International Games Day

Megan Manning, Staff Writer

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   November 19th, 2016 will mark the 9th annual International Games day at the McPherson public library. Thousands of other libraries take part in this event every year, International Games day includes special gaming programs and fun suiting for the whole family. This day is meant to celebrate the power of games and play. 

I love International Games Day. The fun and energy you see throughout the library is quite a sight to behold. As a bonus, it also allows us to promote the benefit that gaming has on literacy and critical thinking skills”

— Jennifer McCulley

   From 9 am to 2 pm the McPherson library will have various board games, card games, and all kinds of games which will be available for everyone to play. Along with all the games the library will offer the Village Geek will also be there to offer games as well. International Games day is supported by the American Library Association, the Australian library, along with Nordiac Game day. Along with the Village Geek there are many gaming companies that sponsor this event by supplying free games to the libraries. All ages are welcome to any event provided at the library. 

   Jennifer McCulley is the youth services coordinator at the McPherson Public Library, she has been a part of this event since 2010 which was also her first year at the library. Jennifer McCulley says “I love International Games Day. The fun and energy you see throughout the library is quite a sight to behold. As a bonus, it also allows us to promote the benefit that gaming has on literacy and critical thinking skills.” 

   McCulley describes the game day, “International Games Day is a very unique event. When libraries across the world come together to celebrate gaming it takes a simple game day to an entirely different level. Our celebrations will include games for all ages. Our youngest may gravitate towards games like Memory or Candy Land, while others may wish to challenge their peers in Timeline. I’ve seen these events bring together people of vastly different ages and backgrounds. There is nothing quite like seeing two complete strangers sit down and play a board game together.”

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   For McCulley she started when the event was only in its’ third year and it was called National Games Day, now it is a much more global event to celebrate gaming all over the world.