Library program features history of Legos

Dallas Sease makes a Lego cake at the Rockwell City Public Library July 26. GRAPHIC-ADVOCATE PHOTO/ERIN SOMMERS

When Ole Christiansen picked the word Lego to be the name of his toy-making company during the Great Depression, he was thinking about the Danish words “leg,” which means play, and “godt,” which means well.

He didn’t realize lego could also be a Latin word about building something, Faith Blaskovich told a small group of children at the Rockwell City Public Library Wednesday afternoon.

“It was just a coincidence,” Blaskovich told the children, reminding them Christiansen had dropped out of school when he was 14 years old. “I think it was a pretty good coincidence.”

Christiansen didn’t start out as a toy maker. After leaving school, he partnered with one of his brothers to build houses, schools and churches. Christiansen married, and the couple had three children. 

Read more in the Aug. 2 edition.