International Game Night

Zack Gordon

Yahtzee, Risk and Scrabble scattered among tables on the fourth floor of the Rice Library Thursday evening. 

People of all ages sat around the tables within the room, talking, laughing and enjoying the provided snacks at the second annual International Game Night hosted by the Rice Library.

Robert Foose, a community member with a long-time love of board games and a personal collection of over 400 games, said he heard of the event through a weekly newsletter he receives by email.

Foose said he enjoyed the event and was glad he attended.

“I got to play a couple of games that I really enjoy,” Foose said. “I lost both of them, but I still had a good time playing.”

Instructional Services Librarian Nicole Tekulve, who was in charge of the International Game Night, still managed to play board games along with some of the attendants.

“Game Night at Your Library is a national program, through the American Library Association that encourages gaming in libraries,” Tekulve said. “To promote the educational and recreational values of games, we basically just attach ourselves to that national event. We will definitely have (International Game Night) next year as part of that national event, and if there is enough interest, it could develop into something more regular than just once a year.”

International Game Night ended around 7 p.m., with everyone finishing up their board games and exchanging farewells.

“Last year was the first time we had ever done (International Game Night),” Tekulve said. “We did have a better turnout this year.”