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Get Gaming!

July 6, 2016

Photo of gamers playing Settlers of Catan, photo by sewing puzzle via FlickrLooking for games to play with your kids and the thought of one more round of Candy Land makes you want to cry?  Desperate to pry the smartphone or the tablet away from your teens?  Tired of starting another game of Monopoly you know you’ll never finish?

Oh friends, I am about to change your world.

Table-top gaming is diverse and entertaining, ranging from dice and cards to miniatures and tiles.  Some can be played in 15 minutes and some may take hours, depending on what you’re looking for.

Games indirectly teach problem-solving skills, math, strategy and adapting to other players’ actions. There is also the etiquette of listening, taking turns and teaching new players the rules of the games.

You can find something for every age. There are games that focus on math and spatial skills and are appropriate for preschoolers. There are also games that are definitely NOT for children and make for a fun evening with your grown-up friends.

I love the social aspect of face-to-face gaming. My favorite kinds of table-top games are collaborative, where all the players work together for a common goal, like stopping the monster or curing the viral outbreak. These kinds of games teach teamwork, and we all win or we all lose, together.

Which is nice when you hate losing as much as I do.

Want to learn more?  Maybe try out some games?

On Friday, July 8, there will be two programs at the Columbia Public Library devoted to table-top gaming. The first, starting at 4:30 p.m., is a Q & A with game developers. Learn about the making of games, what makes a good system and how these games go from ideas to reality. Then, stick around for a special after-hours gaming session from 6 to 9 p.m.!  There will be dozens of games to play and plenty of people eager to share their knowledge.

Gamers are more than very pale hermits with headsets staring at computer screens or people huddled around a table in someone’s basement arguing over a rule book, surrounded by empty Mt. Dew bottles. Come have some fun, and you might discover your new favorite game.

photo credit: Settlers of Catan via photopin (license)

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Fourth Summer Reading Gift Card Winner!

July 6, 2016

TrophyCongratulations to Margaret, a Callaway County Public Library patron, for winning our fourth Adult Summer Reading prize drawing.  She is the recipient of a $25 Well Read Books gift card.

All it takes to be entered into our weekly drawings is to sign up for Adult Summer Reading. You can do this at any of our branch locations or Bookmobile stops or register online.  Also, don’t forget that submitting book reviews increases your chances of winning.  There are plenty of chances left to win this summer, so keep those reviews coming.

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Reader Review: Better Off

July 5, 2016

Book cover for better Off by Eric BrendeMore articles and experts are recommending we get away from screens and our technology addiction. Ever had a craving to live the low-technology, Amish-like lifestyle (without the religious doctrine)? “Better Off” is about a couple that tried it and all the benefits they reaped! They were worried it would be all about survival, but the shared workload created a natural camaraderie with their neighbors and natural exercise. They realized it’s in our current world where we are running in a gerbil wheel, trying to enjoy it. This should be the next One Read!!!

Three words that describe this book: transforming, anti-technology, discovery

You might want to pick this book up if: you always wondered if technology is making your life and relationships harder in this go-go-go society, or if you find peace gardening, crafting or socializing. You also might like it if you ever loved Laura Ingalls Wilder books.


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