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:
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.
PASS 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.
TICKET 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!
THE 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!