Board games are the only medium in the library’s collection that are explicitly designed to encourage social interaction. At a time when many parents and educators are worried about the passive, isolated consumption of digital media, board games get people of different backgrounds engaging with each other across a table, solving problems, improving a number of practical skills, and having a good time. When looked at from this perspective, board games cannot be dismissed as mere diversions but are instead critical to the library’s mission to foster community and lifelong learning.
International Games Week @ Your Library is a celebration of the amazing educational power of games and the vital role that libraries can play in helping people enjoy them. The history of IGW@YL goes back to 2007 and the first National Games Day in the United States. The event grew to become International Games Day in 2012. This year it has expanded to become International Games Week. Thousands of libraries (public libraries and school libraries) all over the world have participated in these events, including libraries from 53 and countries and all 7 continents. The following associations are key contributors to this event:
Today the School Library will welcome students for the 5th Annual IGD@YL event at Lord Tweedsmuir. These students, boys and girls, Grade 8 to 12, will come from all over the building, representing subjects across the curriculum. The students here are gathering with thousands students all over the world today, and thousands and thousands of people in public libraries all over the world tomorrow. We celebrate the educational power of games and gaming, especially the too often overlooked wonder of board games, table games and other “face to face” social games. Come down to the School Library today to check it out!
Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the globe have participated in IGD@YL over the years. Public Libraries and School Libraries from all seven continents have joined in to celebrate the educational power of games, and have a blast while doing it!
International Games Day @ Your Library is coming up! Public Libraries around the world will be celebrating on Saturday, November 21st. Meanwhile School Libraries will observing the day tomorrow, Friday, November 20th.
Join us as we celebrate the immense educational benefits of gaming, especially the under-appreciated value of board games. The vast majority of our students are experienced with video games. But for too many students today, they grow up unfamiliar with board games and the amazing rewards that come from board games.
Along with being fun, board games can be educational and can contribute to the development of valuable life skills.
International Games Day @ Your Library is coming up! This amazing event takes place at here in the School Library at Lord Tweedsmuir, and in school libraries around the world, on November 20, while Public Libraries around the globe will participate on November 21!
Friday, November 14 was International Games Day @ Your Library. Nearly 400 Lord Tweedsmuir students joined in with students in school libraries all over the world on Friday, and public libraries on almost every continent on Saturday, to celebrate the educational power and lasting fun of games!
Thanks to the following teachers for bringing your classes in: Ms. Mason, Mr. Solari, Ms. Kim, Ms. Overgaard, Mr. Masi, Ms. Kim, and Ms. Stea.