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Library hosts game exhibit and game nights

Library features rare antique game exhibit plus weekly board game nights in April

Before the Internet and Nintendo Wii, families gathered around the kitchen table to play Monopoly, Scrabble and Yahtzee. Those board games may be fond memories for a some, but Charleston native John Ellerbe has spent a lifetime collecting antique and rare games and puzzles - many of which will be on display in April at the Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street.

Ellerbe's collection includes games from the 1800s, extremely rare games and some of the first games from Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley, games based on books, puzzles plus unique games and accessories never seen except by collectors. An avid collector throughout his life, Ellerbe's games and puzzles will include some of his best and most interesting items, both new and very old.

To pay homage to the exhibit and bring back some old memories for patrons, the
Main Library also will host Tuesday Board Game Night from
 6:30-8:30 p.m. for four Tuesdays in a row starting April 1st.

Participants can learn a new game or relive memories by playing an old favorite.
 All ages and skill levels are welcome with games available on the second floor for adults and teens plus games available in the first floor Children's Room for families with young children.

Ellerbe is vice president of the Association of Game and Puzzle Collectors, which will hold its 24th Annual AGPC Annual Convention April 4-6 at the Charleston Marriott. This international organization includes historians, authors and game designers dedicated to the preservation and research of games and puzzles throughout history. The convention will include speakers, workshops, an auction, game and puzzle sales plus more opportunities to learn and play board games and puzzles.

For more information about the exhibit or the upcoming game nights hosted by Charleston County Public Library, call (843) 805-6930. For more information on the Association of Game and Puzzle Collectors, visit www.agpc.org.