Gaming

Settlers of Catan board game

Not only is gaming fun, but it can also improve your social skills, literacy, coordination, concentration, memory, and problem solving skills. We have multiple ways to get your game on:

• Check out one of our many video games.
• Borrow a board game at the Reference Desk for in-library use (Catan, Carcassonne, Flash Point: Fire Rescue, King of Tokyo, Forbidden Island).
• Open video gaming in the Teen Scene (must be in high school). We have a Playstation 4, Xbox 360, and Wii.
• Various family board games and AWE game stations are available in Youth Services.
• Attend one of our gaming programs.

Take a look at our Big Book of Board Games.

Do you love gaming? What is the greatest video game console? Vote here. What is the greatest board game? Make your vote known! 
Want more? Try to beat this digital escape room inspired by Ready Player One.


Listen to two podcast episodes exclusively about gaming! Ryan and Ethan discuss their favorites.

Board Games (Part 1)

Board Games (Part 2)


Game On! Board Gaming for Adults (ages 18+)

Offsite: Saturday, September 14, 1-4 PM • Hackney’s on Lake, 1514 E. Lake Avenue

Whether you’re a veteran or new to the hobby, we have a game for you. Play one of ours or bring your own to teach. Read more about gaming at the Library and our selection of gamesJust drop in.


Outdoor Family Game Night

Thursday, August 15, 6:30-8:30 PM • Jackman Park Picnic Tables
Rain location: Community Room

Enjoy summer nights with the family and play a variety of classic outdoor and tabletop games. Just drop in.


Escape Room: The Da Vinci Codes (ages 18+)

Thursday, September 26, 5:15-6 PM OR 6:30-7:15 PM OR 7:45-8:30 PM • Community Room East

Many claim that Leonardo Da Vinci’s works can reveal hidden messages to only a select few. Do you have what it takes to discover these clues and reveal the secrets behind his genius? Participants may only sign up for one session. Limit 8 per session.


Murder Mystery Among the Mateys (ages 21+)

Friday, October 25, 7-9:30 PM • Offsite: Hackney’s on Lake, 1514 E. Lake Ave.

As the pirates head into town to celebrate their homecoming and spend their gold, a night of turmoil and trouble is sure to transpire. To register, visit or call the Reference Services Desk at 847-729-7500 x7900. Limit 30.


INTERNATIONAL GAMES WEEK

Kingdomino Board Game Tournament (ages 13+)

Saturday, November 2, 1-4 PM • Community Room West

Come lords and ladies seeking new lands to settle! Expand wisely to outscore your opponents and win the tournament. The champion receives a prize game, donated by Pastimes Comics & Games of Niles. Limit 24.


Family Game Night (all ages)

Tuesday, November 5, 6:30-8:30 PM • Multipurpose Room

Bring the family to enjoy a mix of classic board games and modern strategy games. Just drop in.


Dungeons & Dragons 101 (ages 13+)

Wednesday, November 6, 6:30-8:30 PM • Community Room West

Curious about how D&D 5th Edition works? We’ll show you the ropes by discussing character creation and running through a quick scenario. Limit 12.


Nintendo Night (all ages)

Thursday, November 7, 6-8:30 PM • Community Room

From modern to retro, play the Switch, Wii, GameCube, N64, and Classic Super NES on multiple big screens. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Just drop in.