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Westport Library Hosts Story-Design Lab For Children

Alex Larsen of the Larsen Toy Lab will run a story-design workshop for kids at The Westport Library in August.
Alex Larsen of the Larsen Toy Lab will run a story-design workshop for kids at The Westport Library in August. Photo Credit: Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Public Library is hosting story-design workshops for kids ages 5-8 in August.

The program, led by the Larsen Toy Lab, will guide children through the process of creating stories, hero characters and activities related to the use of building blocks. At the end of the program, the Larsen Toy Lab will select one story to publish as a book, according to a news release.

Classes run Monday, Aug. 4, to Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Another session will run from Monday, Aug. 11, to Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 12:30-1:45 p.m.

A closing event for both programs will be held Monday, Aug. 18, from 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Register online for one of the two sessions by clicking here.

Alex Larsen will head the workshop. He has a degree in engineering and a master’s degree in entrepreneurship and sustainability from Pepperdine University. The development of the workshops also is influenced by Larsen's mother, Dana, who has been teaching children from grades kindergarten to five for 20 years. His sister, Courtney, and his father, Rod, will bring their experiences in sales, marketing and woodworking to the program.

All workshops will take place at the Higgins Room of the children’s library.

The workshops are funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.

The Westport Public Library is at 20 Jesup Road.

For more information, call the Westport Public Library at 203-291-4800 or visit the website by clicking here . Bill Derry, the library’s assistant director for innovation and user experience, can be reached at

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