Media Release

For immediate release October 16, 2009

Game On
This October, come out and play at your library!

Chess, cards, Guitar Hero, Monopoly — games are as varied as the people who play them. From October 18-24, Halifax Public Libraries is presenting Games @ the Library, a week-long series featuring over 40 game-themed programs for adults, teens, school-aged children and families.

“Today’s libraries are not just about taking out books. People visit the library for all sorts of reasons: to meet friends, to use computers, to enjoy musical performances or to play games,” said Darlene Beck, branch manager of the Spring Garden Road Memorial Library and program planner for Games @ the Library.

Games are a fun way to promote literacy and critical thinking, aspects encouraged through all library programming. Games offer recreation, social interaction and mental stimulation for people of all ages. From the simplest educational games for toddlers to adults playing the Wii for neurological rehabilitation after a stroke, games deliver more benefits than just an entertaining way to spend a rainy afternoon.

“The library is the life-long learning centre of the community, and we’re always looking for new ways to deliver learning experiences to our patrons. Playing games teaches cognitive skills like strategizing and social skills like teamwork,” said Darlene.

Hosting a series of game programs is also a way to attract new library patrons. “Sometimes, we see people who have never visited the library before coming through the door to play chess or to use a computer to play online games. Once they come inside, they see all the services the library offers. This October, we hope to connect even more people to the library through the game programs,” said Darlene.

Games @ the Library is sponsored by the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA), and was created to show that libraries are places in communities where people meet, learn and have fun. To celebrate Games @ the Library, Hasbro Canada is providing every public library in Atlantic Canada with a copy of Scrabble Classic and Pictureka. And one participant in Games @ the Library in Atlantic Canada will be taking home a Nintendo Wii gaming system. Games @ the Library — a winning combination!

Halifax Public Libraries is the life-long learning centre of the community and the place people turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information.

Media inquiries:
Marlo MacKay
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
(902) 490-5852