Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Gear Up for Family Game Nights @ Your Library

A lot is happening this summer at your Abilene Public Library!  Traditional reading clubs for children ages 6 to 18 have already begun and a new series of storytimes is just beginning  But what kind of activity can you do together as a family that's enjoyable for everyone no matter what their age?  Why not try Family Game Nights @ Your Library.

Mockingbird Branch is hosting Family Game Nights on June 20, July 18, and August 15 at 6:30PM.  Each night will feature a different category of games.  On June 20 we'll focus on dice games.  Great classics include Rodeo Rummy, Yahtzee, Candy Land, Clue, and Straight Shooters to name just a few.  Then on July 18 games such as Sorry, Monopoly, Bugs in the Kitchen, and Enchanted Forest along with other classic board games will be highlighted.  Finally on August 15 everyone is invited out to try their hand at card games such as Uno, Skip Bo, Go Fish, Choose One, and Flux.

School-aged children and parents or grandparents are welcome to attend these fun, free events.  Games and refreshments will be provided by us.  Plus, if you like, guests may even bring in their own favorite game from home to share as well.

Interactive gaming is a great way to turn off e-devices and spend quality time together.  Studies show interactive games are beneficial to children of all ages.  They help to improve their math, vocabulary, and communication skills tenfold.  Gaming can also help develop sportsmanship (accepting wins and losses with grace) and life skills (asking questions, reading directions, and using critical thinking) as well as develop empathy and cooperation amongst players.

Whatever your plans for summer 2016 may be, we hope you'll join us for Family Game Nights this summer at the Mockingbird Branch.  For more information, please call 325-437-7323.

Post Contributed by Anne Ellis, Branch Manager of the Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library

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