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The purpose of
this project is to promote and raise awareness of library projects that
incorporate role-playing games. The project aims to provide resources,
ideas, and networking for librarians and volunteers who would like to
host role-playing programs at their library.
Wizards of the Coast, publishers of the Dungeons &
RPG, has a program called Afternoon
Adventures with Dungeons & Dragons
project would build upon that idea, providing options to run other RPGs
(for those who prefer them over D&D
for situations where the D&D
attract a negative response), and providing further support for anyone
involved in such a program (including the D&D
Currently, the Terra Libris project includes:
This information and news page.
subforum in the Escapist forums.
section in the Escapist Wiki. (If you would like to
participate in developing the wiki, please contact me -
- to set up an editor account.)
Some of the proposed resources include:
list of easy-to learn RPGs, with a slant towards games that are free,
cheap, or available as a donation from companies that participate in
library programs. (This is currently in development - see the Terra
Libris Wiki page)
Articles and tips on organizing such a program - making flyers,
posters, and handouts, setting schedules, and more.
Articles and tips on maintaining, and troubleshooting such a program -
keeping the players interested and coming back, dealing with any
objections to the program, and more.
Articles on source material - how to tie an adventure in with
literature available at the library, making recommended reading lists
for your adventures, running games that tie in with popular movies and
television shows, and more.
Features on participating libraries - the people involved, what games
they play, the response they have received, and more.
Other potential efforts of this project
an "RPG Library Day," much like Free Comic Book Day
or Free RPG Day,
to help raise awareness.
flyers and information at library conventions, or possibly
even setting up a booth at them.
At present, the project really needs
ideas and inspiration from everyone, and networking with library
workers and volunteers who have experience with such a program, or who
are interested in getting that experience. If you would like to help
out, please contact Bill Walton at
News & events
relating to libraries and role-playing.
28th, 2011 (link
Nashua Library shows us how it's done - For those who are interested in running roleplaying games at libraries, take a lesson from the Nashua Public Library in New Hampshire - their promotional banner and copy (below) are bound to get some kids interested in signing up:
you've squeezed all the fun you can out of computer-driven fun this
Christmas vacation week, consider kicking it with a bit of imagination
at the Nashua Public Library. On Dec. 29 bring a friend to the library
to discover RPG – Role Playing Game – Adventures.
Perfect for anyone who's ever turned a bed sheet into a superhero cape.
For ages 13 to 17.
Are you running an RPG club or event at a library? Be sure to let me know about it!
27th, 2010 (link
& Dragons for ages 6 and up - To help promote
their upcoming novel Monster
Slayers, Wizards of the Coast has put together Monster
Slayers: The Heroes of Hesiod, a stripped-down version of Dungeons
& Dragons that's fast, fun, and playable by
adventurers as young as six. Best of all, it's completely free!
The game itself is a very simple version of the D&D
combat rules (so simple that they could have come from any previous
edition), and the adventure that's included doesn't involve a lot of
actual role-playing, but any good Dungeon Master will be able to draw
that out of the players with a little effort. To play, you'll need a
copy of the PDF, pencil and paper, a d20 and d6 (or three d6s if you
don't have any d20s lying around), and some adventurous friends.
The page for the site also briefly mentions the benefits to young
people from playing games like Dungeons & Dragons,
and even suggests that this may be a good "starter package" to
introduce RPGs in a library program.
Read more and download the PDF here: www.wizards.com/dnd/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4dnd/monsterslayers
(Thanks to JJ
Lanza for the link.)
5th, 2009 (link
GAMING DAY @ YOUR LIBRARY IS COMING SOON - It's that time
of year again - National
Gaming Day @ Your Library will happen in a little more than a
month, on November 14th of this year.
Libraries all over the country will be participating, hosting events of
board games, video games, and even some tabletop RPGs - though in many
cases, roleplaying games are underrepresented, or not present at all.
This will be an excellent opportunity to promote roleplaying games to
new and experienced players, to raise awareness of what they are and
how much fun they can be, and even gauge interest in potential RPG
clubs at the library.
If you are a librarian who would like to participate, be sure to visit ngd.ala.org, and if you
are a non-librarian who would like to volunteer, contact your local
library and offer your services!
And as always, whenever you host any kind of RPG event at a library, let me know
about it, and I'll promote it here on the Terra Libris page.
(While you're here - don't miss Liz Danforth's excellent
that she created to promote the event. I'm happy to see some RPG dice
represented there, along with popular board and video game icons!)
June 4th, 2009 (link
MORE FROM LIZ
DANFORTH - Over on libraryjournal.com, Liz Danforth has
posted a new
piece on roleplaying games in the library Don't
April 27th, 2009 (link
INTERVIEW ON GROGNARDIA
- I've been a fan of Liz Danforth's art for a very long time,
even had the honor of meeting her at a convention in 2002. She is a
very classy lady, and one of our hobby's true treasures.
a blog that explores the history and traditions of roleplaying,
recently published a two-part interview with Liz in which she discusses
her artwork, being a female gamer in a male-dominated hobby, and lots
of great information about the benefits of all kinds of gaming
(including RPGs) and how well they work in libraries. Read
about it here: Part
1 - Part
6th, 2009 (link
CASE FOR GAMING @ YOUR LIBRARY
- The ALA's Library Gaming Toolkit website has released an
excellent page of resources for advocating games in libraries - Making
the Case for Gaming @ Your Library.
good is it? Well, it links to The Escapist and calls it an "excellent
advocacy resource." So that should give you a pretty good idea.
February 24th, 2009 (link
GAMING GRANTS ANNOUNCED
- The American Library Association plans to give away ten $5,000 grants
to libraries that want to develop and implement "literacy gaming
services" for young people.
includes all forms of gaming - video games, board and card games,
collectible card games, and (my personal favorite) tabletop roleplaying
games. This is an excellent opportunity to help promote RPGs in
libraries. If you are a librarian or library volunteer and would like
to know more, visit librarygamingtoolkit.org
- and to fill out an application, visit librarygamingtoolkit.org/rfp
Here is the full press release:
– The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Literacy and
Outreach Services is seeking applications from public, school and
academic libraries interested in developing and implementing innovative
literacy gaming services for youth ages 10-18.
This program is part of ALA’s Libraries, Literacy and Gaming initiative
funded by Verizon.
$5,000.00 grants will be awarded to libraries clearly demonstrating
creativity, capacity, sustainability and a strong commitment to
literacy-related gaming services. In addition, the winning libraries
will receive ongoing support and technical assistance from a team of
nationally recognized library gaming experts. Winners will be announced
during National Library Week, April 12-18. The grant application is
available online at http://librarygamingtoolkit.org/rfp . All
applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm, Friday, March 20.
is no doubt that gaming and literacy go hand-in-hand. Board and video
games come with text of all kinds including instructions, menus and
much more. Learning the language and mechanics of any game, from chess
to Little Big Planet, involves acquiring a new vocabulary and a new set
of 21st century literacy skills,” said Dale Lipschultz, Literacy
Officer, Office for Literacy and Outreach Services.
is one example of how libraries continue to change to meet the needs of
their communities and users, offering innovative programs and services
that educate, entertain and expand interaction with their patrons.
On Nov. 15, hundreds of libraries across the country
celebrated the ALA’s first annual National Gaming Day @ your
library. Libraries of all types joined in the celebration by
registering for two national gaming activities: a national video game
tournament and board game challenge.
information about the grant contact: Dale Lipschultz, Literacy Officer,
Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, by phone, (312) 280-3275, or
January 2nd, 2009 (link
"A CASE FOR TABLETOP RPGS" IN THE
LIBRARY - The
School Library Journal just published an article by Cason Snow titled
"Tabletop Fantasy RPGs - Tips for introducing role-playing games in
your library" that excellently points out the benefits of that effort:
Valley BOCES Library System has produced a landmark document (sls.gvboces.org/gaming/standards)
that relates board gaming to the American Association of School
Librarians Standards for the 21st-Century Learner (ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslproftools/learningstandards/standards.cfm).
While these standards were established for board games, the document
should be used as a model for making a case for tabletop RPGs. Each of
the four standards can be directly addressed by playing RPGs. Players
think critically and analyze information, make informed decisions and
apply knowledge to new situations when interacting with the game’s
setting and cultures, share knowledge and weigh moral consequences of
their actions, and participate in creating stories that last beyond the
end of the session. By addressing these standards and demonstrating the
direct link between gaming and learning, RPGs can gain support from
administrators and teachers.
article also includes some basic tips on where to find RPG materials,
and how to find assistance and ideas online. You can read it here,
and it will be added to the list of Terra Libris resources.
November 26th, 2008 (link
GAMING DAY A SUCCESS - Jenny at the ALA's News about Games and Gaming
site has issued an early report on the results of National
Gaming Day @ Your Library:
I'd rather they separate D&D
just to get a clearer number that we can try to beat next year. You can
read the full post here,
which includes lots of anecdotes from libraries all over the United
- 617 libraries registered to participate
- 597 libraries reported results back to us
- 14,184 people participated in NGD at those 597
- 5,548 people played Pictureka!
on Gaming Day
- 1,137 people played Dungeons
& Dragons or Magic: The Gathering
If you participated in National Gaming Day, and ran an RPG for library
patrons, let us know about it! Contact me at
November 10th, 2008 (link
11/15/08 IS NATIONAL GAME
DAY @ YOUR LIBRARY - This
Saturday, libraries all over the United States will be participating in
National Gaming Day, an effort to raise awareness about the use of
games in library programs, expose people to new kinds of games, and
enable networking between game clubs and libraries.
The focus seems to be primarily on video and board
games, but Wizards of
the Coast has donated copies of Dungeons &
Dragons to help promote the event. This would be an
excellent time to contact your local library about organizing a
roleplaying program - it may be too late to prepare one in time for
Saturday, but most libraries would love to have volunteers the rest of
Find out more at the ALA's website and
official Terra Libris discussion group and the Terra
Adventures with Dungeons & Dragons,
Wizards of the Coast's library program. Also check out their Wizards
Azor Lok - A
blog by a librarian who makes frequent posts on playing D&D in the
- A blog by Tom, who runs RPGs at the Lewisville Public
Library in Lewisville, TX.
Gaming News from ALA,
the ALA's blog on games in the library.
and Gaming Resources, the ALA's wiki on games in the library.
Games in Libraries,
a podcast about games, gaming, and gamers in libraries.
in Libraries course - a series of YouTube videos of a course
on games in libraries.
Public Library Roleplaying - blog for a library in Texas that
regularly hosts many roleplaying events, and even some miniature
painting seminars. Two fantastic resources are available here - a Power
Point presentation on running RPG events in libraires and a PDF
guide to RPGs for library use. Don't miss them!
Google discussion group on all aspects of gaming in libraries.
- A gaming convention held in a library
in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
& Blog Posts
Fantasy RPGs - Tips for introducing role-playing games in your
library - School Library Journal, January 2nd, 2008.
of the Dragonslayers - Times Argus, March 23rd, 2008. The
Ilsey Public Library in Vermont hosts an all-night Dungeons & Dragons
& Dragons at the Library, Wired GeekDad,
September 22nd, 2008.
a Dungeons & Dragons campaign @
your library. It's easy! - yalibrarian, February 26th, 2008.
A listing of role-playing events at libraries. Are
you hosting one, or know of one, and you'd like to see it listed here?
Contact me and let me know -
listings are retained for some time after the event has passed, to give
readers the opportunity to contact the library about future events.
NOTE: The libraries and groups on this list are in no
way affiliated with The Escapist.
County Public Library (Dusenberry - River branch)
||Join us for our newest gaming club - an
interactive adventure game based on the Lord of the Rings
This paper/pencil gaming club is open to youth age 10 or older.
Participants should have read the book and/or seen the movies.
Contact: (520) 594-5600
||2nd Thursday of each month, 5:30 pm - 7:30
||Yu-Gi-Oh, Dungeons and Dragons and more.
For more information, call (207) 985-2173.
||Every Friday, 3 pm - 4:45 pm
||Las Vegas, NV
||Games Played: Living Forgotten Realms,
Pathfinder, D&D, D&D
Miniatures, and any other RPGs, card games, board games etc. that
people want to run. Vegas Gamers members also run
other days and places. Check out the Events section at vegasgamers.org
to see all the scheduled events. 833 Las Vegas Blvd N Just south of
Washington St. For more information, call (702) 455-8200
||2nd Saturday of each month, 9:30am - 6pm
||Teen Roleplaying Program: Free
and open to ages 12 and up. Contact Teen Librarian Amy
Albrect at (972)
219-3400 or visit http://blusponge.blogspot.com for
||1st and 3rd
Monday of each month, 6 pm - 8:30 pm.
& Dragons. For more information, call (802)
||Every Tuesday, 3 pm - 6:30 pm
County Public Library
||Dungeons & Dragons.
For more information, call (307) 687-9229
||Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
are library events that have passed, but those libraries
hosting new RPG events. Contact them for more information.
||Dakota County, MN
||Special programs offered throughout the
summer for teens (ages ages 12 to 18) including crafts, writing, dance,
Dungeons & Dragons, book discussion groups, video and board
games. Participating teens are invited to an end of the summer Teen
Library Takeover Aug. 13.
||Beginning June 14th, 2010
||Whether you play “Magic: The Gathering,”
“Dungeons and Dragons,” or
something else, join this popular gaming group and be part of a
self-contained fantasy game. For more information: (978) 658-2967
||Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 3:00pm
& Dragons - Teens only (grades 6-12).
For more information: (817) 491-2691
||Saturdays. 2pm - 4pm, starting September
||Dungeons & Dragons for grades 6-12.
For more information: 817-491-2691
||February 27th, 2009 2:00-4:00pm
||Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
||Phantasm, a game convention held at the
Peterborough Public Library.
||Sept. 26 - 27, 2009 (Sat. 10:00 am - 12:00
pm, Sun. 10:00 am - 8:00 pm)
||Teen Fantasy Gaming Group -Whether you play
Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons &
Dragons, or something else, join this popular group and be
part of a self-contained fantasy game. Call (978) 658-2967 for details.
||Nov. 10, 2009 - 3 p.m.
City Public Library
||Iowa City, IA
||Local teens in grades seven to 12 are
invited to an introduction to the game Dungeons & Dragons
the staff of Critical
Hit Games. Other
board and card games that promote creativity will be included as
well. For more information, call the fiction desk at 356-5200
||June 9, 2009 - 2-4 pm
||Intro to Role-Playing Games - These two
hours will have teenagers looking at the
history of role-playing games from the classic pen and paper games to
today’s modern video games. Materials provided.
||March 19, 2009 - 2-4 pm
||For teens. Play “Dungeons and Dragons” or
other role-playing games at the library. Contact: 425-747-3350
||March 19, 2009 - 3 pm
once a month role-playing group at the Defiance Public Library.
Librarian Dustin Harris DMs the group. It meets
weeks. Contact: 419-782-1456
|March 18, 2009 Future dates:
April 15, May 13
||A twice monthly fantasy role-playing game
group at Johnson Memorial
Library. Librarian Dustin Harris facilitates the adventures, and
refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Hicksville Library. For
more info, call 419-542-6200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
||March 13, 2009 - 4-6 pm
Area District Library
||Traverse City, MI
& Dragons Quest, free and open for ages 15+. May
last four hours or more. Call (231) 932-8500 for details.
||March 7, 2009 Future dates - Apr.
11, May 9
||Las Vegas, NV
||Living Forgotten Realms, Pathfinder, open
gaming, and indie and story games. For more information: Vegas
||Feb. 28, 2008 - 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
|Teen Game Night - includes Dungeons & Dragons.
Contact: (585) 359-7092
||Jan. 28, 2008 - 6:30-8 p.m.
||D&D Series II - A continuing
five-week roleplaying saga. Contact: 864- 877-8722
||Jan. 17 - Feb. 14, 2009 - 1-5 pm
Free Public Library
& Dragons tournament. Sign up at the Teen desk.
Contact: (617) 972-6431
||Jan. 10, 2008 - 2 p.m.
||Teens can make new friends and share with
others their passion for role-playing games including Dungeons
& Dragons. Equipment not necessary. Weekly
participation encouraged and college students welcomed. Recommended for
ages 13-up. Contact: (941) 861-5000
||Nov. 29 - Dec. 27, 2008 - 12-4 p.m.
City Library (Plaza Branch)
||Mansas City, MO
& Dragons: Open Games - Join us for this classic
role playing game. Together we storm the
castles, grapple the monsters, sneak attack the unaware, and look good
doing it! Contact: (816)701-3481
||Dec. 03, 2008 - 5 p.m.
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