I just got in from ALA Play, An Evening of Gaming, Maker, & STEM, sponsored by the Games and Gaming Round Table at #ALAac19. Attendees got to watch demonstrations of and PARTICIPATE in different board games and card games. There were games for young children as well as for adults. We also got to paint our own Warhammer miniature. (This was very relaxing and a good way to meet and interact with other librarians from around the country!) There were also ten or more raffle prizes given out at the end of the evening.
It was great learning about the new games that are available. I was excited to see that a lot of the games for younger children incorporate STEM and problem-solving while making it fun–what kid wouldn’t love solving crimes committed by cats or designing their own working mini-rollercoaster?! I got some great ideas for game nights(/afternoons!) at my library. And this was a great way to spend the evening after a busy day of travel followed by the exhibit floor.
Tomorrow morning, I plan to go to A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. There will then be sessions throughout the day, so I need to go and strategize…good thing I just got all of that experience from ALA Play!