Get ready to celebrate International Games Week 2017 – October 29 – November 4, 2017

For Immediate Release
Mon, 10/02/2017

Contact:

Tina Coleman

Staff Liaison

Games and Gaming Round Table

American Library Association

312.280.2152

ccoleman@ala.org

Due to ever-increasing demand, International Games Day became International Games Week in 2017! This week-long event is now more flexible and supports gaming across the spectrum of libraries. This year’s event will take place during the week of October 29th through November 4th. This annual tradition is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world and hosted by the American Library Association’s Games and Gaming Round Table (GameRT), in collaboration with Nordic Game Day, Australian Library and Information Association, and L’Associazione Italiana Biblioteche! Each year libraries are encouraged to participate by creating fun, educational and innovative programs encouraging gaming in their communities, in order to reconnect those communities around the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games.

Each year our donors add to our success with their generous donations. This year our donors are Cheap Ass Games, Paizo, Vested Interest Games, One Play, Roman Uhlig, Looney Labs, Chess in Schools and Communities, BoxHead Craft, and Stuff by Bez. These donations are invaluable to libraries beginning and expanding their game collections. To find your closest library participating in IGW, check the map on our website. If your local library isn't a participant, we have suggestions for ways game lovers can get involved or start your local participation.

About the American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 55,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information. For more information on the American Library Association please visit ala.org.

About the Games and Gaming Round Table
The Games and Gaming Round Table (GameRT) of the American Library Association provides a venue for librarians interested in the use of games and gaming in libraries of all types a place to gather and share. GameRT was formed in 2011, replacing and extending the pre-existing gaming member interest group. As a round table, GameRT is built around our shared passion for games and the use of gaming within libraries. With members from all types of libraries, GameRT encompasses a wide variety of viewpoints, situations, and user types.

About the Australian Library and Information Association
The Australian Library and Information Association is the national professional organization for the Australian library and information services sector. Together we seek to empower the profession through the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services to the nation, through leadership, advocacy and mutual professional support. For more information on the Australian Library and Information Association please visit alia.org.au

About L’Associazione Italiana Biblioteche
The Italian professional librarian association with the goal of promoting library services and recognition of the library profession in Italy.

About Nordic Game Week
Games are an established, important and fun medium for people of all ages! Nordic Game Week is a themed week about games, game culture, and gamers!