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Here’s a more fun way to keep libraries fresh and relevant than heavy-handed publicity campaigns or rebranding exercises that shun the dread worded “library”:

The teen advisory board at the La Vista Public Library in La Vista, Neb., turned their Teen Read Week into a life-size playthrough of a session of Arkham Horror, the by-now classic board game based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

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As recounted in the U.S. School Library Journal, youth librarian and Library Journal mover-and-shaker Lindsey Tomsu led local teens in the huge collaborative gameplay session, complete with home-made props, costumes, straitjackets, portals into other dimensions, and even plush soft cuddly soul-devouring monsters.

The event was such a success that the group hopes to repeat it in future.

librariesBrowsers, just watch out for the rumble of gigantic 20-sided dice rolling, Indiana Jones-style, between the bookstacks …

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