We have a wonderful collection of board games at our library. Unfortunately, only some of them were being used a few hours each week during a regular table top gaming program. We came up with a way to offer the board games to patrons anytime by creating a board game notebook. It is a basic three-ring binder with a list of all of our board games, as well as pages of descriptions and age guidelines for each game. I copied the game specifics from the box or online and included a picture of each game on its respective page.
We also keep a stats sheet in the front of the binder to keep track of the most used games. Sorry, Guess Who, and Disney Hedbanz seem to be the most popular. Kids and parents look through the notebook and ask a staff member to bring out the game for them to play in the library. There are about 45 games available. After the first few weeks, we decided to exclude the particularly noisy ones, like Hungry Hungry Hippos and Operation.
Here is an example of one of the game pages:
Play the goofy game where you never know what you are until you start asking questions! Figure out if the cartoon on your head is a person or an object from one of you favorite Disney movies. Be the first player to guess what you are and win!
2 to 6 players
Ages 7+Includes 74 cartoon cards, 24 Mickey chips, 6 headbands and ears, and hourglass timer
The notebooks gets used a lot and our games are being loved by families instead of wasting away in the back closet.