Game night to promote literacy day

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January 22, 2015 9:02 AM

Lloydminster Public Library encourages family participation

Whether it is a round of Jenga, Candy Land, or even Snakes and Ladders, the Lloydminster Public Library has it ready for you and your family this Saturday, as part of Family Literacy Day in Canada.

Literacy Day in Canada takes place each year on Jan. 27, but with it falling on a Tuesday this year,  Michele Duczek, librarian and Literacy Day co-ordinator, says that moving the game night to the Saturday gives families a chance to take time out of their day and enjoy playing games as a family.

“By encouraging people and families to come out and play games, it translates into literacy activities,” she said. “So, we have a group of board games here at the library for families to come out and enjoy.

“Jenga, chess, Sorry, are some of the games that we have that families can come out and play,” Duczek added.

Starting at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Duczek and the rest of the staff at the library are asking for families to head out and enjoy the Literacy Day activities.

“We are encouraging everyone to come out and enjoy the activities here at the library and take in what the library has to offer everyone,” she added.

As to why the library is holding a games night, Duczek said that they go hand-in-hand with literacy.

“You have to read the instructions and follow the rules, just as one does when reading a book,” she said.

Asked if she will be partaking in the activities as well, Duczek said that there is one game that she has never played that she is hoping to get a chance to this weekend.

“Honestly, I’ve never played Candy Land,” she said. “If someone wants to come out and teach me how to play Candy Land that would be great.”

She added that she would also play cards with anyone who wants to play cards.

One game that she would like to play again, because her family no longer wants to play with her, is Trivial Pursuit.

“We played board games when I was younger, now no one in my family will play Trivial Pursuit with me,” she said.

The Literacy Day activities at the library are open to everyone and don’t cost anything to attend.

Duczek said that she hopes that families come out not just for the games, but also to see what the library has to offer families in the Border City.

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