As I mentioned last time, most of my family, plus a family friend, traveled to my house for Thanksgiving this year. On Sunday, we spent most of the day eating the remaining leftovers and playing games. It was a great way to pass the time while the wind and snow swirled around outside. Now that we have all recovered from the early snowstorm (as well as too much turkey, stuffing and pie), it is time to prepare for future snow days. Board games are essential items to add to your emergency supply list, and the Library has a collection to help with this.
About two years ago, the Library added 22 board games to its collection. These games are now available for checkout to take home for a one-week period. They are not the typical games most people grew up with, such as Monopoly, Uno or Scrabble. While there is nothing wrong with traditional board games, the games in our collection encourage strategic thinking, cooperation and imagination.
One of the games my family played during the snowstorm was Bananagrams, a word game like Scrabble, but without the confining rules. Each player builds his/her own crossword. No one has to wait for anyone else to take a turn. Players can discard undesirable letters and rearrange their crosswords at any time if there are better options to use up letters. Of course, some people may still try to spell words that aren’t really words, as my mother did. We all had fun listening to her explanations of her fictitious words.
The Library has a game night for adults on the first Thursday of every month. We encourage you to join us and test out some games with our regular attendees, who are experts at deciphering game rules and strategies. There are a few favorites that they have enjoyed playing multiple times:
- Codenames – Two spy teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Two spymasters give one-word clues and their teammates try to guess the correct answers, while everyone tries to avoid the assassin.
- Forbidden Island – Players take on the role of nomadic foragers who must use their wits to collect foods and share them with the tribe.
- Mysterium –A murder/mystery game that is more fun, interesting and challenging than Clue. All players share the same goal of uncovering the truth behind the death of the ghost that haunts the manor.
- Ticket to Ride: Days of Wonder – Players take a cross-country train adventure to connect different cities by laying claim to railway routes on a map of North America.
A full list of the Library’s board games is available on our website, under “Find Your Next…Game,” or ask a staff member for list. We hope you will join us for our next Game Night on Thursday, Dec. 6 to try out some of the games. It will be great preparation for the next blizzard.