MCC Library offers fun and games

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By Cynthia Price

Why has the Hendrik Meijer Library at Muskegon Community College held International Games Day for four years?

Games are good for your brain and excellent indicators of the state of the culture. They bring people together socially and enhance problem-solving skills.

And, depending on whether the game you’re playing suits you, they can be a lot of fun.

The MCC Library wants to encourage all those things, so last Saturday a group of volunteers once again came out and invited the public in to play.

Folks from the American Library Association started National Game Day in 2007, and it quickly became International Game Day in 2012 as communities in Australia and Scandinavia took up the idea. The full name of the event, since 2017, is International Games Week, to offer more scheduling options.

Other Muskegon Area District Libraries held game days during that week, which was Nov. 3-9.

Volunteers, including those associated with the Games and Gaming Round Table of the American Library Association, head up the events. At MCC, chief volunteer is Lisa Anderson, who has been doing it for awhile. She said that some library employees volunteer as well.

Games like Candyland, chess, Risk, video games, and even ping pong are set up in the library and nearby rooms. There was also a Mario Cart tournament and a Virtual Reality exercise. Additional board and activity games, like Buzz Word and Cranium, can be checked out for use at the variety of tables set up for the purpose in the library. As players of all ages win games, they are given slips to enter drawings – as many slips as they can win by winning the competitions (with very kind volunteers making the call about who is eligible).

For more info and the 2020 International Game Week dates, visit https://games.ala.org/international-games-week/

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