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As technology has evolved, so has the library. In addition to classic board games, “gaming” at the library means Wii™ for all ages and early literacy stations with computer games for young children. Playing together builds bonds, not to mention hours of fun.


  • Attend the next library Game Night, which may feature board or card games like Monopoly®, Scrabble®, checkers, Uno® and also multiplayer video games like Rock Band®, where the whole family can show off.
  • In November, see if your library is participating in the American Library Association’s National Gaming Day @ your library, which reconnects communities around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.


  • Host a family game night at home. Your library might have board games or video games for popular game systems that you can check out for free with a library card.
  • Try geocaching, a game that can bring your family together and show you a new way to learn about your world. Find hidden treasures all around you with this high-tech update on traditional scavenger hunts. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS enabled devices, and share their experiences online. Some libraries host geocaching 101 workshops or have geocaches, helping you explore the library building and its resources. To get started, visit
Settlers of Catan at Portland Public Library

Whether you are an advanced gamer or just enjoy the occasional round of Wii Bowling, connecting with other gaming teens is easy, with endless opportunities at your library.

Kids playing chess

It’s National Library Card Sign-Up Month, so what better time than now to sign up for a card and discover the magic at your local library? Here are three fun activities you can play at the library.

Scavenger Hunt

Go on a scavenger hunt at your library. To get started, ask your mom, dad or babysitter to answer these questions:

Kids  playing outdoors

In a world where lines form upon the release of Nintendo Wii, it’s a wonder anything but electronic fanaticism is alive in the hearts of kids today. But never fear: Family time in the way of boards and dice is still around.
Board games, card games and other old-fashioned entertainment are making a comeback in the modern family. And we’re not talking some cyber board game online or interactive card game on TV. The classics — Monopoly, checkers, Chutes and Ladders, Life — are back.