National Gaming Day @ your library is an initiative of the American Library Association to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.In the 21st century, libraries are about much more than books. On Saturday, November 12, 2011, more than one thousand libraries throughout the country will showcase gaming programs and services in support of NGD11. This year marks our fourth annual event. In 2010, more than 26,000 people played games at more than 1,800 libraries across the U.S. and in other countries.
Even if your library isn’t hosting an event, why not celebrate on your how my having a family game night? Here are some of our favorite games:
Part puzzle, part game this is a ton of fun for older train lovers.
When you need to expend some energy, this is a great game that even very little ones can play. Sometimes we just catch butterflies, sometimes we have them sort by color. Make up your own rules!
My kids don’t play a lot of video games but they love this one. Their favorite is the sword chopping but they are also big fans of the archery!
Is a favorite of contributor Kate (and my husband and I as well!). School age kids could also learn to play it very easily.
Kate’s kids love Zingo, a kids version of Bingo
Like many toddlers contributor Loralie’s kids love Memory. One of the great things about memory is that you can make up rules and change it up to fit your kids ages and skills.
Genevieve and her kids love the online game Poptropica which has characters traveling through history. Fun and educational.
And of course some classic family favorites:
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