Block Party exhibit at the Main Library now open!

Block Party is a hands-on, STEM-inspired traveling exhibit designed to introduce young children to engineering, math, and creative concepts through play. Block Party will be on display at Boone County Public Library’s Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington, now through October 17.


“We created an exhibit around blocks and different building materials because they’re incredible toys that build 21st century skills in a fun way,” said Lindy Hoyer, Executive Director of Omaha Children’s Museum. “Playing with blocks helps children develop a number of skills, including mathematical, problem solving, and spatial reasoning skills. It’s a form of play that inspires adults to join in the fun, creating a wonderful bonding experience for the child.”

Block Party features 13 activity stations, some with specific building challenges, and others with free play opportunities. Prompts throughout the exhibit will help adults encourage critical thinking by providing sample open-ended questions or activity ideas.
The exhibit features a LEGO® wall, LEGO soft play bricks, builder boards, and an activity station where children can construct a building and evaluate its durability on a quake table. In addition, children will enjoy the over-sized building blocks made of foam, cardboard, and plywood for large construction.

The exhibit also includes 8 build tables with 8 unique block styles:

  1. Magneatos
  2. IO Blocks
  3. Twig Blocks
  4. Wood Blocks
  5. Squigz Suction Construction Toys
  6. LEGO Bricks
  7. Magna Tiles
  8. Dado Cubes

The exhibit will be located on the second floor of the Main Library and will be available for creative play during the library’s open hours, beginning August 12 through October 17.

Main Library Hours
Monday – Thursday  9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This exhibit was produced by Omaha Children’s Museum. Omaha Children’s Museum is a special place where children can challenge themselves, discover how the world works and learn through play. The mission of Omaha Children’s Museum is to engage the imagination and create excitement about learning.

Babies Belong at the Library!

There are many things to love about the library as a parent—lots of books, a fun and safe place for your children to explore and play, and storytimes designed especially for your child’s age. But did you know that we offer all these things for babies, too?

A lifetime of learning and literacy begins at birth. In the first four years of life, the brain increases to 80% of its adult weight. The brain then begins to prune connections based on experience. Connections used regularly become stronger and more complex. Connections not used are considered non-essential, and the brain eventually prunes them away to increase efficiency. What this means for you is the more connections you help your baby make early on in life, the better off your child will be—creating a child who is ready to learn when kindergarten begins and ready for a lifetime of learning beyond, too.

With an expansive collection of wonderful board books for babies, we help you to help your baby love books. Don’t worry if all your baby wants to do is chew on the book—that is how they learn! Modelling how to turn pages, pointing out favorite things (“Look, it’s a dog! We have a dog, too!”), and simply sharing a love of reading will do wonders for your baby.

Should my baby be rolling over by now? Why does he put his foot in his mouth? When will she laugh? If you are wondering about your baby’s development, we have staff members who are trained to administer the ASQ Ages and Stages Questionnaire. It is a quick snapshot of your baby’s development. You simply mark a few answers on five different developmental areas, then discuss the results. It is a great way to learn more about your baby’s development and where they are heading. Whether you are just curious to know how things are going or are concerned that your baby may have developmental delays, it is a great first step. We will come to the branch that is most convenient for you! To schedule an appointment, call us at 859-342-2665, extension 8138.

Best of all, the library offers Baby Time. You might wonder what in the world you do at a baby storytime…mostly, we have fun! Babies just love storytime. Peek in the window one morning and you’ll see lots of babies who are learning about so many things while they have a wonderful time! Storytime is a great way to bond with your little one, cuddling up together while you learn new rhymes, songs, and knee bounces to share at home, too! Babies’ brains are like sponges—bringing your baby to storytime supplies you and your baby with the fuel she needs to learn how to read when kindergarten comes around.

Baby Time also offers both you and your baby a chance to get out and socialize with parents and caregivers who are experiencing the same milestones that you are. This is especially important for you new mommies and daddies who are feeling overwhelmed! Lifelong friendships are made at storytime—not just for babies, but for you too!

Baby Time is a free opportunity for you to bond with your baby in a safe and fun environment while sharing your love of the library with your baby! We offer Baby Time at our Main and Scheben locations. Join us Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. at the Main library and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at the Scheben branch now through July 26, then come back for our fall session beginning the week of September 8. We can’t wait to see you there!

Susan Sitz has been a Youth Services Associate with BCPL for nearly eleven years. She has worked with children and teens of all ages, but loves getting to work with babies and toddlers best!