Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Game on: WRL to host International Games Day

Gamers get ready for WRL event
Settlers of Catan is one of the games that will be featured during Williamsburg Regional Library’s International Games Day Celebration. (Photo courtesy WRL)

Williamsburg gamers can get their game on with fellow enthusiasts from around the globe Saturday, Nov. 19.

Williamsburg Regional Library, 515 Scotland St., is hosting an all-ages celebration of all things game from 1-5 p.m. to mark International Games Day, according to a release.

From board to video, gamers can play for free. The event is being coordinated by libraries across seven continents, even one at Casey Station in Antarctica.

“This is a chance for all ages to get in on the fun we’ve had in the past hosting game events for teens, and to get to experience the library in a new way,” Young Adult Services Librarian Rachael Nelson said in a release.

For board-game lovers, there will be learn-and-play sessions of Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and Machi Koro.

Players can also bring their own tabletop selections to one of the open game tables and librarians will pair them with another player.

Video gamers can sign up for a Super Smash Bros. for WiiU tournament, referring to a Nintendo crossover fighting game and console. There will be two age brackets, one for children aged six to 12 and another for teens and adults.

To register ahead of time for the Super Smash Bros. tourney, call 757-259-4050. Day-of registration will be at the Williamsburg Regional Library at 12:30 p.m.

For Candy Land enthusiasts, WRL will have a life-sized version of the classic board game, complete with Lollipop Forest, Gumball Lake and King Candy’s Castle. Anyone can play, but young participants will need help from an adult.

“It’s Candy Land like they’ve never experienced it before!” Youth Services Librarian Ginger Hutter said in the release.

Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.

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