A new Game Night for Adults is held monthly at the Atlantic Highlands Library, local branch of the Monmouth County Library system, thanks to the suggestion of a library user and the cooperation and support of the branch manager, Jane Reynolds.
Local residents 21 years of age and older are invited to participate in the new program on Thursday, March 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the library, located in the municipal building on First Ave.
“I like a challenge, I like games, and it seemed like the right thing to do,” said Bob Wu, a retired computer programmer who has lived in the community for the past four years.
“And let’s face it,” he added, “there isn’t a lot to do on a weeknight in the fall, winter or spring in the area, so I thought it would also fill a need.” So Wu approached Reynolds with the idea of a community board and card game night at the library once a month.
The librarian liked the idea and recognized it was another opportunity to introduce local residents to all the different programs and activities the library offers, so she agreed.
Five residents showed up Feb. 7 for the first night of the new program, some bringing their own board games, others using games in the library. They ranged in age from their 20s to “mature” adults, Wu said, and spent the two hours in game playing and conversation.
Wu then created a Facebook page, Atlantic Highlands Game Night, and invites residents to visit that page and become better acquainted with the monthly program at the library.
“It’s just a night out during the week,” he said, “doesn’t cost anything and is close to home, so it’s also great entertainment.” Wu said the group meets in the brightly lit glassed in room of the library, and said he thought the room could accommodate some two dozen game players. “More than that and we’ll have to spread out to the main room,” he laughed.
Wu said one of the games played at the February opening night was Catan, a board game using hexagonal tiles, in which players create islands with fields, farms, business sections, residences and forests and vie with each other in establishing settlements. Others played Scrabble, he said, “and we invite any board games and players any newcomers want.”
Reynold said she welcomes the group’s Game Night, noting the library is open until 9 p.m. Thursdays, so the two hours ending at 8:30 “gives the players enough time to enjoy a game or two, and have some conversation and friendship before we close for the evening at 9.”
“It’s great to have a librarian so interested in the community and so open to new ideas,’ Wu said. We’re a small community and having the opportunity to meet neighbors and learn new board games in a convenient and comfortable location is another benefit of living in this area.”
Persons wishing to know more about this or any program at the local branch or any of the other branches or headquarters of the library can visit www.monmouthcountylib.org.