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In Celebration of International Games Day
Two young boys playing a handheld video gameOn Saturday, November 16, Broward County Library customers can join more than 20,000 people in communities across the United States and around the world in celebrating the American Library Association’s International Games Day @ your library. International Games Day aims to reconnect communities with their libraries in a celebration of the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games.
Why is Broward County Libraries celebrating gaming? Library gaming programs encourage interaction between customers of all ages and cultures. As games have evolved over the years to become more dynamic – requiring more interaction and socialization amongst players – so have libraries, by re-energizing themselves as community learning centers. Libraries still provide traditional services, but continue to evolve by offering new formats like video games and programs like family gaming nights.
During International Games Day, participating libraries from all 50 states and countries abroad including Australia, Japan, the Philippines and the United Kingdom, will hold a variety of gaming activities that include modern board games, video games, card games and role-playing games, as well as two international video game tournaments. Broward County Libraries will also host Games Day events as well as regularly scheduled chess club and Lego club meetings and weekly tween Wii gaming fun.

It's all fun and games at your library on November 16 - International Games Day Events @ Broward County Libraries!
November 9 - Create Your Own Video Game, teens, 2 to 4 p.m., Pompano Beach Library
November 16 - International Games Day @ your library, children’s program, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tyrone Bryant Library
November 16 - Throwback Favorites. Play some of your favorite throwback games, ages 13-18, noon to 1 p.m. 1st floor, Room 1035, Nova Southeastern Alvin Sherman University Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
More Gaming Fun for Kids @ Broward County Libraries!
Closeup of a white pawn surrounded by black chess pieces on a chess boardNovember 2 - Youth Chess Club, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Southwest Regional Library
November 2 - "New" Lego Club! Build and create Lego masterpieces, ages 5-11, 11 a.m., Northwest Regional Library
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (Saturdays) - Chess Club, ages 6-12, 3 to 4 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
November 6, 13, 20, 27 (Wednesdays) - Tween Wii Gaming Fun, ages 8-12, 5 to 5:30 p.m., Miramar Branch Library & Education Center 
Games to Go @ Broward County Libraries
Broward County Library has over 2,000 video games in its collection including games for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles. Customers can search the library’s catalogs online for game availability information only, as video games cannot be placed on hold online. 
Visit these library locations below to browse and check out games: Hallandale Beach Library, Margate Catharine Young Library, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center and Young at Art Museum/Broward County Library
video game controller 
Video games may be requested from these libraries for you to pick up at your local branch by calling with the game title and console type. There is a loan period of seven days, with a limit of two games per library card.

Games People Play: New Video Game Resources from Broward County Libraries
  • Family Party Games: 100 Games for All Occasions by Peter Arnold
    Find 100 entertaining games to make any family gathering more memorable.
  • Game Design by Greg Austic
    From board to the latest video, readers learn how games are designed and what makes a good game. (eBook only)
  • Games: Learn to Play, Play to Win by Daniel King
    Provides instructions on how to play a range of card and board games, as well as strategy and history of the games. (eBook only)
  • Games You Can’t Lose: A Guide for Suckers by Harry Anderson
    The tricks behind cons, swindles, and wagers that separate fools and their money in streets, bars, carnivals, casinos and racetracks every day.
  • How to Become a Video Game Artist by Sam Kennedy
    Industry veteran Sam Kennedy gives readers everything they require to become a game artist.
  • Sidewalk Games by Glenn Viccione
    From Freeze Tag to Double Dutch, this lively book presents some of the best traditional street and sidewalk activities ever.
  • The Games Book by Huw Davies
    This compendium includes traditional indoor and outdoor games enjoyed by generations of children and their parents before them.
  • The Pocket Guide to Games by Bart King
    The 75 games in this book revive the tradition of game playing without computers, joy sticks, boards, or game pieces.
  • 50 Games to Play with Your Dog by Suelllen Dainty
    Discover games that are both easy to teach and fun for your canine pal.