Board in the Library – Exploring the rise of tabletop gaming in 2018

When a friend asked me if I wanted to go to a board game cafe (The Board Room in Middletown CT) , I pictured three mind numbing hours of pictionary, or even worse, monopoly. I have a short attention span as it is, and pretending to be a tiny banker buying properties acrossboardgamesforadults-2x1-7452 the board and keeping track of piles of colorful money never really engaged me. In reality, I spent the next three hours curing diseases in Pandemic, creating train tracks that spread the globe in Ticket to Ride, and trading spices in Century: Spice Roads. I was floored that board games had evolved so much since I had played as a kid, the art was more engaging, the stories richer, and the play more involved. In the months following this revelation I’ve added over thirty board games to my list, and I’ve expanded my idea of what a board game can be.

Now how does this tie in to the library you ask? Well, board games have actually gained a large following in the library world, and both librarians and patrons are starting to take notice. Board games are one of the many tips-on-how-to-make-a-board-gameresources in a library that encourage community and collaboration. At a time when parents and educators are concerned about the rise in digital media and isolation, 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 you look at it that way, it’s no surprise that board games are a critical part of a libraries community, and a lifelong pursuit of learning.

If you’re new to board games, or like me, rediscovering your love of gaming, fear not. Here is a quick list of board games perfect for beginners.

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Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn.

 

  • Ticket To Ride suggests 2-5 players ages 8 and up with 45 minutes of play time.

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TsuroCreate your own journey with Tsuro: The Game of the Path! Place a tile and slide your stone along the path created, but take care. Other players’ paths can lead you in the wrong direction—or off the board entirely! Paths will cross and connect, and the choices you make affect all the journeys across the board. Find your way wisely and be the last player left on the board to win!

  • Tsuro suggests ages: 8+ , with 2-8 players, and up to 20 minutes of play time.

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Sushi Go! – Pass the sushi! In this fast-playing card game, the goal is to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they whiz by. Score points for making the most maki rolls or for collecting a full set of sashimi. Dip your favorite nigiri in wasabi to triple its value. But be sure to leave room for dessert or else you’ll eat into your score! Gather the most points and consider yourself the sushi master!

  • Sushi Go! suggests ages 8+, with 2-5 players, and up to 15 minutes of play time.

Just like the rest of the library, board games are designed to challenge your current pattern of thinking and keep your brain young. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that playing board games was associated with a reduced risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Board games are also great for those with anxiety as a way to step out and make new friends within a structured setting, allowing friendships to build over a collaborative goal. But, just like any other program in the library, it needs participants to thrive and grow.

Lucky for you, there’s a new board game club opening at the Cheshire Public Library this February! This club will be hosted on the first Thursday of the month, and each month will feature a new board game. Come and enjoy our freshly re-modeled third floor, have a hot chocolate and re connect with old friends, or make some new ones!

 

 

 

What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in November

Lots going on this month:  authors and filmmakers to meet,  games, crafts, and music to take part in, and don’t forget the Fall Booksale!

Teen Tabletop Night

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 – 8:00 PM

New RPG group at CPL!! Are you an adventurer? Do you like games that involve strategy, thinking, and (most importantly) roleplaying? If so, you’ve found the right group! The games we play will be a wide range of tabletop RPGs- so if you like adventure, be sure to meet us in the Teen Room! Any questions? Contact Tas at tfox100@me.com. No registration required.

Craig & Fred: A Marine, a Stray Dog & How They Rescued Each Other

Saturday Nov 4, 2017, 11:00 AM

Register early for this conversation with author and US Marine Craig Grossi as he discusses his new book, Craig & Fred, the uplifting and unforgettable true story of a US Marine, the stray dog he met on an Afghan battlefield, and how they saved each other and now travel America together, “spreading the message of stubborn positivity.” Craig will be joined at this event by Fred! Craig’s book is a poignant and inspiring tale of hope, resilience, and optimism, with a timeless message at its heart, the power of love to transform our hearts and our lives. Want a copy of the book for Craig to sign? Please indicate on the registration form which edition you want:  the adult or the young reader’s edition, so we can be sure to have enough on hand.

What Do You Mean There’s More to Retirement Than Just Money?

Saturday Nov 4, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Attendees will learn about the six life areas that will all deal with and need to address in varying degrees before and during retirement. All attendees will complete the Life of Balance activity to see where they are currently in their own life. Registration is required.

New Duke Band

Sunday Nov 5, 2017, 2:00 PM

New Duke, a classic 8-piece horn band from the Connecticut and New York City areas, is led by Guilford resident Brian Torff and features lead vocalist Darryl Tookes. The group is influenced by Ellington, Frank Zappa, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Gil Evans, the Beatles and James Brown and brings the past forward by combining classic grooves with topical issues. No need to travel to New York to hear a smoking hot big band! No registration required.

Cheers to Good Health!  Maintaining a Healthy Diet Throughout the Holidays and New Year

Monday Nov 6, 2017, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Join Jennifer Zarrilli, RD (Registered Dietitian) as she discusses how to continue a healthy diet throughout the holiday season and beyond.  By the end of the lecture, participants will be able to understand the new 2015 Guidelines for Healthy Americans and how to apply these guidelines to eating healthy daily as well as during the holiday season. Registration is required.

Not Because It’s Easy: A Story of Pain, Struggle and Reward on the Tahoe Rim Trail

Tuesday Nov 7, 2017, 6:30  – 8:00 PM

Author and Cheshire Police Officer David Maliar discusses his book, Not Because It’s Easy: A Story of Pain, Struggle and Reward on the Tahoe Rim Trail, which he wrote after this grueling 165-mile hike through California and Nevada. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the program. Registration is required.

Furniture Renewal – Connecting the Past, the Present and the Future

Thursday Nov 9, 2017, 6:30 PM

Join us for an evening with Gary LeClerc of FURNITURE REFINISHING by [RE]new and David Verdosci of Hidden Creek Fine Art Workshop as they discuss their most recent collaboration – the restoration and renewal of Mary Baldwin’s 100-year-old desk. This will be followed by a brief introduction to furniture refinishing, restoration and renewal by Gary LeClerc which will include tips for DIYers and a question and answer time. Registration is required.

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

Thursday Nov 16 – Sunday Nov 19, 2017, (see our Event Calendar for times)

This semi–annual used book sale, run by Friends of the Cheshire Library, raises money to pay for programming at Cheshire Public Library, among other things.  All of the library’s programs are funded through the Friends, and the books sale is their biggest fundraiser.  Come support the library and pick up some bargains in the process! See our event calendar for more info.

Cheshire Filmmaker James W. Hawk

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Cheshire Connecticut’s independent filmmaker, James W. Hawk will be screening several of his short films, “EENY, MEENY, MINY, MOE”, “FAILURE”,” THE SATURN MISSION”, “DR. DO RONG” and “ESQUIRE”. His films have been highly praised by Mr. Jan Harlan, an executive producer for Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick. Please be advised that this adult program contains strong language.