tactile and kinesthetic learning increase student understanding. In other words, play paves the way for learning.

Registration is required for LEGOs at the Library, which starts at 3:30 p.m. You may do so online at worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar/registration, or by calling 614-807-2626.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries