News from Newfoundland and Labrador - MUN Board Games Tournament

Submitted by CRYSTAL ROSE, Public Services Librarian, Grenfell & Harlow Campuses, Memorial University of Newfoundland

The Ferriss Hodgett Library on the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University holds an orientation event every September to welcome new and returning students. Previous activities that have been held in the library during orientation week include videogame tournaments, movie nights, and trivia, and have attracted as many as 100 students.  This year, the library hosted a board game tournament and invited faculty members to play too. Over 50 students and faculty played games from the library’s own board game collection and also brought along some of their own games.
The library started a collection of board games in 2013 that users can borrow for 2-day loan. Traditional favourites, like Monopoly, are available as well as popular new games like Settlers of Catan. The board games were part of the campus-wide initiative to support student mental health and wellness. During the especially stressful end of semesters, students are encouraged to take a break and unwind through the library’s various healthy “de-stressing” activities, like our St. John Ambulance therapy dog visits, yoga and mindfulness sessions, free coffee, tea and snacks, or by playing a board game.
The library’s orientation event has usually been scheduled for Friday evening after the library closes. It provides students with a dry, all-ages event in a safe environment and also promotes the library as a welcoming and fun place to be. This year, students especially enjoyed getting to meet and socialize with their professors. Prizes and snacks for the tournament were provided by orientation sponsors.