Marion City Library is accepting donations of board games for a new program that will allow cardholders to check them out just like they would a book.
Librarian Rachel Olsen came up with the idea of allowing the library’s inventory of games for on-site use to be loaned. Director Janet Marler said it’s a way to help families spend time together.
“It’s a chance to get away from the television and all the technology,” she said. “You can play good old fashioned games together. Grandparents who have their grandkids and want something to do without having to buy anything. And it’s another service we can offer aside from just books.”
Olsen said the library’s catalog of about a dozen games includes classics such as Monopoly and Life, as well as newer games like Blokus and Ker-Plunk. Chess and backgammon games also will be available to check out.
Marler said cardholders would be able to check out one game at a time for a period of a week. She’d like to see the collection grow to about 20 games or so.
“We don’t want a hundred,” she said. “Twenty would be nice, just to have an assortment. Just some nice, family things.”