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Read, learn and play during International Games Day @ your library

The Keene Public Library will participate in the eighth annual celebration of gaming in libraries – International Games Day @ Your Library on Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Libraries are known as the place to go to share culture in the form of books, music, movies and even technology. But, more and more they are becoming a place to gather as a community for the purpose of playing games.On November 4th, many libraries are planning special programming revolving around celebrating the mutually-reinforcing power of play and learning. Programs at the Keene Public Library will include video game and board game play and a Super Smash Bros. tournament. Teen Services Librarian Jay Fee invites players of all ages to “put your Super Smash Bros skills to the test in this tournament!!” Be in the library’s Auditorium on the Lower Level by 10:30 a.m. to register for the tournament, which begins at 11 a.m. sharp. There will be prizes for the top 3 finishers. The library is located at 60 Winter Street.Gaming is yet another example of how we are fulfilling the desire to learn, play, and yes, read at your library. “Libraries are becoming family destinations, and are continuously offering new formats and innovative programs and services that educate, entertain, and expand interaction with their users,” said Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services at the Keene Public Library. “Libraries are also places where users of all ages are welcome to have fun together. Kids can play video games at home but the library is a safe, non-commercial environment. The library even loans video and tabletop games so that families can try and learn new games and benefit from game playing in their homes at their own pace. Library programs such as International Games Day and our weekly tabletop nights allow kids and adults can socialize with friends, play games surrounded by books and supportive librarians. Game playing at the library encourages patrons to interact with diverse peers, share their experience with others, and develop new strategies for gaming and learning.”  You can learn more at http://ilovelibraries.org/gaming. The library is located at 60 Winter Street. For more information about International Games Day at the Keene Public Library, gaming and other programs and activities for young people, please call the library at 603-352-0157.