Nick Welsch

    Players of All Stripes Unite at Game Night

    by , June, 2017

    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.

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