National Gaming Day @ your library is an initiative of the American Library Association to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.
In the 21st century, libraries are about much more than books. On Saturday, November 12, 2011, more than one thousand libraries throughout the country will showcase gaming programs and services in support of NGD11. This year marks our fourth annual event. In 2010, more than 26,000 people played games at more than 1,800 libraries across the U.S. and in other countries.
Gaming of all types at the library encourages young patrons to interact with a diverse group of peers, share their expertise with others (including adults), and develop new strategies for gaming and learning. Plus, it's a way for traditionally underserved groups to have fun in the library and interact with other members of the community. Gaming Day is a great opportunity for families to get out of the house and play together in the one community institution that welcomes everyone.
Each year, ALA coordinates two parallel activities for National Gaming Day. The first is a national video game tournament. We'll be using the Ann Arbor District Library's GT software again for this year's tournaments. Participating libraries organize a local tournament during which their players compete against players at other libraries for national bragging rights!
In addition, ALA partners with donors to provide free copies of board and tabletop games for libraries across the country. Past donors have included companies such as AlphaBound, Hasbro, North Star Games, and Wizards of the Coast. This year FamilyAndPartyGames.com and DEMCO are official sponsors supporting libraries participating in NGD11. Please contact us if your company is interested sponsoring National Gaming Day or donating games, prizes, or snacks to local libraries.