Public libraries across the island are introducing a new way to bring people together, thanks to the generosity of a local comics and collectibles shop.
Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries has launched a brand new board game lending service, thanks to a significant donation from Timemasters Inc.
David Stephens, a long-time employee of Timemasters, says they came into a collection of nearly 300 used board games. They wanted to find a group who would get the most use out of them, while maintaining the impressive collection.
So, they turned to the public libraries system, which eagerly welcomed the opportunity.
If you love classic games like Monopoly and Risk, or would like to try something new, Stephens says there’s something there for everyone.
Regional Librarian with St. John’s Public Libraries, Leigha Chiasson-Locke says while the lion’s share will remain at the AC Hunter library in St. John’s, the ‘Timemasters Collection’ is being shared among public libraries across Newfoundland.
And, it’s not just fun and games. Chiasson-Locke says they’re trying to foster a new kind of literacy, as well as lifelong learning.
She says part of their goal is to put a focus on social literacy and social interaction, by encouraging the use of libraries as a community hub. They want people to know that public libraries aren’t just spaces filled with books—and board games are a great way to encourage that.
People are welcomed to borrow games for up to three weeks at a time, or enjoy them at your local public library.