International Games Week @ Your Library was back at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary after a two year hiatus. While Covid protocols forced us to hold a smaller event than in past years, it was still so very wonderful to bring students into the library to celebrate the fun and educational power of games. Thanks to all the teachers who brought their classes, and to all the student who participated with joy!
*Good OR sick OR groovy OR bussin’ OR rad OR lit OR awesome OR wicked OR choice OR brilliant OR fye OR gnarly OR capital OR fire OR neat OR magic OR cool OR jolly good OR da bomb OR swell OR whatever the latest word for good is. Take your pick.
International Games Week is on at YOUR School Library. Here are a few of our favourite games. How many of these have you tried?
The original was introduced to the world as “The Settlers of Catan.” This game proved to be so popular it spawned many new versions and expansions, including Seafarers of Catan, Cities and Knights, and much much more. The rise of Catan was part of a resurgence in interest in board games after a decline in the video game era.
Monopoly is often the first game mentioned when people talk about board games. Monopoly was arguably the most dominant board game of the 20th Century and remains a cultural phenomenon that transcends the board game industry. While many modern game enthusiasts are rightly critical of many of the mechanics of Monopoly, the most common criticism, that the game takes far too long to play, is almost always because people don’t follow the official rules. In particular, “house rules” such as the collection of all taxes and penalties to a pot, which has been already seeded with $500, for those that land on Free Parking, serves to keep enough money in the game that it becomes incredibly difficult to bankrupt anyone, making the game go on for hours at a time. If you follow the rules and keep play moving, a good game of Monopoly should be about an hour.
Unlike most other board games, chess has no elements of chance or “luck,” unless you consider it luck if your mistakes are left unpunished by worse mistakes from your opponent! With no dice rolls, card flips or other random elements, chess is considered to be the most pure game of skill amongst all board games. Chess requires concentration, strategic thinking, time management, pattern recognition, patience, spatial awareness and many other thinking skills and qualities.
Here are some more games of note. How many have you tried?
International Games Week @ Your Library is back at the LT School Library. “International Games Weekis 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.” (games.ala.org) Join us as we celebrate the power of games with thousands of people in thousands of libraries all over the world.
IGW@YL is back! Sadly, our event will be smaller than in the past, as the Covid situation requires us to diligently put safety measures into place. Even so, after a long hiatus, we are just happy to be back and are looking forward to hosting Interational Games Week @ Your Library for 2021!
Today is is IGD@YL at the Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School Library. Hundreds of students will be coming down to the School Library to learn more about the educational power of games, and to celebrate by enjoying the fun of games!
International Games Week is underway around the world. Check out the map below to see the locations of participating libraries, including school libraries and public libraries, around the world. Zoom in to find YOUR library!
International Games Day @ Your Library is coming up soon!
IGD@YL Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School Library November 7, 2019
This will be the 8th Annual IGD@YL event at Lord Tweedsmuir.
Join with thousands of people at school libraries and public libraries around the world, who are celebrating International Games Week. Ask your teacher if your class is booked in for this amazing event.
Today the School Library will welcome students for the 5th Annual IGD@YL event at Lord Tweedsmuir. These students, boys and girls, Grade 8 to 12, will come from all over the building, representing subjects across the curriculum. The students here are gathering with thousands students all over the world today, and thousands and thousands of people in public libraries all over the world tomorrow. We celebrate the educational power of games and gaming, especially the too often overlooked wonder of board games, table games and other “face to face” social games. Come down to the School Library today to check it out!
Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the globe have participated in IGD@YL over the years. Public Libraries and School Libraries from all seven continents have joined in to celebrate the educational power of games, and have a blast while doing it!