November is International Game Month! International Games Month (IGM) is an annual celebration of games, play, libraries and learning that any library in the world can join, and costs absolutely nothing to register for!
IGM has only the most flexible of entry requirements – you have to have some sort of game-related activity in or around your library during the month of November. That’s all! The games can be videogames on a library console, tabletop games, social games, party games, traditional folk games – whatever you think will work for your individual library and community.
Registration involves filling out a questionnaire that tells us a bit about your library and your plans for the event, and then gives you information about the donation options available to your library. You can also sign up for some international inter-library events that will give your community the chance to connect to other library communities all over the world.
We also have a promotional materials with posters, logos, and press materials to help you promote the event in your library. And there’s a blog at https://games.ala.org which publishes updates weekly on a range of topics to help inspire ideas, discussion, and of course learning around games and play in libraries.
International Games Month is a non-commercial, volunteer-run library initiative under the auspices of the American Library Association in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association, Nordic Game Week, Finnish Game Week, Associazione Italiana Biblioteche, and the Public and Mobile Library Group of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals sponsored by a number of quality game publishers and distributors.
Respectfully submitted by Liz Nebeker, YALSA Councilor