Holiday Break!

With the kiddos out of school, what is there to do? See what’s happening at the library:

All Daniel Boone Regional Library locations will be closed all day on December 24 & 25 and close at noon on December 31. Even when the library is closed, you can still visit us online and enjoy Tumblebooks and EZTales!

Game on With the Million Minute Family Challenge

From September 1 to December 31 you can join in a national effort to encourage your family and friends to socialize through non-electronic games.  This extended event is all about turning away from a screen and toward real faces, interacting with the important people in your life and nurturing your human connections, using board games as the means.  You can go to the Million Minute Family Challenge website to find out all the details. You’ll have the option of creating an account so that you can log the minutes you spend playing board games and help all involved reach the million-minute mark (roughly 694 days worth of game-playing time!) together.

Although this site is somewhat commercial (it sells the games it promotes), it provides a lot of helpful and free information. For example, there are ideas for making game time into a more formal event by offering prizes or making game playing part of a potluck dinner. And there is a list of benefits of intergenerational play, tips on how to select games appropriate to  participants’ interests and abilities and a good explanation of the value of setting aside time to interact this way. I offer this book list that expands on the board game idea to include other family-oriented games and activities that promote spending “unplugged” time together.  Continue reading