Join 2,000 libraries in a global gaming initiative on Nov. 19 (and earn some free swag in the process).
Join 2,000 other libraries across the globe in the gaming event of the year. Registration is now open for the 9th annual International Games Day (IGD).
International Games Day @ Your Library is a global initiative that encourages libraries to host gaming programs on the third Saturday of November. On Nov. 19, 2016, libraries are invited to break out the board games, plug in the video controllers and bust out role-playing costumes.
IGD is a unique opportunity for young patrons to interact with community members and develop new learning styles, according to the IGD website. It can also increase gaming circulation and highlight library services; nearly 60 percent of libraries said their gamers utilized other library services at last year’s event.
Registration is free, and participating libraries will be:
- eligible to gain access to Global Gossip Game, a classic parlor game revamped to play between international libraries
- placed on a map of participants
- entered to receive game donations and giveaways
- able to use the IGD library press kit to promote events
The initiative is run by the American Library Association, in collaboration with Nordic Game Day and the Australian Library and Information Association. Last year, about 86,000 patrons from 35 countries participated. In the evaluation surveys, many libraries expressed positive results.
“We have patrons who come simply to be on the computers for hours at a time,” wrote one library. “It was great to see them come share a game of Sorry! and have some breakfast while talking to us and just playing. I think it gave them a new insight to what the library can provide them with.”