Douglas County Libraries has games on the brain this month! Here is a selection of game-focused books, videos and streaming media to keep the fun going through the holidays. Want more? Check out this expanded list.
Games & Life for Adults
by Tristan Donovan
Renowned games expert Tristan Donovan opens the box on the incredible and often surprising history and psychology of board games, tracing the evolution of games across cultures, from the paranoid toy genius behind Operation and Mouse Trap to the role of Monopoly in helping prisoners of war escape the Nazis.
by Mary Pilon
A humorous, engaging look at the history of board games, revealing a broader view into social history. This is a quick, enjoyable read that takes less time than a game of Monopoly.
by Tim Crothers
The astonishing true story of Phiona Mutesi, a teenager from the slums of Kampala, Uganda, who, inspired by an unlikely mentor (a war refugee-turned-missionary), became an international chess champion.
by Stuart Brown
From a leading expert, a groundbreaking book on the science of play and its essential role in fueling our happiness and intelligence throughout our lives. Play is a biological drive as integral to our health as sleep or nutrition. We are designed by nature to flourish through play.
Games & Ideas for Adults & Families
Did you know Scrabble allows 105 two-letter words? Find them, and more than 100,000 others, in this indispensable source of Scrabble words.
by Drew Daywalt
You’ve played the game, now read the legend of how it all began. Cheeky humor and goofy pictures will have kids and adults laughing out loud.
by Brooks Butler Hays
The serious leisure aficionado knows that it doesn’t take much to transform a ho-hum afternoon into a truly memorable one — all it takes is just a few balls, some mallets, and maybe a horseshoe or two. This ode to classic outdoor games includes rules as well as appropriate accompanying cocktails!
by Joshua Glenn
Looking for game ideas? This book has instructions and illustrations for more than 70 games — from outdoor fun to inside parlor contests to Google Earth challenges — plus ideas for making up your own games. Written in an irreverent, tongue-in-cheek (yet helpful!) style, this book is meant to be enjoyed by the whole family.
by Oriol Ripoll
This collection of more than 100 games from around the world will keep kids busy having fun all year round. With clear instructions and fun illustrations, kids can learn about traditional games that can be played indoors and outdoors, alone or with a group, running the gamut from quiet board games to wild games of chase.
by Nancy Linde
Based on the science that shows that adults who solve word games and brainteasers have a significant cognitive advantage over those who do not, this book provides 399 fun games, puzzles and trivia challenges to stretch and cross-train your brain.
by Veronika Alice Gunter
Don’t let a rainy day get you down. This e-book is packed with ideas to harness your creativity and your energy and spend a fun afternoon learning new games, including scavenger hunts and push-popcorn-with-your-nose races!
by Richard James
This is the perfect introduction to chess for children ages 7 and up. Using the characters of 7-year-old twins Alice and Sam, the book teaches the main moves and the concepts of check, checkmate and stalemate.
from The Great Courses
Take a mathematical approach to playing games and solving puzzles by learning about various games, from games of pure strategy (like chess), to games of pure luck (like many casino games), to games that mix strategy and luck (like blackjack, backgammon and poker). Improve your ability to play these games, and learn some interesting mathematics along the way.
by Bruce Pandolfini (read by the author)
Fluid and elegant, yet rigorous and rule-bound, chess is a game that seduces, confounds and hooks. Now, world-renowned chess master and Fortune 500 business consultant Bruce Pandolfini tells listeners how chess principles can be simply and logically applied to any business or life situation.
When Alan Parrish discovers a mysterious board game, he doesn’t realize its unimaginable powers until he is magically transported into the untamed jungles of Jumanji! He remains there for 26 years, until he is freed from the game’s spell by two unsuspecting children. Now a grown man, Alan tries to outwit the game’s powerful forces.
Who killed Mr. Boddy? Was it Colonel Mustard in the study with the gun? Miss Scarlet in the billiard room with the rope? Or was it Wadsworth the butler? Based on the popular board game.
Fred Waitzkin is a sportswriter who dreams his 7-year-old son, Josh, will grow up to play baseball. One day in the park with his mother, Josh displays more than talent; he has a gift. Sensing his son is a future champion, Fred places Josh under the tutelage of a strict chess teacher. But when Josh suddenly starts to lose, his parents must confront their own motivations, and recognize what Josh prizes more than winning: his family’s love.