Details revealed for International Games Day in Hartlepool

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International Games Day will be marked in Hartlepool this weekend.

The annual event – which this year will see more than 2,000 libraries around the world taking part – offers gamers an opportunity to come and see what their local library has to offer.

Hartlepool Central Library has teamed up with tea@HART, a tearoom and games shop on York Road, to organise a Games Marathon to mark the big day.

The fun takes place at Hartlepool Central Library on Saturday between 10am and 2pm with a number of traditional games and continues once the library closes at tea@HART with a wide range of traditional and modern games.

Jackie Johnson, Hartlepool Borough Council Library Officer, said: “Playing games together is a way to encourage speech, learning and social skills for both adults and children.

“There’s a fantastic social experience in modern board and card games. It’s an easy way to get to know new people and you don’t have to worry about making small-talk – the game in front of you will hold your attention during silences. However, it’s impossible to spend an hour at a table with someone without getting to know them a little bit better!

“Since 2010, board game sales have been increasing annually and a number of creative and unusual games have been produced – breathing new life into a hobby once dominated by Monopoly and Scrabble.”

Everyone in welcome at this free event. Contact Hartlepool Central Library for further details on (01429) 272905, or email central.library@hartlepool.gov.uk