For the Love of Games: Celebrate International Games Week at the Library!

Charli Barnes News

The Christian County Library will join over oneInternational Games Week Logo thousand libraries around the world in celebrating International Games Week from November 3rd–9th. International Games Week is an annual event promoted by the American Library Association to celebrate the popularity and educational, recreational, and social value of video and board games. Christian County Library will be extending the festivities through the entire month of November!

Board games have been proven to aid in learning many necessary skills, while also being a lot of fun. When playing games with an adult, children can learn and refine skills such as how to take turns, how to work in a team, and how to follow structured rules. Don’t be fooled, though, games aren’t just for little kids and they also come in all shapes and sizes! Strategy games help to boost language skills and brain development, historical themed games can be tied with curricular pursuits to enhance learning opportunities, and storytelling or fantasy-based games can help players practice their creative thinking and communication skills. However, what all games give families is the opportunity to spend quality time together.

The Christian County Library will be hosting special game events at our branches in Clever, Ozark, and Nixa to celebrate our love of gaming. With special events targeted towards families and kids of all ages, tweens in grades 4–7, and teens grades 8 and up, there are many opportunities to try out new games with friends or family. Family Game Days for ages 0–99 will take place on Tuesday, November 5th at the Nixa Branch from 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m., or Saturday, November 9th at the Ozark Branch from 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

The Southern Banks locations in Nixa, Ozark, and Clever have partnered with the Library to sponsor refreshments to families during all the Library’s game events throughout the month of November, and are offering families the chance to enter a drawing for a prize basket of games and related items at their local Library Branch. View the Library Calendar of Events or visit your local Library branch to learn more about our upcoming events.

Join in the fun! International Games Week Events in November:

  • Tween Game Day at the Clever Branch
    Friday, Nov. 1, 1–4 p.m., for tweens in grades 4–7
  • Tween Game Day at the Ozark Branch
    Monday, Nov. 4, 2:30–5:30 p.m., for tweens in grades 4–7
  • Family Game Day at the Nixa Branch
    Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1:30–3:30 p.m., for kids and families
  • Family Game Day at the Ozark Branch
    Saturday, Nov. 9, 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m., for kids and families
  • Teen Game Night at the Ozark Branch
    Tuesday, Nov. 12, 5–7:30 p.m., for teens in grades 7–12
  • Teen Game Night at the Clever Branch
    Thursday, Nov. 14, 3–5 p.m., for teens in grades 7–12
  • Family Game Day at the Clever Branch
    Friday, Nov. 15, 2–4 p.m., for kids and families
  • Teen Game Night at the Nixa Branch
    Monday, Nov. 18, 3–6 p.m., for teens in grades 7–12
  • Game Day with MetaGames Unlimited at the Nixa Branch
    Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., for kids and families