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Libraries all across the country are making games available to circulate in their collections. Our game collection is available for adults as well as children. You have the opportunity to borrow a game/puzzle just as you would borrow a book, DVD, cake pan, and more. You will have the ability to reserve these items on our website or by contacting your local library.
Would you like the ability to try out a game before purchasing it? Are you having a party and want to have games to play? Do the elderly people in your life need something to simulate their minds? Are your grandkids coming to visit and you need an activity to play with them? The games collection at the library will provide you the opportunity to help with a solution to your need.
Our Mission Statement – The Auglaize County Public District Library System provides resources to serve the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the public.
Why Games & Puzzles Support Our Mission –
The Alzheimer’s Association promotes staying mentally active. Mental decline as you age appears to be largely due to altered connections among brain cells. But research has found that keeping the brain active seems to increase its vitality and may build its reserves of brain cells and connections. You could even generate new brain cells.
Low levels of education have been found to be related to a higher risk of Alzheimer’s later in life. This may be due to a lower level of life-long mental stimulation. Put another way, higher levels of education appear to be somewhat protective against Alzheimer’s, possibly because brain cells and their connections are stronger. Well-educated individuals can still get Alzheimer’s, but symptoms may appear later because of this protective effect.
You don’t have to turn your life upside down, or make extreme changes to achieve many of these benefits. Start with something small, like a daily walk. After a while, add another small change.
Keep your brain active every day:
- Stay curious and involved — commit to lifelong learning
- Read, write, work crossword or other puzzles
- Attend lectures and plays
- Enroll in courses at your local library, adult education center, community college or other community group
- Play games
- Try memory exercises
Scholastic promotes the benefits of board games. Playing games with your kids is a perfect way to spend time together — and build learning skills at the same time. What your child most wants — and needs — is to be with you with no goal in mind beyond the joy of spending time together. He wants you to take pleasure in him, play with him, and listen to him. Nothing bolsters his self-esteem more! So why not pull out an old board game tonight? Playing games is an easy and excellent way to spend unhurried, enjoyable time together. As an added bonus, board games are also rich in learning opportunities. They satisfy your child's competitive urges and the desire to master new skills and concepts, such as:
- number and shape recognition, grouping, and counting
- letter recognition and reading
- visual perception and color recognition
- eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity
Games don't need to be overtly academic to be educational, however. Just by virtue of playing them, board games can teach important social skills, such as communicating verbally, sharing, waiting, taking turns, and enjoying interaction with others. Board games can foster the ability to focus, and lengthen your child's attention span by encouraging the completion of an exciting, enjoyable game. Even simple board games like Chutes and Ladders offer meta-messages and life skills: Your luck can change in an instant — for the better or for the worse. The message inherent in board games is: Never give up. Just when you feel despondent, you might hit the jackpot and ascend up high, if you stay in the game for just a few more moves.
Board games have distinct boundaries. Living in a complex society, children need clear limits to feel safe. By circumscribing the playing field — much as tennis courts and football fields will do later — board games can help your child weave her wild and erratic side into a more organized, mature, and socially acceptable personality. After all, staying within the boundaries (not intruding on others' space, for example) is crucial to leading a successful social and academic life.
We have provided a list of the current collection below. You may browse by title or by location. Games and puzzles can be requested from any location. To place a request for a game or puzzle visit our online collection catalog (catalog.auglaize.oplin.org) or call/visit your local library.