This year marks the eighth year for the International Games Day celebration, and registration is off to a great start with over 800 registrations for the 2015 event! Our goal is to have over 1500 libraries register this year, so keep spreading the word.
Each year we have sponsors who provide games to help you start or build your collection. This year Good Games, Konami, Looney Labs, Steve Jackson Games, and USAopoly have all returned to offer you games. We also have two new sponsors: Yummy Yummy Tummy and Asmodee. These donations have been the impetus for starting game collections in libraries both large and small across the library world.
The Global Gossip Game and the Minecraft Hunger Games tournament will also be returning this year. In the Global Gossip Game (GGG), libraries pass a phrase from library to library around the globe. At the end of the day, the beginning and ending phrase are matched and a report is released with all of the changes it went through on its journey.
The Ann Arbor District Library is once again leading the week-long Minecraft Hunger Games tournament. Each library becomes a “district” whose players may be chosen at the reaping as representatives in a series of PvP survival matches inside a Minecraft World. Districts with the highest points will go on to an international tournament.
If you haven’t registered yet, you can do so at http://igd.ala.org/register/ [inactive] This event has only one requirement – you have to have some sort of game-related activity in or around your library, on or around the official date, Saturday, November 21, 2015. The games can be video games on a library console, tabletop games, social games, party games – whatever you think will work for your individual library and community.
The International Games Day Committee makes participating easy by providing a press kit with poster and materials to help you promote the day in your library at http://igd.ala.org/library-press-kit/ [inactive].
The American Library Association’s Games and Gaming Round Table would like to thank our collaborators, Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and Nordic Game Day, for helping make this event truly international. A special thanks goes out to ALIA for the wonderful poster design. This event is not only a collaboration of associations but also relies heavily on the hard work of individual librarians from around the world. This event is run by volunteers and we couldn’t do it without them!
Get your Game On @ the library!