Drop-in adult board game nights coming to library

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John M. Cuelenaere Public Library program services supervisor Kim Bear holds up a version of the board game Clue based on the TV series 'The Big Bang Theory'. Starting next month, the library will begin hosting regular drop-in adult board game nights, with the first set to take place on Monday, Sept. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The John M. Cuelenaere Public Library has long offered board game activities as part of its children’s programming.

Now adults will have their chance to get in on the fun.

Starting next month, the library will begin offering regular drop-in board game nights for adults. The first board game night is scheduled to take place on Monday, Sept. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Program services supervisor Kim Bear originally came up with the idea of the adult board game nights.

“I was trying to think of a program, something that we haven’t done before for adults -- something to get more adults into the library other than just for reading,” Bear recalled.

“I was looking at the children’s programming and I noticed that we do put on programs where the kids can play games and Lego and fun stuff like that.”

While the library offers a healthy number of programs targeted at adults, such as its lifelong learning sessions and computer classes, Bear realized that it did not offer fun activities for adults in the same sense that children enjoyed.

“I thought, ‘Well, why can’t we play games with the adults?’” she said. “So I went ahead and I ordered a few games for adult game night.”

Among the games Bear ordered are the original Scrabble, a special edition of Clue based on the TV series The Big Bang Theory and a version of Monopoly built around popular zombie saga The Walking Dead.

I was trying to think of a program ... something to get more adults into the library other than just for reading. Kim Bear

Another is the fantasy tabletop role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons, known for its fervent cult following.

“Apparently it’s quite a big deal,” Bear said with a chuckle.

“There are more (games) as well that I just don’t have access to see right now,” she added. “Those are just the newest ones I have sitting on top of my desk.”

The drop-in board game nights will be based in the library’s craft room -- located in the back of the children’s section -- but will likely extend to other locations through the building.

Bear expressed hope that the event would prove popular enough to see multiple board games being played at once.

“I’m hoping maybe certain groups of people will come in together and pick a game that they like, and go find a little corner in the library or a table in the back and just play on their own,” she said.

The game nights are free and no registration is required. Players can simply turn up at the event and start enjoying the games.

Organizers are waiting to gauge attendance at the initial game nights before establishing a regular date for the event, Bear noted.

“I’m going to actually do September and October for sure, and then go from there.”

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