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Jun 4, 2020








Board Game Nights

Cutler Memorial Library
What: Kid’s Table Top Game Night
When: Third Wednesday of every month, 6 to 8 p.m. (next meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 16)
Where: 269 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield
Visit: or call 424-4044
Derry Public Library
What: Teen Tabletop Gaming night, featuring Betrayal at House on the Hill, Pandemic, Consulting Detective, Carcassonne and more.
When: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
Where: 64 E. Broadway, Derry
Visit: or call 432-6140
Griffin Free Public Library
What: International Game Day and Game Night
When: Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesday, Nov. 30, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: 22 Hooksett Road, Auburn
Visit: or call 483-5374
Hollis Social Library
What: Weekly Dungeons & Dragons Club for tweens and teens
When: Fridays, 3:45 to 5 p.m. (next meeting is Friday, Nov. 11)
Where: 2 Monument Square, Hollis
Visit: or call 465-7721
Nashua Public Library
What: Family Board Game Night, featuring Scrabble, mancala, pictionary, chess, checkers and more
When: Mondays, 6:30 to 9 p.m. (next meeting is Monday, Nov. 14)
Where: 2 Court St., Nashua
Visit: or call 589-4600
Manchester City Library
What: Family Game Night in the children’s room
When: Tuesdays, 5:30 to 8 p.m. (next meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 15)
Where: 405 Main St., Manchester
Visit: or call 624-6550
Rodgers Memorial Library
What: Analog Gaming for Teens, featuring Quelf, Superfight, Monopoly, Life, Battleship and more
When: Thursdays, 4 to 5 p.m. (next meeting is Thursday, Nov. 10)
Where: 194 Derry Road, Hudson
Visit: or call 886-6030 
Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library
What: International Game Day
When: Saturday, Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: 7 Forest Road, Wilton
Visit: or call 654-2581

Game plan
Libraries offer board game nights

By Matt Ingersoll

 Why play the same old tabletop and card games you have around the house when you can find new games and new competition — and even learn some new techniques — from your local library?

“[Analog games] may require a lot more demands on your time, but they are also a really efficient and fun way of engaging with other people who have the same interests as you,” said Glenn Given, co-founder of the locally owned Games by Play Date.
Started in 2013 with the design of five different original tabletop and card games, Games by Play Date now distributes them to stores locally and nationally and also online through its website and Amazon. The games have developed a following through the several conventions attended by the company's founders each year and through smaller events sometimes attended by Given or the company's other two founders.
One of those smaller events will be at the Nashua Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 19. It’s one of thousands of libraries across the country to be holding such events as an initiative of the American Library Association.
“I had actually gone to speak with the New Hampshire Library Association last month,” Given said. “What I'm going to be doing is supporting the library and sharing their collection of games and teaching people how to play different games. … If there is a barrier of entry it's learning some of these systems and games, because they can be a steep learning curve. So it's always helpful to have someone there who is patient and has knowledge of understanding them for new people.”
But Given said the quality time spent with other players when it comes to analog games is sometimes even more important than the rules of the games themselves.
“It's a bit of a misnomer these days to say this person's a gamer and that person's not, because all of us are either playing games on our phones or we grew up with a Nintendo or a Sega,” he said. “There isn't that line of demarcation, but what does exist is this real holdover stigma from 20 years ago. … Whether it's chess or Dungeons & Dragons, it really just comes down to having an enjoyable time with other people.” 

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