Library Hosts Events For International Games Week

Ste. Genevieve County Library will be one of thousands of libraries around the country hosting International Games Week activities from November 3 to November 9.

“Outside of Cape Girardeau and Florissant, we are one of the only libraries in the area participating in this awesome event,” library director Shawn Long said.

The program will start on the evening of Tuesday, November 5, with an Ultimate Werewolf kickoff.

“The goal of our program is to get our community involved, and what better way to do it than to kick it off than with a game that can accommodate 74 players at one time?” Long said.

Other events include two how-to programs, including Wednesday [November 6] night’s Intro to Magic the Gathering and Thursday’s Intro to Munchkin. Both games have a great following in the area. Iggy’s Pop Shop will be in attendance on Wednesday to take brand new players through the game and how to play it step by step.

The Program ends with a party of sorts on the evening of Friday, November 6, called Library Got Game. Patrons of all ages are encouraged to come and check out the Library’s new selection of board games.

“We purchased a handful of some entry level board games that newbies are encouraged to try to get into the hobby,” Long said. “They included games like Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, and Azul just to name a few.

“I knew I wanted to participate in this program, so I started reaching out to manufacturers directly and received substantial donations from companies including Steve Jackson Games, Red Raven, Gamewright, and Exploding Kittens. In total we have over 40 games to choose from, many of which were donated to the library.”

After the program ends, the games will stay at the library and be available for patrons during their visit.

“We are going to test the waters with checking the games out in-house first,” Long said. “If the demand is there for being able to take them home, we will definitely look into it. We thought this would be a great first step in gauging interest in the community.”

Programs will be offered from 5-7 p.m. every evening during International Games Week with the exception being Friday evening, when the library will stay open an extra hour to accommodate the Library Got Game program.

For more information about this program, check out the library’s Facebook page, stop by the library, or contact library staff at [email protected] or 573-883-3358.

(Information in a release from the Ste. Genevieve County Library.)

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