It’s International Games Month! And honestly, it couldn’t have come at a better time. With the country stretched and divided over political, social, and economic issues, hopefully we can all put our differences aside and come together at our local libraries to play some games—even if for only one month.
International Games Month is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games, from fantasy adventures like Dungeons & Dragons and online video games to good, old-fashioned board games. Libraries of all types get in on the action each November, including academic libraries, public libraries, and school libraries, so you can find a game and someone to game with wherever you go.
Here are a few words from Scott Nicholson, professor of game design and development at Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford, Ontario, author of Everyone Plays at the Library: Creating Great Gaming Experiences for All Ages, and one of the founding members of the American Library Association’s Games and Gaming Round Table, about the history of International Games Month and what you can do to get in on the fun at your library.
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