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Board Games Galore!

The Children’s Department at the Islip Library currently has an abundance of board games available to play anywhere in the library - Chess and Checkers, Candyland, Operation, Connect 4, Ants in the Pants, Legos, Life, Monopoly and Monopoly Junior, just to name a few.

Not only do they offer a bonding opportunity for families and friends, they offer an enriching experience to our youngest players…

  • Rules - They present participants with the concept of rules and the art of following them.
  • Math/Color Skills - Basic math and color skills are introduced, practiced and reinforced.
  • Impulse Control - Participants practice impulse control by focusing on the game and not fiddling with the board game pieces.
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    Patience - Children demonstrate patience while waiting for their turn.
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    Problem solving - Each child makes tough decisions by weighing the pros and cons of a move and thinking ahead a few steps.
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    Consequences - Children learn the consequences of their actions and inactions.
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    Filtering - Participants practice filtering out information that is and is not important.
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    Teamwork - It gives children the opportunity to work together as a team.
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    Good Sportsmanship - Children learn how to be a good sport by seeing other participants win and lose gracefully.
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    Break from Electronics - It separates kids from electronic devices.

So come on down and try out a game or two and watch your child exercise some life skills!

Jane Hoffman

Jane Hoffman

Jane Hoffman, Head of our Children’s Department became a librarian in 2004, realizing it was the career for her after spending much time with her children at her own public library. She collects antique “story buttons” – making them into jewelry and displaying them. She loves reading historical fiction, hiking, visiting art museums, and watching movies with her family. Click here to subscribe to Jane Hoffman's blog posts!

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