Board Games

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    Fun fact! Did you know the library has board games that you can come in and play? We do! And not just the same old Monopoly, Clue, and Risk games that you grew up playing as a child, but new and improved games.

    Do you avoid playing board games with your family because they are too competitive? Maybe you should try a game with a more cooperative board style. Instead of getting mad because your game mates sabotaged you, the board is the element that is trying to kill you.

    On the 20th of April we are having an adult event to help you learn to play a bunch of different board games, such as DiXit, Pandemic, Avalon, Bang! The Dice Game, and so many more! Please come join us for a game filled evening.

    To give you a better idea of why you will definitely want to play them, here are five of my favorite board games the library recently purchased.


    You are a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) trying to save the world from disease. There are four strains trying to kill off the planet. Each player has a special ability which will help you cure the disease. This is one of my favorite cooperative games, since it encourages team building as you work together to discover the cures to various strains. It gives everyone playing a common enemy that isn't a person, which is so nice.





    This is an Old West themed dice game. A sheriff is identified and then each other player has a secret identity as a deputy, an outlaw, or a renegade. The deputies win if the sheriff wins. The outlaws win if the sheriff dies. And the renegades win if the sheriff is the last person standing. The dice are my favorite element. You get three rolls and your available actions are really straight forward, which makes teaching this game really easy.




    Cockroach PokerCOCKROACH POKER

    This game of creepy crawlies is so much fun. The cards depict eight critters and there are eight of each one. The point of the game is to stick one person with four of the same critter i.e. four scorpions. For example, person A passes a card to person B and says “This is a bat”. Person B has to determine whether person A is lying or not. If person B is right, person A gets the card; if person B is wrong, they get the card. This game is a fun challenge to see how well you can tell whether or not someone is lying.


    This is an awesome variation on 20 questions. In the group everyone gets a card identifying the same location, except for one person who receives the spy card. The point of the game is to ask each other questions till you figure out who the spy is, or in the spy’s case finding out everyone else’s location. Imagine having everyone’s location be at the mechanic’s and then someone asking you what kind of food is served there. Everyone else will know who the spy is and answer that there are “all sorts of food," when there are obviously not all sorts of food at a mechanic's shop. Hilarity ensues. 


    This has some of the craziest art work I have ever seen in a game. In DIXIT everyone has a hand of cards and the first player picks one and gives some clue about it. Everyone else puts in a card they think fits that clue. The first player will shuffle the cards and lay them out randomly. Then everyone else votes which card they feel was the original. This is an amazing game for friends to play together. It is really lighthearted as earned points move bunnies around the score board for the win.




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    For the past few years, we’ve been leaving a cart full of board games out near the Teen section for groups to play here in the Library on Friday nights. We haven't been able to do that during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we miss seeing groups gather together and learn to play new games. Fortunately, you can now check out board games and take them home! Here are a few things you’ll need to know:

    There’s a binder at the 1st floor Reference desk that lists all of our available games, or you can find a list online here. You can also find the games listed in our catalog. Unfortunately, right now the games aren't displayed somewhere in the library for you to browse the collection yourself (although we hope to change that soon!).  For now, you’ll need to ask one of the librarians at the 1st floor Reference desk to get you the game you want to check out.

    Games check out for three weeks, just like our books and A/V collections.

    Board Games should not be returned in the book drops.  They’ll need to be returned directly to the Circulation Desk, like Chromebooks.

    Here are a few of the games we have at the Provo Library that I especially enjoy playing:

    2.10 PandemicPANDEMIC

    This probably seems like an odd choice given the times we're living through, but who knows? Maybe you'll find it cathartic! Pandemic is a cooperative board game; players try to work together to save the world from the spread of disease and world panic. To be honest, my team has died every time I’ve played this game, but I love that it’s a collaborative game instead of one that pits everyone against each other.


    game Pass the PigsPASS THE PIGS

    Pass the Pigs is a dice game using miniature pigs as the dice.  The object of the game is to be the first player to reach 100 points.  This game has a really simple concept, but I still love to play it.  Getting the pigs to land snout-first, or leaning on just one leg is oddly satisfying.


    2.10 Ticket to RideTICKET TO RIDE

    In Ticket to Ride, each player builds train lines to various destinations.  You earn points for the number of train lines you build, and for having the longest route.  My brother-in-law is amazing at strategy games, so he usually wins this one, but someday, I will build the longest route. I just know it!


    game sneaky snacky squirrelTHE SNEAKY SNACKY SQUIRREL GAME

    For those hoping for games for young children, we have those too!  The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel game is meant for children ages three and older.  It’s designed to help children practice things like fine motor skills, matching skills, strategic thinking, and taking turns.  Plus, it’s just so cute!  The idea is that each player is a squirrel who needs to gather five acorns of a specific color.


    We hope this will allow families a chance to have a good time together and build relationships.  Come check out a board game from the Library!

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    When I was a young newlywed, it was hard to come up with different and affordable activities for date nights. I wish I had known back then about all the fun (and free) things that the library has to offer!

    (15-90 min)

    We have many board games available for in-house use. Check out our website for a list of games, how long each game takes, and how many people can play.

    (60 min)

    Participants travel from room to room in the library trying to solve a mystery, similar to the game Clue, by Parker Brothers. Some of your favorite villains have been causing mayhem in the library. The winner will correctly guess the suspect, location, and the weapon involved in the crime. This game can accommodate anywhere between 3-18 players and would be perfect for double or group dates! Visit our website for more info and to make a reservation (required).

    (45-60 min)

    Another great option for double and group dates are our escape rooms! Participants are stuck in a room and cannot get out until they solve a variety of puzzles and clues leading to the key that will let them out of the room. There are two different themes to choose from: School of Magic (Medium Difficulty) or Sherlock Holmes (Hard Difficulty). The escape rooms work best for groups of 4-8 people. Go to our website to reserve a room (required). 

    (45-90 min)

    The library hosts a wide variety of programs each month. Some popular programs include our Authorlink series, our Monday Night Performances and our Learn It programs. Most programs are free, though some may require tickets. Visit our online calendar to see what programs are coming up and to view details for specific programs.


    In the mood for a night in instead? Luckily, we have plenty of movies to choose from! Patrons are allowed to checkout up to 20 movies at a time and can have them out for three weeks. Come in and browse, or take a look at our website for movies that have been added to our collection most recently.

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    So hopefully you all know that the Provo City Library is amazing and has over 60 board games that you are welcome to use inside the library. Board gaming is amazing and is something of a passion of mine. I love how far board games have come since the eight that I remember in my parent’s house … long story short neither Monopoly or Risk are my favorite. While Clue and Sorry are fun, they are not what I want to play all the time. So if you need inspiration for a family activity please come and see what we have at the library.

    Here are my top 5 if you would like any ideas, but this list was harder to pick from than I thought it would be. If you go to you can see a complete list of all the awesomeness we have at the library.

    PANDEMIC: This is a Cooperative board game, meaning everyone is trying to beat the board that is metaphorically trying to kill you. So in this game, players are members of the CDC trying to cure the world of disease. This game throws in a twist when the disease outbreaks and spreads to adjacent locations on the board.

    TAKENOKO: Think Zen Settlers of Catan (which we also have). This game is set in Japan where you are trying to complete your card objectives by cultivating a beautiful garden, grow bamboo, and feed your panda, all while the other players are trying to complete their secret objectives.

    PLAYING CARDS: I know what you are thinking - what am I going to do with a deck of cards? Well the answer is there is a whole bunch of fun you can have (other than 52 pickup, which I will be the first to say is not very fun).  If you don’t come knowing how to play Speed, War, or Egyptian Rat Screw, we have a book with various games one can play with this super mobile deck.

    DIXIT: This is an amazing game with awesome artwork. Throw out clues and try to get people to guess what card you picked but if you make it too easy you get no points and if you make your clue too hard you get no points. I absolutely love the artwork in this game and it is really fun to see the players interpretations of the clues that are given by the clue giver.

    TSURO: The game of the path, this game is really easy to learn and accommodates up to 8 players. Everyone tries to stay on the board for as long as possible; if your paths collide and you run into another player, you die. If your piece falls off the board you also die, and you must follow the path you are on. Super simple rules and really fun at the same time.