For immediate release | February 28, 2023

Tabletop role-playing games at school and public libraries

CHICAGO — Published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, “Let's Roll: A Guide to Setting up Tabletop Role-Playing Games in your School or Public Library” is a practical guide to delivering a tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG) within the time constraints imposed on library sessions. Author Lucas Maxwell speaks to novices and current aficionados alike, demonstrating how librarians, teachers, and other educators can offer TTRPG programs that deliver significant benefits on a budget. Featuring case studies from librarians around the world, this guide’s coverage includes:

  • a step-by-step guide to setting up a TTRPG program in your school or public library, including an example of a TTRPG proposal;
  • advice on bringing senior management on board to a TTRPG program;
  • how to attract players, basic table rules, and preparing as a game master;
  • the health and learning benefits of TTRPGs including creativity, teamwork, cooperation, boosting confidence, and encouraging reading; and
  • a comprehensive list of TTRPG games and how to implement them.

Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, Maxwell has been working with teens in public and school libraries for close to fifteen years. He is currently the librarian at Glenthorne High School in London, UK. He writes for Book Riot and has contributed to School Library Journal and American Library Association publications. In 2017, Lucas was named the School Librarian of the Year by the UK's School Library Association.

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