Carmel Clay Public Library to add board games to circulation


The Carmel Clay Public Library will soon add board games to its collection of items in circulation.

“Board games are a great fit for our strategic goal of serving as a catalyst for learning, creating, discovering and sharing,” Sara O’Sha, audiovisual services supervisor, stated in an email. “We recognize game play as a way to encourage creative thinking and develop social and problem-solving skills. Games are also a fun way for family and friends to connect and the library wants to be part of that.”

The collection is designed to appeal to a wide range of ages and include 40 modern games.

“Players will be able to do everything from escaping a jungle to building civilizations, outrunning evil space cyborgs and laughing while solving old mysteries,” O’Sha stated. “We sought out games that rely on strategy, creative thinking, and sometimes cooperation, and think there are titles that will appeal to both novice and more experienced gamers.”

There will be two events Jan. 5 to help celebrate the new collection.

“During the afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., we’ll have a Family Games Day,” O’Sha stated. “Attendees can try out new board games for all ages, including life-size board games for younger players, or challenge someone to a chess or checkers game or test puzzle-solving skills. Most games are for ages 4 and up, but younger siblings are welcome.”

There also will ben an event Jan. 5 for adults ages 18 and up from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“We’ll be debuting the library’s new board game collection, and attendees with a library card can be the first to check one out,” O’Sha stated. “The evening will also feature role-playing games run by Paizo and a mini retro arcade with games set to free play.”

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