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New Year’s Eve Game Night: The Event for Party Rodents


In a little over a week, it’ll be time to say smell ya later (or, more like smell ya later forever) to 2017, which means another New Year’s Eve will be upon us. At that point, we must each decide whether or not to cave into societal pressure and have the rockin’ good time Dick Clark so dearly wanted for us all. Admittedly, there are many who jump at the excuse to embrace their inner Andrew W.K. and party hardy, but there are plenty of others, moi included, who look at the prospect of mandatory celebration with trepidation. Typical New Year-ringing activities involve long waits, raucous crowds, and/or dropping lots of Washingtons, and that’s not necessarily a formula for fun. What’s the low-key party rodent* to do?

One solution is to scurry over to our extra-special New Year’s Eve Game Night event. It’s like our regular Game Night program, but with a serious confetti injection; it’s twice as long, there’s extra food, and the place is festooned with shimmery doodads and baubles for maximum festiveness. For those unfamiliar with how we get down at Game Night, here’s how it works: We put out a whole slew of board games for all ages (including giant versions of Jenga, Connect 4, and checkers) for you and your friends, family, and agreeable strangers to enjoy. You’re also welcome to bring in your favorites from home. You’re sure to work up an appetite while dice rollin’, card drawin’, and domino slingin’ your way to an entertaining evening, which is why we make Game Night a potluck affair. You’re not required to bring food to attend, but it is encouraged, and the library and gamers in attendance sure do appreciate any contributed snackage.

We put the “New Year’s Eve” in New Year’s Eve Game Night with (recorded) music, door prizes, party favors, sparkling cider (sorry, that’s as strong as drinks get ‘round here), and TV countdown viewings. If you think a good game of Clue or Exploding Kittens sounds more fun than a long, loud night in an overcrowded bar, or you need a wholesome place to celebrate the occasion with your family, or you just want the thrill of getting out of the house without the annoyance of dealing with long drives, traffic, complicated parking, and droves of people who seem to share the joint resolution of drinking all of the adult beverages in existence in 2017 before 2018 arrives, this is the shindig for you.

The gaming begins at 8 PM Sunday night and will roll on through the New Year and wrap up around 12:15 AM Monday morning. Resolve to be here.


*A party rodent being one who still likes to party, but not on the same scale as a full-fledged party animal.

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