To celebrate International Games Week (IGW), Ipswich County Library hosted a Games Day on Saturday 4 November. In the library we grew bamboo to feed a panda, watched monkey’s fly, fought monsters in Tokyo, climbed ladders, built kingdoms out of dominoes, traded wood for sheep, crashed racing cars, told stories, flew a dragon, flapped like a salmon, rolled dice, made new friends and laughed…lots.
The event was attended by over 80 people, with more than 30 different games played. Children joined members of Ipswich Junior Chess club to learn and play. The Children’s library was full of families trying out games like Guess Who, Connect 4 and Jenga and in the main part of the library there was a book pong table, Pitch Car, Heroscape and our trolley full of games that included the generous donation from Zatu Games of Catan, Happy Salmon, Once Upon A Time, Dixit and Takenoko.
Highlight of the event (of my day anyway)
During the afternoon I taught and played with a group of four children to play Pitch Car, Happy Salmon and In A Bind Jr (from IGW sponsor Stuff By Bez). For an hour we flicked cars, high-fived, ran round the table, and balanced cards on our eyebrows whilst oinking and mooing. Perhaps we should do this every Saturday..?
What’s Next for Ipswich County Library?
Ipswich County Library is situated in Ipswich’ town centre and holds 1000's of items for members to borrow, plus providing information services and a selection of events and activities for the community. We see the Board Games hobby as both an educational and social opportunity to offer and, with the help from our sponsor’s Zatu Games and the Friends of Ipswich County Library, we hope to grow our Board Games Library so that our community can have easy access to enjoy the experience.
We currently have over 50 games that are available in the library that can be played whenever we are open or they can be borrowed to take home for a week. There is a small charge but this money will be used to grow the collection in the future.
In 2018 we plan to continue supporting International Games Week plus adding an International TableTop Day event and providing regular board gaming events for all ages.