Kids check out game playing at library

Time simultaneously stood still and soared through cyberspace at three Anoka County Libraries during the sixth-annual International Games Day at Your Library Nov. 16.

Eight-year old Amelia Eaton makes a move, inching closer to getting “kinged” while playing checkers at the library.

Eight-year old Amelia Eaton makes a move, inching closer to getting “kinged” while playing checkers at the library.Photo by Sue Austreng

Three branch libraries – the Rum River Library, the Crooked Lake Library and the North Center Library – offered special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family.

Children challenged parents at the chess board or checkers table, played hopscotch or bean bag toss, competed with Mario Kart Wii and other video games, or chose from dozens of board games offered during the day-long event.

“We’re just showing that the library is a place to gather, a place for families to learn together and play together – we’re more than just stacks and stacks of books,” said Crooked Lake Library associate Katlin Heidgerken-Greene.

International Games Day at Your Library is a national initiative supported by the American Library Association. For more information visit www.ilovelibraries.org/gaming.

Sue Austreng is at
sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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