Harford County Public Library Offers Board Games to Promote Literacy, Critical Thinking

From the Harford County Public Library:

Customers of all ages at Harford County Public Library now have board games to check out and play.

Board games promote literacy, critical thinking and provide an interactive experience. They promote a culture of positive interaction and player cooperation and foster strategic and tactical decision-making skills.

Available board games are 7 Wonders, Big Boggle, Settlers of Catan, Coconuts, Codenames, Escape: The Curse of the Temple, Incan Gold, Monopoly Empire, Parcheesi, Qwirkle, Scrabble, Jumbo Sequence, Sheriff of Nottingham, Ticket to Ride and Timeline: Inventions.

“Offering board games is another way for the library to reinforce social and life skills for customers of all ages,” said Mary Hastler, CEO of Harford County Public Library. “While we live in a digital world, face-to-face interactions are still so very important, and board games are a great way for people of all ages to have fun and spend time with one another.”

Board game collections are housed at libraries in Aberdeen, Abingdon, Bel Air, Edgewood, Havre de Grace and Whiteford. They may be checked out for seven days (one per card) and renewed twice, as long as there are no holds.


  1. SoulCrusher says

    I’m sorry, but playing board games does NOT promote critical thinking. The definition of critical thinking is “the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment”. Maybe, in a stretch, Monopoly could be considered as a form of critical thinking, but “rolling the dice to move your mice” or “how many words can you find” is NOT critical thinking.


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