International Games Week October 29 – November 4

International Games Week

“This Is My Kind of Big Game Day”

Posted on November 12, 2010

Two great reasons to visit the National SCRABBLE Association's page for libraries:

  1. If you don't already have a SCRABBLE library club going, they'll help you get one started. There's also a Library SCRABBLE Directory you can use to find some friendly competition in your region.
  2. They've posted this great cartoon by Jonny Hawkins about gaming in libraries.Now this is my kind of big game day!

We're hoping to work more with the NSA folks next year. What would you like to see happen as part of that partnership (besides free games, which they can't really do)?

Rocking NGD10 Posters

Posted on November 10, 2010

We're so grateful to Liz Danforth for designing this year's official National Gaming Day poster, and I know a lot of libraries have added their name and logo to this version (jpg) to advertise their event.

But some of you have been sending or posting some amazing artwork of your own. Check out these pretty awesome NGD10 posters from the Robert W. Woodruff Library (Atlanta University Center), the Holt Library (Southwestern Community College), and the Palatine Public Library.

Have some great PR pieces from your own library? Send them to us or post them online using the tag #ngd10!

Get the Official Press Release

Posted on November 9, 2010

ALA's official press release for National Gaming Day 2010 is up at Feel free to point your local media outlets to it or even repurpose it for your own library's use.

We need your help to get the word out, so please share it on Facebook, tweet it, send it to any gaming sites/publications where you have contacts, and do everything else you'd normally do to help advertise a totally awesome gaming event.


New NGD10 Flyer

Posted on November 5, 2010

Want to advertise your National Gaming Day event but don't have time to design a flyer? Here's a template you can use to just fill in your library's information in order to have something you can hand out at programs for the next week. Note that it's a 923kb Word document.

Thanks to LibraryGamer Brian Mayer for creating it!

NGD Also Stands for Nordic Gaming Day

Posted on November 4, 2010

Imagine my surprise when Thomas Vigild from the Nordic Game Program contacted me to alert us to the fact that they're holding their own NGD event, but in their case it stands for "Nordic Gaming Day." By pure coincidence, they're also holding their event on the same day as our National Gaming Day. We couldn't have planned this better if we'd tried.

Here's some information Thomas sent me.

"On November 13th, 2010, the first Nordic Game Day is bringing games and gameculture to all Nordic libraries and thus creating a big, open, and free game festival across the whole Nordic region.

120 libraries in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and even Greenland have enlisted for the day, which will consist of lectures, competitions, gamemovie-showings, and games - and both digital games and 'undigital' board games will be on show. The purpose is to expose the growing game culture and local game developers in the Nordic region and include new audiences of all ages, who have never felt the fantastic and social aspects of gaming.

In all the Nordic countries, digital games are hugely popular materials in libraries, and in Denmark it is now possible to freely lend new computer games on the brand new and world's first digital platform called 'Downlån' (Downloan). Compared to other countries, games are normal in all Nordic libraries, and this is one of the key messages of Nordic Game Day.

Nordic Game Day is a collaboration between the Norwegian National Library and the Nordic Game Program.

Contact Thomas Vigild at for further information."

We're going to talk about potential partnerships, but how great is it to have another 105 libraries playing games on the same day we are? Game on, Nordic libraries!

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