Posted: Friday, April 13

Meet our digital services assistants, Ursula Andreeff and Hugh Sato! They are part of the team that is responsible for launching the Collaboratory and they’ve been busy curating materials and prepping equipment for use and maintenance. Ursula and Hugh are also designing ways for patrons to learn how to use all the different and exciting tools we have so that patrons can build their dream projects! 

What do you enjoy most about working at the library?meet the staff
URSULA: First off, I love how friendly the staff and patrons are at NPL. I enjoy having the opportunity to constantly learn new skills here. While getting ready for the Collaboratory grand opening I have learned about new kinds of equipment like Raspberry Pi's and the HTC Vive. 

HUGH: The people I work with, and the support that the community has shown of our past programming and future efforts with the makerspace. We've seen a great number of interest and curiosity in making anywhere from art projects to home repairs, and it's exciting to be able to bring that to patrons in the context of a public knowledge repository like the library. I think it just makes sense to be able to pick up a book, find yourself daydreaming of some crazy idea, and then be able to build it in the same place you got that book from!

What's something we may not know about you? 
URSULA: Outside of working in the Digital Services department, I am also a painter and run a fashion line called JUPITER XI Apparel. All the garments are based off of my artwork.

HUGH: I'm also a practicing new media artist, which means I blend art and technology together. Specifically, I work with choreographers, dancers, composers, theaters, and exhibitions to make interactive experiences that help you understand collectivity, modes of leadership, and activism or resistance through embodied movement. Ultimately, what use is technology without the context of the human body, and how does it change how we collectively make decisions about ourselves, and our society?

What are some good books you've read lately? What about films?
URSULA: I've recently read the play Fences by August Wilson, the graphic novel Zahra's Paradise by Amir & Khalil, and saw the film “Get Out” by director Jordan Peele. 

HUGH: I've been enjoying Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday, but I'm typically more of a nonfiction reader. The book, Creating Exhibitions [...] by Janet Kamien and Polly McKenna-Cress has been vital to my work lately! Super interesting ideas about cross-collaborations among different teams and stakeholders on a project. On another note, the Japanese film “Nobody Knows” has been sitting on my table unwatched for perhaps too long...

What are you listening to these days (audiobooks, music, podcasts, etc.)?
URSULA: I've been listening to music from Latin America. Chancha via Circuito, Reyna Tropical, and Mala Rodriguez have been on rotation.

HUGH: Listening to lots of Tinariwen and the album Blood by Rhye. The music video for “Dove” by Pilar Point is awesome! Plus there's a healthy stream of "lofi hip hop radio" on Youtube, drifting through the doorways of my apartment.

Posted: Tuesday, March 13

April is National Volunteer Month and the Northbrook Public Library is fortunate to have a dedicated team of volunteers help the staff run the day-to-day operations. Get to know two longtime volunteers, Bill Schwartz and Marilyn Takiff! 

Bill Schwartz

What inspired you to start volunteering?bill schwartz

My wife saw an article in the library bulletin and said, 'You love libraries; why don't you volunteer?'" I said, "You are right!" [He’s been volunteering here for five years].

What is your favorite part of volunteering at the library?

I like completing tasks with well-defined goals, like shelving scores or tidying up CDs or working tabulating or making memo pads for library departments. This is different from my career as a mental health social worker (retired after 40 years), where you did not necessarily know the long-term result.

What brings you to the library when you aren't volunteering?

I use the library for its magazines, non-fiction books, and surprising my three grandchildren here with a trip to the library or bringing them books. I have enjoyed attending movies and concerts and lectures here that are always outstanding.

What’s special about this library?

Your customer service is the best compared to all profit, governmental or other type of organizations!

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?

I am reading a Scientific American monthly magazine.

Fun fact about yourself:

I am in a large singing group where we sing songs of the 1900s.

 

Marilyn Takiff

What inspired you to start volunteering?image of marilyn takiff

Originally I worked here for 18 years in Reader Services. Later I got into the Interlibrary Loan department. It was a challenge. One person couldn’t do it so we had about five people who helped. We also ran 10 book clubs so sometimes we would need to get 30 books ready for the book clubs ahead of time. It was so fun being an employee, to be a part of what’s going on here. [She's been a volunteer for seven years with Fiction & Media. She indexes the musical score collection.]

What is your favorite part of volunteering at the library?

I love the library. This is a fabulous one; the only place where I’ve gotten books.

What brings you to the library when you aren't volunteering?

We go to the Auditorium, the jazz shows. Sometimes my books are due over the weekends so I come by to drop off books. [The staff is] very helpful. I also attend Books and Beyond with [librarian] Lori Seigel.

What’s special about this library?

First, the collection is amazing. For example, I was driving home one day listening to NPR and Mr. Khizr Khan was on. I instantly placed a pending order for Khan’s book. People here are so helpful and make it pleasant for everyone. I like everything about this library.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?

WTTW’s Chicago Tonight; NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross; The Child Who Never Grew by Pearl Buck; Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

Fun fact about yourself:

I enjoy attending lectures through the North Shore Senior Center. I've had the opportunity to meet and greet speakers including Mike Nussbaum and Ramsey Lewis

 

 

 

Posted: Friday, March 2

Saori ChibaSaori Chiba can’t recall her very first live music performance at the Northbrook Public Library, but given how long she’s been performing here, it’s certainly understandable.

“It is such a long time ago,” she said. “I first performed [here], probably 20 years ago or so with a wonderful (group): a pianist, singers and violinists.”

Saori, who’s been playing the piano since age five, looks forward to returning to the library on Sunday, March 4, at 3:00pm in the Auditorium. She and Michael McElvain, her piano duo partner, will play works by Brahms, Grieg, Debussy, Khachaturian, Bizet, Copland, Bernstein, and Gershwin for their 2 Pianos 4 Hands concert.

“As a pianist, I enjoy performing at the library because they have the most wonderful pianos! And this makes for an exceptional communication with the audience,” Saori said.

This year’s 2 Pianos 4 Hands series--sponsored by the Northbrook Arts Commission--is expected to be special for audiences and pianists alike. Last summer, the library received a long-term loan of a Steinway classic grand piano from the Northbrook Steinway & Sons gallery.  Steinway artist and regular performer, Susan Merdinger has described it as a “beautiful instrument, an incomparable instrument.”

Saori, a native of Tokyo, has received many awards and accolades. One of her recent recordings earned her the Daily Herald’s Top Ten Classical CDs of the Year Award. Another recording was selected for a Grammy Award category for Best Chamber Music Performance.

She’s also worked with Ravinia Festival conductor Christophe Eschenbach and world-renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

Her Chicago piano duo partner, Michael, has served as a recent guest conductor for the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis, in which his work was praised as “the finest reading of Shubert’s Unfinished Symphony I have ever heard,” by KFUO’s Tom Sudholt. Michael, who’s also toured Europe with his progressive rock outfit, Pavlov’s Dog, also serves as an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University School of Music.

Fiction and Media Librarian Reva Auerbach describes the live 2 Pianos 4 Hands performance as an “exciting cascade of sound” and anticipates the dynamic series will be a smashing hit with patrons.

“You find yourself listening to two strains of music, seeing how the two artists interact, hoping they don't collide if both are playing a single piano,” she said. “You admire them for their talent, and realize it takes a lot of extra effort to play together, whether on one piano or two.”

2 Pianos 4 Hands concerts take place on Sundays at 3:00pm. You may call or visit our website to reserve a spot for these performances. See the library’s full concert lineup here.

Posted: Thursday, March 1

This is the second installment of the Meet the Writers of Northbrook Writes. Check out the first feature.

Anne McKinley, Daniel Cacchione, and Tracy Slutzky are three local writers with different goals and motivations for their writing. Whenever they attend a Northbrook Writes event, they say they gain valuable insights and a mutual understanding about the challenges of writing.

At Northbrook Writes, a series of free lectures and workshops led by acclaimed authors, participants delve deep into the various pillars of good writing: setting the scene, modulating a story’s tension, escalating suspense, developing characters, and much more. Aside from learning how to improve their writing, participants find support and kinship.

About the Writers

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Anne has participated in the Northwestern University Summer Writers’ Conference for many years. Then late last year she noticed in the library’s newsletter that some of the conference instructors were also involved with Northbrook Writes, so she decided to sign up for the workshops. Ann is staying motivated to keep writing, something she’s been doing for the last 13 years.

 

daniel nb writes

 

Daniel is a semi-retired longtime resident whose interest in storytelling goes back to when he was in 4th grade living in Erie, Pennsylvania. He wrote a first-person essay about his experience of falling through the ice in Lake Erie and being rescued by a woman “who pulled me up by the hood.” Daniel’s work, It’s Cold Down There, earned him an honorable mention from his school’s writing contest. The former insurance executive is writing a memoir after going through major obstacles in his life.

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Tracy, a former drama and English teacher, is a director of content for a healthcare company and she’s been interested in writing fiction since she first tackled creative writing assignments in 5th grade. Even with a busy marketing career and raising two children, she’s leaning into the momentum of writing fiction and learning to enjoy the creative process. She has been working on a fantasy novel (“This is more about a girl in a semi-realistic world and how she arrives at a certain personal growth.”) for the last two years.

 

On Finding Community

Anne: The most important lesson is that none of us are alone, which is what writing feels like a large chunk of the time. Seeing all the other participants in the seminars and listening to their questions, struggles, and feedback has helped me set aside my guilt over finding the time to write and not always doing everything on my to-do list.

Daniel: Writing is a monastic work environment. Having to sit by myself and work is probably one of my problems because I’m a social person. The classes are educational and you get introduced to people who may be very different from you but they all want to put something down on paper. It’s a very diverse group. All have a desire to write. Some want to be published and some don’t. I was very surprised by the attendance of other writers in the area.

Tracy: The Northbrook Writes program is outstanding. I’ve missed very few events. I really make a point to attend all of them. I feel like I can always get something from them and keep the momentum going. Writing is a very solitary thing to do and it’s not always easy to get started.

 

Valuable tips and ‘Useful Pearls’

Anne: I have been so impressed with the quality of the instructors (all of whom also teach paid writing courses), the length of the seminars, and the thought that has gone into making the courses accessible to people who work full time.

Daniel: Last year I attended a Northbrook Writes class on character development; how to develop character without having to rely too much on the description of their appearance but rather through their attitudes, characteristics and actions.

Tracy: I think the speakers that are brought in always have some useful pearls to offer that can help me think differently and push my writing further. There was a lecture on setting and it’s something that I probably need to develop. There’s always something shared that I can learn from.

I’ve really learned to enjoy the process. I don’t write every day. There are periods of time when life gets busier. It is a challenge sometimes to find time. But as long as I continue to move forward, it’s OK. So I’ve tapped on something that works for me and I keep it enjoyable and I’m very conscientious about keeping it that way.

 

Posted: Thursday, February 22

Planning an outing for the whole family isn’t easy for Liz Wang. image of declan and aiden

“We tend to be home a lot; it’s hard to do community outings,” said the Northbrook mother of three young children. “Story Hour [at the library] doesn’t really work. We try to attend as as family, but it’s tough.”

Aiden, her second grade son, has autism and needs special tools to feel comfortable and focus.

Fortunately, last March, when the library began organizing Accessibility Hour and other sensory-friendly family events, the Wangs immediately noticed that Aiden was participating and enjoying his time.

During Accessibility Hour, families with special needs are invited to visit the library one hour before the regular opening to tour the building, check out materials, and participate in sensory-friendly activities. The next Accessibility Hour is coming up on Sunday, March 11 at 12:00pm.

“It’s so nice to have Accessibility Hour and that we could come as a family, because otherwise there’s so much pressure,” Liz said. “It’s just nice that it’s specifically for [Aiden]. It’s nice to have that time. He likes to run around … I didn’t feel as guilty and he felt comfortable, too, and had a sense of being able to fit in.”

During one sensory-friendly event, the library had set up a workstation including beans in containers.

“[Aiden] loved that,” she said. “He brought up the beans a week later. It’s nice to know that he has a positive experience here.”

Like Liz, the Keddy family says the accessibility programs have brought about meaningful experiences and quality bonding time.

“I especially love that it is our local library offering these programs,” Stephanie said. “I grew up reading and studying in libraries.  I love that the library is growing and evolving to offer programs that encompass its special needs patrons.”

Creating programs that enable families to use the library and participate in activities together was the impetus behind Accessibility Hour, said Sarah Rustman, School and Special Services Librarian.

“So much of the week for families consists of children in all kinds of activities or therapies that don't involve parent participation,” Sarah said. “I wanted Accessibility Hour to bridge that gap and provide a program that creates memories for the whole family. I get to see children with special needs, siblings, and parents all having new experiences together; whether it be exploring the library, using a sensory box, or participating in a program and that warms my heart each and every time.”

Stephanie and Tom’s seven-year-old son Declan has a cochlear implant and uses a wheelchair. The accessibility programs provides her family with “wonderful community-based events that are geared specifically to special needs kids.”

“These type of programs are very hard to find,” said Stephanie, who also has a four-year-old daughter. “We can come together as a family to learn and have fun in a calm, relaxed environment free from judgment.”

As parents of a child with special needs, it’s important to help Declan meet new challenges and “not put limits,” Tom said.

Declan and his family particularly enjoy Sensory Storytimes and Special Needs Yoga.

“And as a result of that he takes yoga classes now because he was so good in that [Special Needs Yoga] class,” Tom said.

The library offers additional resources for families with special needs, from its special needs collection to discovery skills kits to electronic Playaway launchpads. For more information about these resources, please reach out to Sarah at srustman@northbrook.info or 847-272-4192.  

Photo caption: Declan (left), 7, and Aiden (right), 7, both of Northbrook, spend time enjoying sensory-friendly box materials.  

 

Posted: Wednesday, February 21

Makers represent a diverse range of specialties. Whether you enjoy crocheting or producing 3D designs, your imagination and passion for creating things is what defines you as a maker.

As construction of the Collaboratory, the library’s new makerspace, is on track to be completed in mid-March, makers from the community have expressed their enthusiasm for the new space and all its machines and tools (ranging from high-tech to low-tech to no-tech).

Meet Debbie, Rita, and Dave, three local makers eager to expand their repertoire.

 

Debbie Reederimage of debbie

Debbie is a retired librarian with a career spanning nearly 40 years in academic and corporate libraries. She loves to travel, read, bake and, of course, craft. Debbie is a regular participant of the library’s crafting programs and is active with other local crafting groups such as the Northbrook Community Club. Debbie is excited to try out all the new machines. “Where else would I get a chance to do that but here?,” she said. “It’s an opportunity I would not have otherwise. I want to see what I could do with it.”

 

 

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Dave Schwartzberg

Dave has a professional background in accounting. Around the Internet boom era in the late 90s, he took night classes to change careers and survived the dot-com bubble. Today, he works as a mobile data protection specialist. Dave’s interest in technology stems from his childhood and being influenced by his father, who was an aerospace engineer. As a maker, Dave is interested a range of activities, including cryptography, coding and soldering. Once the Collaboratory opens, Dave looks forward to “get my kids out of my house to meet with other people who have similar interests.”

 

 

 

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Rita Tao

Around the time Rita retired from the pharmaceutical industry about five years ago, a colleague taught her how to craft with beads. Relatedly, Rita’s mother was a skilled crafter, particularly with beading and crocheting. After her mother passed away, “I thought, ‘I should probably pick up some of that,’” she said. “I’m interested in all kinds of crafting work. Crafts keep me busy. During class reunions, I give away (my finished crafts) to friends.”

 

Posted: Thursday, February 15

Spring will be an exciting season for the Northbrook Public Library. In addition to wrapping up construction on the new Collaboratory and training staff on the space’s equipment, the library will be rolling out a brand new online catalog and updating checkout policies.

The changes, which take effect on Tuesday, April 17, will make using the library more library more convenient for patrons, according to Executive Director Kate Hall.

“We are updating our circulation policies to tie in with our new catalog to provide patrons with the best user experience,” said Hall. “Our hope is that by streamlining the policies and making them easier for people to remember, combined with the new catalog, people will have a much easier time finding and checking out the materials they are interested in.”

The library’s current catalog will be offline between Saturday, April 14 and Monday, April 16 as the new catalog is set up. During this time, patrons will be able to check out materials, but are encouraged to:

  • Bring your library card to the library, as staff may not be able to check out materials to you or access your account

  • Call the library to confirm that an item is on the shelf

  • Place holds on items before the transition period

Due dates for some items may also be extended during the transition period.

The new online catalog will launch on Tuesday, April 17. In addition to a faster, better browsing experience, the new catalog offers automatic renewals for eligible items, which will autorenew up to 2 times. Patrons will also be able to download their reading history and pick up items at any of the 24 libraries within the Northbrook Public Library’s consortium with the new catalog.

“The new catalog will feature a cleaner look and will provide more option­­­s for people to browse our collection,” said Hall. “With over 340,000 items in our collection, it can be challenging for people to browse online, but the new catalog will help people find topics that are of interest in addition to easily finding specific titles they are looking for.”

The new checkout policies will also take effect April 17. The following updates were approved at the Board of Trustees’ January meeting:

  • Overdue fines will lower to $.10 per day for all items (excluding DVDs and Blu-rays, which remain $1.00/day)

  • Maximum fine per item will lower to $2.00

  • Patrons may now check out as many items as they choose

  • Loan periods have been extended to three weeks for almost all items. New and Lucky Day feature films can be checked out for one week.

  • Almost all items will automatically renew up to three times.

While the library will be bustling with new and exciting updates in March and April, Hall is confident that patrons’ experience will continue to be positive.

“Patrons can always expect top notch customer service from our staff when they visit or call. During the changes to the catalog, they will still receive that same level of service and will now see it extend to our new catalog,” she said. “And while we have tried to plan for every eventuality in changing to a new catalog, we appreciate patrons patience in the event that any technology hiccups do occur.”  

Patrons are encouraged to visit the library’s website for more information about these new changes, including logging into their library account, placing a hold, and paying fines, in April. The library will also hold drop-in help sessions in April for anyone wanting additional assistance with the new catalog.

Posted: Friday, January 26

Amy Watia Brennan and Allison Fradkin may have different writing backgrounds and sensibilities, but when they show up to a Northbrook Writes class, they’re fellow students honing the craft of writing.

At Northbrook Writes, a series of free lectures and workshops led by acclaimed authors,  participants delve deep into the various pillars of good writing: setting the scene, revising your manuscript, modulating a story’s tension, escalating suspense, developing characters, and much more. But aside from learning how to improve their writing, participants find support and kinship.

About the Writers

Amy Watia Brennan

 

Amy, a University of Michigan graduate and librarian, is working on her middle-grade fiction novel and hopes to finish by spring. She’s currently a stay-at-home mother with three young children who moved to Northbrook over the summer. Amy learned about Northbrook Writes from a poster in the library lobby and has been a regular attendee ever since. 

 

Allison Fradkin

 

Allison has been writing professionally for eleven years. She’s a Dramatist for Special Gifts Theatre (“although that's more of a joy than a job,” says Allison), adapting scripts to showcase the strengths and talents of actors of all ages and abilities. Allison is also the Literary Coordinator for Pride Films & Plays. She recently completed a feminist homage to The Golden Girls called Say Cheesecake! The Musical about Girls of a Golden Age.

 

On Finding Community

Amy: Writing is a lonely process; Just sitting by yourself in front of a computer. So to be in a room with others who are doing this and hearing their comments, it makes it more collaborative even though in the end you’re doing it on your own. It fosters a sense of community and the awareness that there are others out there like me.

[Coincidentally, after running into each other at Northbrook Writes, Amy and Tracy Slutzky (read about her in the next installation of Meet the Writers!) learned their daughters were in the Northbrook Park District’s musical production of Annie together and became fast friends.]

Allison: I'm shy about sharing my writing in a group setting, but I love listening to and learning from other writers, especially when they're discussing the creative process, characterization, point of view, research, and plotting.

 

On Valuable Tips and ‘Useful Pearls’

Amy: I’m impressed by the caliber of the speakers and how well-attended [Northbrook Writes] is. Overall, as someone who’s interested in learning all aspects of this, it’s well-rounded. There’s something for everybody. 

Allison: As a reading material girl, my favorite genres are historical fiction and young adult fiction, so the workshops on those topics have been considerably constructive. I have an idea for a retro coming-of-age novel, and being a part of the Northbrook Writes group has translated my ambition to write it into an intention to do so. 

 

Upcoming Workshops

February 17: we will host national bestselling author Bret Nicholaus as he discusses The 7 Keys to Writing the Perfect Query Letter to make a strong impression on agents and publishers. Reserve a spot to guarantee entry.

February 24: Rebecca Makkai, author of The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, will guide writers on the emotional process of Revising Your Manuscript. Reserve a spot to guarantee entry.

Posted: Wednesday, January 17

Since late August, the Northbrook Public Library has been receiving clerical help from a couple student workers.

James Pujals, or JC, and Karin McDonald are students with the Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED), a special education cooperative that provides programs, services, coaching, and consultation to enable students become independent and successful.

Over the course of the semester, Stephanie Galindez, an employment specialist for NSSED, has seen a lot of growth and independence in JC, 18, and Karin, 17, as they worked and interacted with staff. Youth Services Librarian Sarah Rustman often collaborated with JC and Karin.

“Karin's smile lights up a room and JC's jokes always had me laughing,” Sarah said. “I looked forward to every morning I got to see them and I really will miss them.”

The NSSED has partnered with the library for more than 15 years, Stephanie said. Part of her job is to train students in community-based jobs to help the students obtain paid employment. NSSED and the library work together to adapt the students’ work environment to train and empower them to succeed in their future employment.

“The work that the students do while job training in the community, specifically the library, teaches them assorted job skills that can be transferred to different work environments,” Stephanie said. “Volunteering at the library also can further develop the students' soft skills, and communication skills with staff and patrons.”

Likewise, the library gains many valuable benefits from working with NSSED students, Sarah said.

“We are lucky enough to get to work with NSSED students of all abilities and that makes the library a better place for everyone,” Sarah said. “NSSED has a number of employment placement locations where students go, and I feel honored that we get to be one of them. We gain needed assistance on tasks and they gain valuable work experience which is a great exchange.”

The library thanks JC and Karin for a job well done this semester, and thanks the NSSED for their dedication.
 

MEET KARIN & JCimage of karin

What is your favorite part of volunteering at the library?

Karin: Stamping RAILS sheets.

JC: Stamping RAILS sheets.

 

What brings you to the library when you’re not volunteering?Image of JC

Karin: I like reading.

JC: To spend time with my family. I used to come a lot with my mom.

 

What are you currently reading, watching or listening to?

Karin: I listen to Keith Urban.

JC: I am watching football, Castle and Friends.

 

Fun fact about yourself?

Karin: I like to dance.

JC: I can sing, dance, and play the guitar.

 

Posted: Friday, January 12

One by one, young patrons trickled into the room on a late afternoon, straight from the brutal post-Christmas cold.

“I’m here for dungeoneering,” announced a boy who rushed in, still bundled up in his winter coat.

Intro to Dungeoneering Class“You’re in the right place,” replied Rachel Kaplan, a programming assistant who led the Intro to Dungeoneering course on January 3.

Nine young dungeoneers gathered around a table in the YS Activity Room to start a fantasy adventure featuring gnomes, hermit elf monks, and strategic power moves.

Dungeons and Dragons, the group was about to learn, is “based on the D20 die,” Rachel told the group. “This is not a Game of Life, Monopoly kind of die.”  

The library’s Intro to Dungeoneering class offers a supportive and collaborative space for dungeoneers—both novices and seasoned players—to learn and cultivate an interactive fandom.

“Dungeons & Dragons is fun because although there are rules and tropes, you can do just about anything. With a fun Dungeon Master, each adventure is a collaborative storytelling method. It's worthwhile because it brings people together into a common fantasy where anyone can be an elf wizard or a half-orc monk.” Rachel said. “But it's not just fun magic and hanging out with people. D&D adventures often require players to strategize and think creatively to solve puzzles or defeat a monster.”

To the uninitiated, Dungeons & Dragons may seem too riddled with labyrinthine elements, but the young attendees picked up the game in no time.

Kevin Westmoor and Daniel Westcott, both 10, said they enjoyed learning the basics of dungeoneering and would recommend the tabletop game to their friends.

“I really like that it’s its own story and it’s social,” Kevin said. “There are rules and guidelines but at the same time there’s no limit.” dungeoneers

By the time the class was over, Abhimanyu Khurana, 10, was planning to “buy the hard copy and play with my cousins.”

“My older cousins used to play it but I didn’t really get it at the time,” Abhimanyu said. “But now, it seems pretty fun to me.”

For adults, the library offers monthly Tabletop Gaming meetups.

Rachel, who plans to schedule more dungeoneering classes this year, came up with the idea of running a D&D program not long after she took charge of the department’s Science Explorers and Create Club.

“I love the game and know that it's hard to get into if you don't have someone to teach you show how it works, and I wanted to be that person for someone else,” she said.

In the meantime, Rachel encourages those who like fantasy and cooperative games to think about taking up the hobby, “as well as those who are looking for a community (in person and online) with a good sense of humor that cares about quality storytelling.”

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