Northampton, Massachusetts - On Saturday, November 3, 2012, more than 20,000 people in communities across the U.S. and around the world will celebrate the American Library Association's fifth annual International Games Day @ Your Library. The event aims to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games.
Games have always merged education with entertainment and encouraged interaction and socialization amongst players. The International Games Day event seeks to highlight these connections and to portray libraries as community learning centers rather than just places for books and readings. Libraries still provide traditional services, but continue to change by offering new formats like video games and programs like family gaming nights. "Games, like libraries, are ever changing and inter-generational," said ALA President Maureen Sullivan. "No matter what age, game or experience level, gaming in libraries provides a space for diverse groups of people to come together in a way they can't anywhere else in the community - in the spirit of play."
GameTable Online, Inc. along with board game publisher Ravensburger and online game developer PopCap Games are proud to be sponsoring the International Games Day initiative. "Some of my gaming experiences a young teenager were in my local public library so I understand the connection of the library and games, said GTO Vice-President Robert Eng. "GameTable Online has always been about connecting people through gaming." GameTable Online is opening up their all of their online games at www.gametableonline.com and www.rpgtableonline.com for free play for the entire weekend of the International Games Day. Gamers at libraries or anywhere just need to register at the site to start playing.
International Games Day @ your library is an annual initiative of the American Library Association to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games. In 2011, nearly 28,000 people of all ages participated in gaming events at more than 1,400 registered libraries in the U.S., and 21 international libraries in 14 countries. The ALA anticipates that more than 20,000 people will participate in International Games Day 2012.
To find gaming events taking place in your community or for more information on International Games Day @ your library please visit http://ilovelibraries.org/gaming/ or contact Jennifer Petersen, ALA PR Coordinator, at 312-280-5043 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 60,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information. For more information on the American Library Association please visit ala.org.
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About GameTable Online
GameTable Online Inc. operates two game websites, gametableonline.com and rpgtableonline.com. The GameTable Online website features online versions of quality strategy board games with game titles ranging from war games like Axis & Allies to elegant "Eurogames" such as Tigris & Euphrates, and classics like chess and backgammon. RPG Table Online provides a platform to play tabletop role-playing games through the internet. RPG Table Online and GTO's online board games are built on GTO's Metagame™ platform, a powerful, cross-platform multiplayer game engine.
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Contact: Robert Eng, Vice-President,