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Get out and play on International Games Day


West Linn Public Library hosts family-friendly fun

West Linn Public Library and hundreds of libraries across the country will join the American Library Association in celebrating the popularity and educational, recreational and social value of video and board games for International Games Day @ Your Library. West Linn’s celebration will be Nov. 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the library’s community room.

“Libraries are becoming family destinations and are continuously offering new formats and innovative programs and services that educate, entertain and expand interaction with their users,” said librarian Rebecca Mayer, organizer of the event. “Gaming is yet another example of how libraries are becoming more than just educational resources for the communities that they serve. They are also places where users of all ages are welcome to have fun together. This will definitely be an all-ages family event.”

The highlight of the celebration will be a Wii Super Smash Bros. tournament. The library’s Xbox 360 Kinect will also be set up, as will its new Wii U. Mayer likens the event to a game system petting zoo: “It will be a good opportunity for families to try out a game system before investing in one sight unseen.” Board games will also be set up and ready to play, including ALA gifts Tapple, Crossways, Rodeo Rummy and Square Shooters.

A volunteer from Konami will be on hand to demonstrate its company’s hugely popular Yu-Gi-Oh trading card game.

International Games Day @ Your Library continues the tradition of gaming-related activities at West Linn Public Library. The library has long been a resource for video games to check out for children and teens and has recently added M-rated games for adults to its gaming collection. Teen Game Nights are among the most popular teen programs offered at West Linn Public Library. There is a large collection of board games available for in-library use in the teen room, with classics such as chess and checkers and newer games including the epic Apples to Apples.

Conventional library fare — books — about gaming are also available at the library, including the gorgeous new compendium “The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia,” which gives historical information on the Legend of Zelda game franchise, the history of Hyrule and the official chronology of the Zelda games. Books encouraging families to engage in game-playing indoors and out include “Go Out and Play!: Favorite Outdoor Games From KaBOOM!” a guide to more than 70 classic and contemporary playground games such as kick the can, freeze tag, and sardines.

For word game lovers, “Tyrannosaurus Lex: The Marvelous Book of Palindromes Anagrams and Other Delightful and Outrageous Wordplay” by Rod L. Evans spells great fun.

So, on Nov. 18th, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., go out and play at West Linn Public Library for International Games Day @ Your Library. Bring grandma and grandpa and the kids for a winning game extravaganza.