Read, Play and Learn! Join in the fun during National Gaming Day at the Palm Springs Public Library.

The Palm Springs Public Library and over 1,800 libraries across the country will join the American Library Association (ALA) in celebrating the popularity and educational, recreational, and social value of video and board games for National Gaming Day @ your library on Saturday, November 13, 2010.

This year’s gaming activities are focused on youth and teens in grades K – 12. Participation is FREE, with player registration beginning at 10:00 a.m. and gaming scheduled from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Youth Room. There will be tournaments for an assortment of card, board and video games and winners will receive fun prizes, ribbons and trophies. “Gaming is yet another example of how libraries are combining their role as educational resources with the need to be places where users of all ages are welcome to have fun together”, said Barbara Roberts, Director of Library Services.

This is the second year the Palm Springs Public Library has participated in National Gaming Day @ your library.  Last year over 80 people enjoyed traditional outdoor games such as relay races and ring toss plus electronic and board games. National Gaming Day @ your library is a national initiative supported by the American Library Association.  “Games of every type play an important role in developing fundamental competencies for life. They require players to learn and follow complex sets of rules, make strategic and tactical decisions, and, increasingly, collaborate with teammates and others: all things they will have to do in college and in the workforce” stated Jim Rettig, ALA President, 2008-2009.  For more information on National Gaming Day please visit http://ilovelibraries.org/gaming.

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