The library is a good resource for family night games

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As it gets darker and colder earlier, this is the perfect time of year for people to stay home and have a game night. The Delaware County District Library (DCDL) has had board games on our shelves for several years. However, we have been busy giving our customers a new way to easily find a game that suits their specific needs or wants.

The new collection of games can be found at www.delawarelibrary.org/games and has over 160 unique titles that you can borrow with your library card. Whether you’re looking for a simple board game for a toddler, a fast-paced card game for the whole family, a complex role-playing game (RPG) for friends, or a party game that will make you all laugh, DCDL has you covered.

Visit the new games page on our website, where you can sort our entire collection by age, category, number of players and average playing time. Each game is listed with a brief description, but also has a link to a longer listing with additional details. Once you’ve found the one you want (or two or three) it’s easy to place a breakpoint. Simply click on “Reserve” and pick it up at your DCDL branch at home.

Of course, you can also choose a game the “old-fashioned” way by dropping in at your local branch and browsing the collection in person. You can see what is currently available and can take home a game on site.

Up to three board games can be borrowed at the same time for two weeks. Games can be renewed up to three times as long as there are no other restrictions. To keep our games in good condition, please remember to return them to the circulation desk instead of putting them in the book return.

I’ve listed a few games below that can be fun for different ages in your household. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please let us know. We are constantly evaluating our collection and listening to our customers. Have fun playing!

• From 2 years: “First orchard”. Can the children pick the hearty fruits from the orchard and put them in the basket before the raven reaches the end of the path? Only the lucky rolls of the large wooden cube will tell! This game encourages: free play, recognition of colors and shapes and an initial understanding of rules.

• From 5 years: “Fire! Fire! Firefighters! “Alert, Alert! In Firecreek, Bill Butcher’s favorite sausage is on fire. It’s time for Fred Fire Chief and his four firefighters to get moving. Unfortunately, two of the firefighters overslept … but there’s no time to waste. The Fireman who puts out most of the fires and collects cards to build the longest road wins the game and is the best firefighter in town.

• From 10 years: “Dinosaur Island”. Scientists have discovered a way to clone dinosaurs from viable DNA stored in the fossil record. Today it’s the museums that have practically died out as shrewd investors turned these original dinosaur sanctuaries into bustling theme parks, veritable meccas for dinosaur fans around the world. At Dinosaur Island, every player takes on the role of a park manager in one of these prime travel destinations. You have handed over the reins of a burgeoning operation – bring the fantastic creatures of the Jurassic, Triassic, and Cretaceous into the modern age. Early retirement is yours when you can make your park bigger and better than the competition!

• From 14 years: “code names”. Two rival spy masters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Your teammates only know the agents by their code names. In Codenames, two teams compete to see who can contact all of their agents first. Spy masters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Your teammates try to guess words of the correct color while avoiding those who are on the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin. Code names: win or lose, fun figuring out the clues.

If you have a question that needs answers in this column, send it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions to the library website at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at [email protected] No matter how you contact us, we are always happy to receive your inquiry!

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