Welcome to Follow-Up Friday!
By this time, you know the drill. Follow-Up Friday is a chance for us to revisit the subjects of previous posts and bring the PuzzleNation audience up to speed on all things puzzly.
And today, I’d like to return to the subject of puzzle-game holidays!
[Once again, a board game brings a family together…]
In the past I’ve written plenty about International TableTop Day, the holiday dedicated to social gaming and puzzling. But did you know that in less than two weeks, another puzzle-game holiday arrives?
That’s right, November 15 is International Games Day, an event organized by the American Library Association “to celebrate the mutually-reinforcing power of play and learning.”
From the I Love Libraries website:
Libraries are about sharing culture and information, and games are a form of culture that you often have to share – you often can’t experience them without another player!
They’re also good for brain health, and foster important life skills like socialization, theory of mind and systems literacy. Plus, they’re fun!
Whether video games, tabletop games, social games or other kinds of games, they’re all a part of culture whose importance is only becoming clearer with time. And that means we need to foster the kind of smart engagement that libraries support, for games as well as books.
And while International TableTop Day is synonymous with board games, card games, and roleplaying games, International Games Day encompasses all of the above and more, including online videogames, trivia games, and any other games you can think of.
It’s a terrific opportunity to come out to support both games and your local library, and maybe make a few new friends along the way!
Let us know if you’ll be participating in International Games Day, PuzzleNationers! We’d love to see pictures and hear all about it!
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