“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw
International Games Week is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world to reconnect communities at their libraries through the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.
There has been a lot of research about the connection between board games and learning. As Rebecca Yvonne Bayeck (2020) explains in her article reviewing board game research, games are “alternative learning spaces,” promote learning about various topics and skills (mathematics, health and medicine, chemistry and engineering, physics and astronomy, finance, the environment, language, culture, history, spatial skills, etc.), motivate learning, and act as a site “for social interactions and computational thinking.” Additional research is still needed in other contexts and with different categories of board games (e.g., commercial games and not just those with an emphasis on learning).
Visit your local La Porte County Public Library branch this week to play games with your friends and family! Connect with others in your community who are interested in games and gaming. Try a new game or bring one of your old favorites with you. Various board games and lawn games are available for use in the library. Play a Wii or Xbox 1 game in the afterschool activity area next to the Youth Department at Main. Ask what’s available at any circulation desk!
Teens can also assemble their own small card game from a selection of options! Show up Monday through Friday to be able to make one. Game project kits are first-come, first-served and amount varies by branch location.