International Games Week

International Games Week is coming up, October 29 through November 4. The American Library Association organizes this initiative every year “to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.” Join us for events throughout our community, including “Life-Sized Games” at Mountain Island, "23 Minute Escape Room" at Scaleybark, and Dungeons & Dragons events at Beatties Ford Road and University City.

We also have tons of books and other resources related to games. The history of games is played out (wink, wink) in It’s All a Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan, by Tristan Donovan. Looking to entertain the whole family? We’ve got 100 Card Games for All the Family, by Jeremy Harwood, The Everything Games Book: 600 Classic Games and Activities for the Whole Family, by Lesley Bolton, and The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun: Cool Hacks, Cutting-Edge Games, and More Awesome Projects for the Whole Family, by Ken Denmead. If you like puzzles and brain teasers, RBdigital carries current and past issues of Games World of Puzzles magazine.

If electronic gaming is more your style, learn to create your own digital games at Lynda.com. Lynda.com offers free online classes like “Building a Game App with the Android SDK” and “Learning HTML5 Game Development.” We also have books on the subject, like Coding Games in Scratch, by Jon Woodcock, and Video Games: Design and Code Your Own Adventure, by Kathy Ceceri.

Games are such a beloved part of our culture, they are the subject of classic movies like Clue, Tron: Legacy, and Jumanji, all available in our collection. There is also a plethora of popular novels about them, including Minecraft: The Island, by Max Brooks; Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline (available in print, ebook, audiobook CD and digital audio); Impossible Fortress, by Jason Rekulak; and, for younger readers, Winter Morgan’s “Unofficial Gamer’s Adventure” series, available from NCKids Digital Library. And MMOs (massively multiplayer online games) are a popular subject of graphic novels like Log Horizon, by Mamare Touno, and In Real Life, by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang.