Having eaten our fill of pizza and engaged in playful discussion about what an awful person Charles Chiltington was and what we all would have done if faced with a similar challenge to escape the library, we turned to the LittleBits and channeled Mr. Lemoncello's inventive mind. LittleBits are magnetized electronic building blocks that can be used to create everything from a simple circuit that powers a small motor (or light, buzzer, fan, etc.) to a remote-controlled car and beyond. In short, they're AWESOME. A few pictures and one short video below give a little insight into the creations that we made. Most of them focused on how to alert Mr. Lemoncello if Charles Chiltington entered the library (i.e. LOTS of buzzing and blinking lights). One of the circuits involved a mat that when stepped on by a patron, triggered a welcome sign light to come on. And yet another imitated a book scanner using a roller LittleBit and a pipe cleaner, among other materials. We've got some very inventive minds in Bookshop!
Our next meeting will be on Monday, February 29, from 5:30-7:00. We are reading Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar and will be making book trailers using the free online tool, Animoto. Stop by the children's room desk to pick up a copy of the book if you didn't take one at our last meeting!