Tips for Planning your Games at the Library Event

Choose your demographic: Who enjoys games at your branch? What age might they be? Do you want to try to attract a group that does not normally attend library programs? Your choice will influence when the program will be held and the games you offer.

Choose your game: We understand that due to Covid-19, hosting a game themed event at your library is more challenging than ever before, so here are a few game suggestions. These games can be played in smaller groups while maintaining social distance.

Free games available on websites: 

Free apps on phone or tablet:

  • Angry birds 2

  • Gardenscapes

  • Threes! Freeplay (iOS) or Threes! Free on Android

  • Two dots

  • Words with Friends 2

Socially distanced games:

  • Washer toss / Ring toss / Bean bag toss

  • Yard badminton / ping pong

  •  Toy/lawn bowling

  •  Mini golf / croquet

  • Freeze/ Statue/ Simon says

  •  Don’t drop the egg relay

  • Scavenger hunt/ treasure hunt

  • Charades / trivia / Bingo

  • I spy

Solo games to exercise your brain:

  •  Sudoku

  • Solitaire

  • Crosswords and word puzzles

Think and ask about what was played last year: Libraries were very creative and put in extra time to organize, given the added challenge of making the event fun, safe, and socially distanced. Libraries offered many types of games including board, card, video, and building games. Active and outdoor games offered included: story walks, outdoor sidewalk games like hopscotch, run-stop, jump/hop. Virtual games included a virtual family bingo and an online escape room. Other games offered included: puzzles, trivia, Scrabble (patrons vs. librarians), Duplicate Scrabble, a pet photo contest, and guessing games.

Think about space: Will the event take place outdoors? Will there be an indoor option if the weather is bad? How many participants can attend given the space you have to host and the provincial government regulations of maximum occupancy due to Covid-19? How will noise levels affect other library users if you are indoors?

Advertise: There is a downloadable poster and logo on our Games at the Library homepage link works, edit text. Contact local schools or community groups, and local media to get the word out, and use your library’s website and social media accounts to promote your event.

Let staff play too: Make your event fun for everyone by letting staff get in on the game. Library users, especially teens, will enjoy interacting with staff in a positive way.

Prizes: All participants can enter to win the Atlantic Canada-wide grand prize.