Tompkins County Public Library organizing a community-wide LEGO Library project this spring

January 29, 2016 by Rachel Cera

Want to help build a miniature version of the Tompkins County Public Library out of LEGO bricks? The TCPL is coordinating a LEGO "community build" for this spring. 

It's a LEGOriffic Library!It's a LEGOriffic Library!"The resulting model will be about six feet by six feet in size," says organizer Peter McCracken, "and will contain around 100,000 bricks." The community build is scheduled for this May and June, and McCracken says right now, they are looking for people "who would like to help in the organization and implementation of the build." 

When the time comes, Mr. McCracken says groups -- "school groups, scout troops, reading groups, employee groups, fraternities, sororities, anyone at all" -- and individuals will be able to build about 400 modules of about 250 bricks each. "For every $50 that a group raises for the Tompkins County Public Library, they'll build one module." The completed modules will be installed at the library to assemble the final model. Mr. McCracken says it will be scaled to fit the LEGO "minifig" people, or figures, that populate many LEGO sets.

The actual Tompkins County Public Library.The actual Tompkins County Public Library.The LEGO model of the public library will celebrate the completion of a large fundraising campaign "to support our 21st century library."

"Building the TCPL in LEGO bricks will be a big community event," Mr. McCracken says, "but it'll also take a community of people to plan it, and make it the success we expect it will be."

"We are looking for people interested in helping with fundraising, publicity, planning and organizing the build, website maintenance, and several other areas," he says. If you're interested in taking part in the LEGO build in any way, contact Mr. McCracken at petermcc5@gmail.com by February 10. "In the near future," he says, they'll begin looking for the people who'll do the building.

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