For the love of the game, Polk County Public Libraries will begin offering board games for patrons to check out starting on Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14.
The 14 board games that will available for check-out are The Resistance, Burger Up, Ticket to Ride, Exploding Kittens, Guillotine, Codenames, Kingdomino, King of Tokyo, Ice Cool, Machi Koro, Splendor, Guardians Call, Chunky Monkey Business and Catan.
Lending board games within the Polk County community is a new way the libraries seek to provide resources and activities that encourage exploration of new ideas and personal interests. Most board games are explicitly designed to encourage face-to-face social interaction. In addition to being fun, gaming builds teamwork, storytelling, planning, sportsmanship, reading comprehension and an awareness of probability. Patrons are encouraged to take a break from their devices and social media accounts and engage with family and friends across a table.
The Columbus Library also plans to host a monthly board game demo night. At 6 p.m., Thursday, March 19, library visitors can learn the basics of Ticket to Ride. With dozens of international awards and more than 6 million games sold, Ticket to Ride is one of the most popular modern board game series to date. Learn how to play this cross-country train adventure where players collect cards of various types of train cars that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities in various countries around the world.
Polk County Public Libraries has two libraries – the Columbus Library and the Saluda Library – as well as outreach services. PCPL offers books, movies, music, audiobooks, and downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, as well as public computers and wireless Internet access. PCPL offers regularly scheduled programs for people of all ages. To learn more, visit www.polklibrary.org.