Cindy Crushes Programming: Three Games I Want to Try with My Teens, by Teen Librarian Cindy Shutts
One fun way to incorporate programming with teens into your library is to play games. Yes, good old fashioned board games. We review them regularly here at TLT. Today I am sharing with you 3 board games that I want to try with teens. These aren’t reviews, just a look at some games out there that I want to try. If you’ve played them, share your thoughts in the comments.
I know birding has gone up in popularity because of the pandemic and people have more time to spend in nature. This game allows you to play the role of a birder. You try to get rare birds to come to your preserve. This game is rated 14 and up and allows for 1-5 players. I think the age range is more about interest than content. The artwork is said to be spectacular. There is an expansion pack of European birds. I think fans of Ticket to Ride might enjoy this game, also of course, bird fans.
The goal is to create mosaics for the Portuguese monarch King Manuel I. You can earn extra points by making patterns and collecting different sets of tiles. This game is for people ages 8- and up. It can be played 2-4 players. This is a good game for people who like tile games such as Tsuro.
Happy Little Dinosaurs
In this game you are a dinosaur just trying to survive the end of your world. You can win by being the last one standing or reaching fifty points. You are trying to avoid various catastrophes. This game is for people ages 8 and up. You can include 2-5 players. This is an expansion pack if you want to play with more players. This game is cute and would go well for fans of Exploding Kittens or Gloom.
What games are you playing with your teens?
Cindy Shutts, MLIS
Cindy is passionate about teen services. She loves dogs, pro-wrestling, Fairy tales, mythology, and of course reading. Her favorite books are The Hate U Give, Catching FIre, The Royals, and everything by Cindy Pon. She loves spending times with her dog Harry Winston and her niece and nephew. Cindy Shutts is the Teen Services Librarian at the White Oak Library District in IL and she’ll be joining us to talk about teen programming. You can follow her on Twitter at @cindysku.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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