Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game at the Crestview library

Special to the News Bulletin

Walker Tavis and Tyler Vance play Yu-Gi-Oh! at the Crestview Public Library.

Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM.

The first Saturday in November, we will celebrate International Games Day @ Your Library, an initiative of the American Library Association to reconnect communities through their libraries. Activities include educational and recreational games that have social value.

Step into our teen/children’s area and you will see games being played either on the TV with the Wii or table games. The library is not just your ordinary place to pick up a good book; it is a place to go for fun and meeting with friends.

As the fifth annual year rolls around, the games-day event has been expanded to include international libraries. ALA expects to double the number of participants this year. Last year, more than 27,000 people joined in on the fun, with 1,400 libraries across the country participating.

Families, students, home-schoolers and library patrons who like to play games are invited to come to the library for a fun day of play. Home-schoolers can meet and play with public school kids. This is an opportunity develop friendships as well as learn how to play new games.

We will begin our day with a scavenger hunt. The participants will learn what is available in the library and where things are located. Prizes will be given for correctly finishing the scavenger hunt. Next, the kids will begin game playing, which will include board games like Monopoly, Clue, chess, checkers, card games and Wii. They can also join a national video game tournament.

Bring your favorite game and teach others how to play. This day is a day for fun and interaction with others. You might just meet a new best friend or get the opportunity to talk and play with students you only see in passing at school. We want your library to be a place where you feel comfortable, and that you think of as the place to go for fun as well as for books and studying.

I am amazed to see students playing card games instead of computer games — and they are doing just that on Monday afternoons when they come in to play Yu-Gi-Oh!

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