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Game on @ City Library for International Games Day

 Wednesday, 31 October 2012 

The young and young at heart are invited to try their hand at a giant Jenga set or pick the winning words in a game of Scrabble this Saturday at City Library.

Enthusiasts will come together to celebrate their favourite games and learn the tricks and secrets from Melbourne’s best gamers.

The team from Game Laboratory will turn City Library into a table top gaming extravaganza, where participants can play some of the world’s best role playing games such as Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons.

The City Library is joining 2000 libraries around the world in celebrating International Games Day, showcasing the best in high tech games alongside classic board games loved the world over.

Presented in association with the American Library Association, State Library of Victoria, Port Phillip Library Service and Game Laboratory, gamers will also have the chance to win a huge games package from some of Melbourne’s best games stores.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the gaming celebration demonstrated the diversity in the Melbourne Library Service’s collection and activities.

“The City of Melbourne’s library collection reflects a wide range of interests.

“Gone are the days when libraries were just for quietly reading or studying. Alongside our extensive nonfiction and literary collections the library service hosts activities such as Tai Chi classes and an acoustic music series.

“On Saturday, City Library will be transformed into a gamers paradise, with Play Station on the big screens and Dungeons and Dragons on the table tops,” Cr Doyle said.

“With one million visits in the past year and nearly 20,000 new members, our libraries are more popular than ever,” Cr Doyle concluded. 

The International Games Day celebration is free and runs all day at City Library on Flinders Lane. 

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