The board games group of which I am a member held a nice little event at Billericay Library on Saturday, to coincide with the aforementioned Day. We were given the use of four tables, and we had Castle Panic, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and Tsuru set up for people to play. The event lasted from 10am - 2pm. It was well attended - as you can see, there were mainly children involved (since they don't come with either a manual or a rulebook I stayed well away from them), but some adults did turn up as well. It was a really nice event, and no-one seemed to mind the children having a slightly noisy time of it!
I spent a lot of time talking to the librarian, Graham. Absolutely fantastic librarian, and I really enjoyed our chat. He explained that he was very keen to see the library being used far more by the local community - we already have a pop-up cinema after hours which shows a variety of films for family audiences, as well as evening 15+ rated films for the adults. The library also runs a very successful yoga class after closing time as well. Graham was open to the idea of having a games morning for children on Saturdays as well. I absolutely loved his enthusiasm - I should say that even though it was his day off he came in with his daughter to play and take part. While he was there he was greeted by library users as though he was an old friend. Graham is really keen to see the library as a focal point in the community, and his work was a great example of “Bad Libraries build collections. Good libraries build services. Great libraries build Communities”
Great day, great initiative, all made possible by a welcoming, encouraging and enthusiastic librarian. :)