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NATIONAL GAMING DAY @ your library

3985161408_6cf8da18cb Hundreds of libraries across the country will be celebrating National Gaming Day this Saturday, November 14, 2009.  The American Library Association (ALA) is sponsoring this event. 

The National Gaming Day programs will include board games, card games, computer games and video games.  Did you know that games have been played in libraries for more than a hundred years? 

The Mt. Washington Branch Library’s National Gaming Day program will be held from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Saturday.  Along with our regular monthly video game program for teens, we will be providing a variety of board games for kids and teens to play. 

So, what is your favorite board game?  Battleship?  Chess?  Clue?  Game of Life?  Pictureka?  Risk?  Scattergories?  Scrabble?  Sorry!?  Uno?  Yahtzee? 

One of my favorite games is Monopoly.   When I was in 8th grade, my friends and I would spend days playing  just one game of Monopoly during the summer. 

Here are some fun facts I found on the official Monopoly web page:

  • Over 250 million Monopoly games have been sold worldwide.
  • More than 5 billion little green houses have been “built” since 1935.
  • The longest Monopoly game in history lasted 70 straight days.  My friends and I only lasted 6 days.
  • Parker Brothers once sent an armored car with one million dollars of the Monopoly game money to a marathon game in Pittsburgh that had run out of money.
  • The total amount of money in a standard Monopoly game is $15,140.
  • The three most landed on properties are Illinois Avenue, “GO” and the B&O Railroad. 
  • The character locked behind the bars is called Jake the Jailbird.
  • There are 22 properties that can be built on.




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