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Exhibit: Pawn Stars, Fake Money and Chancy Die Rolls: The History of Classic Board Games

Exhibit: Pawn Stars, Fake Money and Chancy Die Rolls: The History of Classic Board Games
The library is putting together an exhibit on the history of some of the most classic board games from Monopoly to Risk. The exhibit will be on display in the second floor, F.M. Kirby Gallery from September 26 through December 1. It will feature various types of board games, examining games of strategy, ones geared toward children, ‘home games’ of TV game shows, ones involving money and even the appearance of popular culture in board games.

“I think it's wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.” – Comedian Steven Wright

Candy Land boardAlthough the age of Pac Man, Tetris and Halo have made video games reign supreme since the 1980s, board games have always had their place whether as dedicated family time, a passion for serious enthusiasts or as a simple divergence from a screen. In fact, board games have made a serious comeback recently consisting in 15-20% increases in sales each of the last three years according to industry experts. Crowdfunding sites are financing new game projects, various bars provide board games for their clientele and even high tech designers use computer-based tools to (ironically) create tactile, table-top games. Whether a game is a night of family fun or whether it sits on the dining room table for months as players strategize moves, the classic games in this genre are ones that Baby Boomers and Gen Xers recognize without a fault. Stratego, Candy Land, Scrabble, Life, etc. are still immensely popular decades after their initial release and games such as Parcheesi, Backgammon and even Chutes and Ladders were actually developed thousands of years ago.

To coincide with the exhibit, the Library is participating in the American Library Association’s seventh annual celebration of “International Games Day @ The Library” on Saturday, November 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The library will have a host of different games for adults and families alike to play against each other or against the library staff! Help us celebrate the power of games and play.

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