Board games are a great fit for public libraries. They foster literacy and community, promote lifelong learning and personal enrichment, and give patrons a chance to try before you buy.
The WCCLS collection – arguably the largest in the world – boasts a whopping 2,000-plus board games, dice games, card games and more. We offer games for young patrons, adults, single players and large groups. Whether you are a longtime enthusiast or a board game novice, the collection has something for everyone.
Check out these current favorites from a few of our resident board game aficionados.
“It’s a cooperative game for one to five players where you try to protect a village from monsters from the Universal films of the 30s and 40s. The rules are very easy to learn, and it's got a great theme, especially for this time of year.” – Brendan Lax, collection development librarian, Hillsboro Public Library
2. Sushi Roll
“Sushi Roll is a big hit with my kids (ages 6 and 11) because of the big, chunky, colorful dice and the cute drawings of anthropomorphized sushi dishes. Plus, it mimics being at a ‘sushi train’ restaurant, which they love.” – PJ Bentley, collections and courier supervisor, WCCLS
“We really loved playing Autumn Harvest because it uses the art and characters from the Tea Dragon Society graphic novels. My wife and I have played it as a two-player game and enjoyed that it's got some simple strategies and isn't too cutthroat.” – PJB
“You try to keep a sabretooth tiger from eating your resources. I like it because there are so many distinct ways to earn your points. It has multiple paths to victory game play.” – Laura Torgersen, reference assistant, Cedar Mill and Bethany Libraries
“You build stain-glass windows out of dice with some fun challenges added.” – LT
“It’s a silly family game, just a ridiculous slap game where you’re trying to match cards.” – LT
Please note that board games must be borrowed from and returned to the owning library. Unlike books, games cannot be transferred to another Washington County library. Borrow a board game today.
Listen to Lax, Bentley and Torgersen discuss board games on an episode of the podcast “I Blame My Shelf” brought to you by Hillsboro Public Library.