Operation: Board Games

by Adriana Flores Heard

Length of Program

2 hours

Program Description

Schedule a game day or evening each week during the summer in the library meeting room or teen area. Teens play games such as Chess, Checkers, Clue, Chinese Checkers, Uno, card games, dice games, dominoes, Monopoly, Scrabble, and Risk. Winners receive candy as prizes. At the end of the program, the entire group receives candy. Rotate the players and/or have at least one game everyone plays together such as bingo, charades, or Pictionary. Teens seem to stay in their clicks with board games, so games that include everyone are important to create a sense of community.


Buy popular board games and/or ask teens to bring their favorites.


Create a flyer advertising the date and time of your programs and include a catchy phrase such as “Don’t be Bored. Play Board Games on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. at the ____________ Library Branch!”


Focus on one type of game like chess and have a tournament. Or, play a different game each week. For example play chess one week and checkers or dominoes the next.

Checker games are easy to create. Buy different types of candy for the playing pieces, for example, peppermint patties and small peanut butter cups. Draw a board game on poster board. Teens who win a series of games get to keep the candy.

Books to Display

  • Chess for Juniors: A Complete Guide for the Beginner by Robert M. Snyder.
  • Complete Idiot’s Guide To Chess by Patrick Wolff.
  • The New Complete Hoyle, Revised: The Official Rules of All Popular Games of Skill and Chance with the Most Authoritative Advice on Winning Play by Alfred H. Morehead, Richard L. Frey, Geoffrey Mott-Smith.
  • The New Games Book: Play Hard, Play Fair Nobody Hurt edited by Andrew Fluegelman.

Professional Resources

  • Games Galore for Children’s Parties and More: 80 Fun Games and Activities for Parties, Classrooms, Youth Groups, Carnivals, Company Picnics, Rainy Days and Special Occasions by Shari Ann Pence.
  • I Hate Charades: And 49 Other New Games by Phil Wiswell.
  • The Incredible Indoor Games Book: 160 Group Projects, Games and Activities by Bob Gregson.

Video Recording

Chess Starts Here! (60 minutes)

Web Site



Teens play games for free by registering as members of Yahoo. If participants are under the age of 13, parents must first register for a family account. There are a broad range of games to choose from. Board games include: Backgammon, Checkers, Chinese checkers, Chess, Dots, Go, Naval Command and Reversi.


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