Friday was literally FRIYAY! It was a great day since first thing in the morning there was a delivery of several boxes. Now boxes for a school librarian can mean much more work as they often signify books that need to be input into the system, which can be quite tedious. However, that was not the case Friday.
I opened up the packages and left them exposed as I was busy with other tasks and did not have time to unpack them. At first, scholars walked around them not noticing or paying attention to the boxes. The library’s resident maker, an 11th grade scholar, decided to unpack and group them in preparation of building.
Some scholars were so excited to see Everblocks ( everblock.com ) in the library. They exclaimed, ” Legos!” upon sight. Everblocks are giant blocks that at first glance look like a lego. They are used to create temporary walls or partition off spaces. They come in various colors and the full size lock is approximately six pounds in weight. Other sizes included 1/2 size and 1/4 size block. They are patented and have holes in the middle that allow for LED lighting to be threaded if users so desire. Everblock is the brainchild of Arnon Rosan, a serial entrepenuer. The company is based in downtown New York City and ships from upstate New York. To see a full gallery of inspirational builds, please visit the website at everblocksystems.com . But take caution when ordering! I was told I needed something in my order and it was not accurately described. They would not process my order with out it and it was unnecessary. It turned out I did not need it and the company would not allow a return and then an exchange for more Everblocks.
Two high school girls, who had nothing to do, approached me for something to keep them occupied. I handed them the blueprint to the new sign-in desk and they happily started planning and building.
As the girls determined color and size layout in relationship to the pattern, many other scholars became interested and stopped over to see what they were holding. Some scholars seem perplexed by the whole concept of building with such huge blocks and others found simple joy in that fact that creation was being done. And some were just plain amazed at the size of the block and that they could be stacked to hold human weight.
Additionally, the Everblocks were used to construct a green screen room. Scholars will be doing PSAs and video projects. Hearing teachers’ concerns for a need for hands on and meaningful projects to implement in their courses, a green screen was purchased and an area partitioned off for production. Scholars love being given choices and when their voice is heard, they are empowered to love the work they are doing and work much harder.
Two different groups of scholars started the green screen walls. And a third group restarted and finished it. They worked diligently and quickly. As a team of three, they were able to finish it collaborating and working together.
Later in the day, one of the prior groups returned and were so sad and disappointed it was done. However, one of the many positives about Everblocks is that they are not permanent. They are temporary structures that can be taken down and planned again, rebuilt and organized in different patterns.
For a really fun view, watch the time lapse video !