If you’re struggling to find a game of Dungeons & Dragons in your area, you might try your local library. For some time a number of libraries have been offering room and time for D&D, sometimes even providing Dungeon Masters for those who want to play.
For the last three years, the Durham County Library in North Carolina has held D&D games on Saturday afternoons. The program has become so popular that recently the library added another gaming session once a month on Tuesday nights. If that should prove successful, maybe those Tuesday nights will become regular weekly sessions, or maybe the program will expand with other nights.
Granville Public Library of Granville, Ohio, is now offering instruction in how to play Dungeons & Dragons on three Tuesday nights each month. Geared toward teens and younger people, this could be a great way for them to learn the game. Obviously this could turn into a regular gaming session if enough people attend regularly.
For those living in California, the San Bernardino County Library has a teen gamers lounge every Friday afternoon. Any kind of gaming is possible, from video games to D&D and more, so it could be worth checking out if you are in the area.
The Keene Public Library in New Hampshire is so interested in D&D that it has published a pamphlet titled “A Parent’s Introduction to Dungeons & Dragons.” Not only is this publication great for parents who want to learn about the game and role playing, but it even offers advice to parents on how to explain the game to their children.
Also, don’t think for a second that D&D in libraries is limited to the United States. A growing number of libraries throughout the world have provided tables and times for gaming, including the Guildford Library in the UK, and the Waverley Council Library in New South Wales, Australia.
Many school libraries also have times for D&D or other tabletop games, so if you’re in school or live near one, it would not hurt to look there.
Even if your library doesn’t host a regular time for tabletop gaming, perhaps there is a monthly or annual event that focuses upon games, possibly even D&D specifically. If not, maybe you should suggest it to the head librarian. Who knows? Perhaps you could even be in charge of such an event, or help guide its creation.
As always, remember to Stay Nerdy!
A former newspaper editor for two decades in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky, Ty now earns his lunch money as a fiction writer, mostly in the fantasy and horror genres. In his free time he enjoys tabletop and video gaming, long swording, target shooting, reading, beer tasting and recalling fond memories of his late wife and their beagle baby, Lily. Find City of Rogues and other books and e-books by Ty Johnston at Amazon.