International Games Week 2018 brings community together to read, learn and play
This year, Stornoway Library will join thousands in celebrating the popularity and power of games and play. During International Games Week (4 to 10 November) the library will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family, to encourage people to come together.
A number of activities have been arranged for the week, focusing on different types of games. It's not only familiar board games, such as scrabble, that will be available, but Virtual Reality ones as well. The library's VR system has a number of puzzle games to test young and old, such as Waddle Home, Wayward Sky and Tumble VR. Younger children can test themselves with the silly, fun games in the PS4 Playroom.
The highlight of the week will be a chess challenge with members of the Nicolson Institute Chess Team. Members of the public can sign up to test their skills against the up and coming players. Those new to chess and wanting to find out more, can also have a lesson from the young chess masters.
The Gateway Nerds will end International Games Week with an all-day 'game-a-thon' - open to board gamers of all ages and interests. Board games have come a long way over the last few years, with mysterious, beautiful and challenging games such as Carcasonne and Dixit. Joining the Gateway Nerds at the library will provide the perfect way to find out about these games and how to play them.
Helene Lagrange, Library Assistant with Western Isles Libraries, said: "This is our first time celebrating International Games Week – one of only three libraries in Scotland! We have a number of games readily available in the Space for people to enjoy, including scrabble and chess but people have seemed nervous to try them out. International Games Week is the perfect time for us to promote the games and encourage communities to connect.
"The library stocks a number of different board games which are freely available to the public in The Space at all times. The Space is the perfect place to meet up for a friendly game and chat."
International Games Week is an international initiative supported by the American Library Association, the Australian Library and Information Association, Nordic Game Day and L'Associazione Italiana Biblioteche. For more information on International Games Week please visit the Games in Libraries blog http://games.ala.org.
A few of the Nicolson Institute Chess Players