The Checkered Game of Life

The Checkered Game of Life was a board game created by a young man in 1860.  The game, which initially resembled a checker board with squares representing various virtues and vices, proved an instant success.  The company the young man founded went on to produce such American classics as Candy Land, Operation and Battleship.  That company, which today is owned by rival Hasbro, is still around today as a brand name. The man was Milton Bradley and the game he first produced we know now with its iconic spinner as The Game of Life!

Patrons of all ages can GET IN THE GAME tomorrow evening at 7 PM here at PCL when we host an old fashioned GAME BOARD NIGHT complete with stacks of games and sacks of snacks! Come in your jammies if you like and you can tuck the little ones into bed afterward. We have classic board games, the new, the different, as well as staff favorites from our personal collections!  
 
Zeb, our beloved reading dog, will be here on Friday morning to listen to children read.  Call now to reserve a spot for your child!
 
Looking ahead, our July Picnic with PCL concert happens Monday at 7 PM when we will be entertained with traditional blues by the New York based Mulebone.  Pack a picnic and blanket and join us behind the library for a great evening.  Rain venue is in the library.  As a special treat, sisters Ellen Kerr and Anne Griffiths will be serving up chocolate sundaes made with Buchan's delicious ice cream!  Donations will be appreciated and will go to Peninsula Community Library. Thank you, Anne and Ellen!

We are still in need of books, board games, DVDs, puzzles and music for our book sale, which kicks off next Thursday. Please bring your donations in now!  I will have the scoop on the sale for you next week!

Wonder what to do on those rainy days with the kids?  Come on into the library at ten and, if no other program is going on, we will put a movie up on the big screen. First person in gets to choose it, as long as the title is on our licensing list to show publicly. We have lots to choose from!  The choice must be rated G or PG  because of our littlest patrons who may also be in the library!  

Don't forget our Story Walk either.  It is on the trail from the driveway to the pond.  There is a special surprise at the end!  Come into the library afterward and tell us what the surprise is and we will give you an "icy cold" bookmark!
Girls and their mothers are invited to join Chapter Chicks August 8 at 6:30 PM for a themed potluck, discussion and craft.  The group meets every other month.  Books are chosen for discussion value and are at a 3-5th grade reading level, but girls of all ages are welcome.  The book for August is Gemini Summer and copies are available on a first come basis at PCL.
All of us here at PCL had favorite board games as children.  Cathy loved Masterpiece, an art game that we both still have childhood versions of at home.  Estefany LOVED Hi Ho Cherry-O with all those little red plastic cherries to put on the trees and so appropriate for a childhood spent on Old Mission!  Carol played Parcheesi, a Parker Brothers game based on an ancient game from India and Becky loved  Scrabble, a game that actually has its own official dictionary.  Clue was Marla's favorite  - Colonel Mustard did it with Mr. Randy's wrench in the LIBRARY!   My favorite game was called Careers, where players had a chance to earn fame, happiness and money with their own secret formula for life, not surprising perhaps for a child raised in Grosse Pointe Woods.  I also remember as a younger child begging my parents for a balancing game called Tip-It, which they did buy for me and which I found a re-issue of at Target for tomorrow's Game Night.  You can play it too if you can get me away from it!   Several of us here as pre-teen girls loved a board game called Mystery Date where you got to open a little door to discover if your date was a handsome hunk or the class clown.  Unfortunately, those of us here who loved that game as kids are not about to admit it now!
 
"It's the game of life.  Do I win or do I lose? One day, they're gonna shut the game down.  I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it's my turn to leave!"
Tupac Shakur
Be sure to play @ your library this summer!  We are the COOL place to be!

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