One of the hottest topics in libraryland these days is games in the library. This is true not only for public libraries, but for academic libraries as well. We have become a culture of gamers–not only video gamers, but card gamers and board gamers and tabletop gamers as well.
Games are important part of our culture. They not only help us develop our cognitive skills, but allow us to develop our social abilities as well. Games are inherently social activities that allow us to have healthy interactions with our fellow humans, while at the same time practicing complex calculations, exercises in probability, logic problems, and strategy. Plus, they’re just FUN!
The American Library Association has established an International Games Day celebration for libraries in conjunction with the Australian Library Association and other sponsors to help celebrate this resurgence of gaming culture. ALA encourages libraries with free game packets and press kits to hold events at their institutions celebrating gaming and the social camaraderie that comes with it.
Your NCTC Libraries are celebrating this year with two events: one at the Mary Josephine Cox Library on the Gainesville campus and another at the Corinth Campus Library.
The Gainesville campus event will be on Wednesday November 4, 2015 from 12:00 to 4:00 in the Lyceum. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The Corinth campus event will be on Saturday November 21, 2015 from 12:00 to 4:30 in the Library. Contact email@example.com for more details.
—Contributed by Shedrick Pittman-Hassett, Associate Dean of Libraries