LEGO Extravanganza - Mechanical Mind of John CogginOnly 8 days to go until the LEGO®-Packed Book Launch Party for the hilarious children’s novel, The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin, on the Main Floor of the Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester, MA! The event kicks off on Saturday, April 16 at 12:30 PM and goes until 4:30 PM.

Join Elinor for an afternoon of LEGO® invention creation, LEGO® bridge building, steam engine exploration, and silly stories.

Although this event is particularly suited for kids ages 8-12, there will be a Reading Nook and DUPLO® blocks available for younger siblings. Here’s what families can look forward to:

Create Your Own LEGO® Invention

The universe is the limit! Construct your own dragons, internal combustion engines, or out-of-this-world inventions with LEGO. Don’t forget to ask your parents to take a picture of your creation – they can email it to Elinor to feature in her news blog.

LEGO® Build a Bridge Challenge

How long can you go? How strong can you go? Team up with other kids to build LEGO bridges that are capable of supporting weights and spanning continents.

Full Steam Ahead! – Immersive Steam Engine Experience

As John Coggin discovers, steam engines may just be the coolest – and hottest – things on the planet. Watch video clips, examine a working steam engine model, and draw plans for your own steam-powered racing vehicle.

Reading Nook

The Sawyer Free Library will have a fabulous array of science books available for kids to read and browse through. A special request has been made for Peter Spier picture books.

Readings, Sales & Signings

Elinor will be reading aloud from her book at 1 PM, 2 PM, and 3 PM. Hardcover books will also be available for sale from our local shop, The Bookstore of Gloucester. Say hello to Arwen from The Bookstore and write your own signature next to Elinor’s when she autographs your copy!

Book Raffle

Visitors (of every age) will have the chance to win books from Walden Pond Press, a collaboration between HarperCollins and Walden Media to create the next generation of middle grade classics!

Grand Prize: 1 lucky winner receives Crisis Zero by Chris Rylander, The Vanishing Island by Barry Wolverton, Guys Read: Terrifying Tales, and Minion by John David Anderson.

Bonus Prizes: 9(!) more winners receive a copy of Crisis Zero by Chris Rylander.

Write Your Own Ending

Dreaming of becoming a writer some day? After each reading, Elinor will invite listeners to write about what happens next to John Coggin and his best friend Boz. Read more about her Kid Story Showcase.

Activities at the Mechanical Mind Book Launch Party – April 16, 2016!