As I walked into the quiet Library and Learning Center on the St. Paul campus, I thought it was an odd place for a noisy night of games. I headed to the student lounge on the first floor, where the library offers Game Night the third Tuesday of every month.
When I arrived, I was greeted by library technician Dylan Harris as he hooked up a Super Nintendo — just one of the many systems available to play. Harris and librarian Jennifer DeJonghe are the masterminds that brought this event to the Metro State community.
Joined by librarian Alec Sonsteby this year, the Game Night team has expanded the library’s game collection to include tabletop and board games — all of which can be borrowed by library cardholders.
“We know that not everyone can stick around and we want people to have fun,” Sonsteby told me when I asked how to check out games. “[We want people] to play games and learn new ones and we want people to take them home.”
That raised a question about logistics: How do they keep track of the numerous game pieces in a board game? The library uses the honor system and expects patrons to communicate problems with the librarian on duty. Usually there are no issues as the library can often replace missing pieces.Read The Full Article