BUILDING EXCITEMENT: Lismore Public Library assistant librarians Ally Cavalchini and Jodie Hodges are excited to participate in the program to educate children about our national capital.
BUILDING EXCITEMENT: Lismore Public Library assistant librarians Ally Cavalchini and Jodie Hodges are excited to participate in the program to educate children about our national capital. Marc Stapelberg

Build your own capital out of Lego at Lismore library

National Capital Authority exhibition and visitor services co-ordinator Nathan Ward has toured the 'Brick by Brick: Build your Own Capital' exhibition from South Australia to NSW and has installed the project at the Lismore Public Library.

Children will be able to create a new national capital out of Lego.

There are eleven construction plans for children to work off, including the Australian War Memorial, Scrivener Dam and the national Library of Australia.

Children aged four and up can create buildings using these plans.

Mr Ward said it was a way of engaging children's sense of government using their creativity and imagination while creating their own city of the future.

"We ask them, 'If you were going to Canberra - what do you think should be there'," he said.

Sessions last up to an hour, including a brief introduction by library staff. Group sizes are usually four students to a table. Mr Ward said some students created theme parks and space stations while others opted for traditional buildings.

"The interesting thing is Canberra has a space complex that works in conjunction with NASA," he said.

Lismore Public Library librarian Lucy Kinsley said it was the biggest Lego display the library had seen and she was expecting it to be popular with locals.

The display opens today in conjunction with normal library open times and runs until September 6. It will be officially opened by Page MP Kevin Hogan on June 19.



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