Whoa, Games at the Library?

Did you know that November 21st is a day for libraries around the world to participate in International Games Day? This means there are board games


Card games


and even video games!

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Library of the Future is Now

Libraries must not be solely quiet places to study anymore. They are the best of both worlds. A part quiet place and partially a space for community engagement. Who knew.

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History Before Your Eyes

So according to International Games @ Your Library, National Games Day started in 2007 as a free library event to set the world record for the highest number of people playing the same game at the same time. This became an international effort in 2012; hence renamed International Game Day.

Check out this map of all the libraries in the world participating.


What Types of Games

Where do we start? Depending on what your local library has planned, the activities can vary from board games to Minecraft Hunger Games. There is probably Magic being played as well (If not, bring your own deck!).

Basically any game can be a part of International Games Day. Gaming is a part of each countries culture. The types of games may vary, but the concept of having fun as a group is universal. What a way to bring the world together.


Where Should I Go?


University of Washington:

The Odegaard Library is providing a variety of tabletop games and SNACKS AND REFRESHMENTS. You can bring your own games too.

The Seattle Public Library(ies) are providing a variety of activities children, teens, and adults. Here are ones that are not exclusively for kids or teens.

  • Magnolia Branch is providing classic board games
  • Ballard branch is providing board games from Blokus, Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride to Jenga and Scrabble
  • Fremont Branch is inviting teens and adults to drop in and play Netrunner – a collectible card game that combines bluffing and strategy with a cyberpunk theme.
  • Queen Anne Branch is providing classic board games


Sno-Isle Public Libraries are providing board games and some video games too!

  • The Edmonds Library is providing class board games and a selection of wii games.
  • The Mill Creek Library is a little further north but if you commute to UW anyway from here, they are providing games and snacks!



Friday Game Night at the MC Crossroads

The Madison Library shows an event for International Games Day on the 21st at 2PM. They didn’t specify what age group but if you bring your own games just in case, it won’t matter.



Game Night in the ARC TONIGHT at 7PM. Apparently it’s a monthly thing!



Board Game Night at Uncle’s Games


Don’t want to play games….

Then find another activity to do this weekend on our event page!





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