GOAT Games With the Fam According to BCPL Staff

Although this year’s Thanksgiving plans may not follow tradition, one tradition stays the same…crushing your family in a fun family game night! There are an endless number of entertaining board games from Candy Land to Balderdash.  Here are some of the favorites according to BCPL staff!


Lisa Sensale, Youth Service Manager-Outreach, has found Pop! The Pig to be a family favorite. Her kids (ages 2 and 4) both enjoy playing, but for very different reasons. Her youngest likes feeding the pig and the oldest, of course, loves winning.  For Lisa, she just loves that they can all play together!

Barbara Hill, Member of the Library Board, suggests Dominoes for young players. Barbara and her 7 grandchildren are big on playing games. It is something special when everyone agrees on a game, but when it comes to Dominoes, there is no opposition! It is a great game to teach young kids as the rules are simple, and kids enjoy it.


Carrie Herrmann, Library Director, recommends Seven Wonders, a good historical card game. The goal is to build ancient structures, from the Great Pyramid at Giza to a Roman Temple to the Great Wall of China. You will need lots of table room as you build societies and fight wars. The game is great for ages 10 to 100 and keeps all players entertained.

Sheila Riehemann and Nadine Swinford, Circulation Assistants, recommend Rummy or Gin Rummy for adults.  Sheila says that the game is very competitive and has many adults accusing each other of cheating by the end. Nadine remembers, “My family used to get together one night a week to play Rummy and make milkshakes. We’re all very competitive and the games would get really intense.”  But truthfully, any card game is a good card game!

Jennifer Cheek, Public Relations, cannot pick just one game as there are so many her family enjoys.  The top pick for this week is Code Names which somehow manages to create so much laughter because of the single word clues. Taboo is the ole’ stand-by and most of the pleasure comes from holding the buzzer!  Jennifer’s favorite game to play with her kids when they were young was Life, but her son hated the game because he didn’t want to get married!  Sequence and Clue are also family favorites.

Deanna Pina, Teen Librarian, recommends Among Us and Jackbox Games for an electronic game night. Among Us is a great way of connecting with anyone, anywhere, and being able to play a fun game even in quarantine. It is a social deduction game that teaches, yet challenges, trust in a group. You can play it on your phone or computer for $5; cross play is allowed so if you play on your phone you can still play with people that are using a computer. Jackbox Games has a variety of games to choose from that are run on a TV and answers or responses to questions are submitted using your device to appear on the screen. D’s favorite game to play on Jackbox is Mad Rhyme City, a rapping mad-lib game that pits you against your family and friends. D says she loves winning with her rhymes that are silly and nice!


Lia Sansoucy, Public Services Assistant, recommends Killer Bunnies, also a great game for teens.  She notes that the game is not suitable for younger children; it has a bit of morbid humor that could be traumatizing. The goal is to collect the winning carrot- which is not decided until the end of the game. Therefore, you need to get as many carrots as possible, while thwarting other players by killing off their bunnies. Some cards are funny such as having a single bunny run over by an ice cream truck or things like that, while others are like a nuclear bomb where all the bunnies on the table get taken out – even the person playing that card.


You couldn’t possibly have a family game night without the classics. Kevin Wadlow, Reference Librarian, and his family can’t stay away from Monopoly. Candace Clarke, Youth Services Associate, recommends UNO. Emily Sexton, Public Relations Specialist, enjoys playing 21 questions. Taylor Rasor, Youth Services Associate, likes Bananagrams. Ginger Stapp, Early Literacy Specialist, likes a good old fashion jigsaw puzzle.

These are some of our favorites!  What are some of yours?


Amy Hendrix is a teen intern at Boone County Public Library, a senior at Ignite Institute, a nature enthusiast, and the best water skier she knows!

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month – Chapter Books for Children

Native American Heritage Month was established in 1990 as a time to celebrate and recognize Native Americans’ numerous contributions to the United States of America. Over the last few years, we’ve seen a large number of books being published that are written and illustrated by Indigenous people, and we’d love to see these #OwnVoices titles get a bit more love. Here are a few chapter books for children to check out!

Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManus with Traci Sorell

When Regina Petit’s family finds out that the federal government has determined that her tribe no longer exists, her father decides to move the family to Los Angeles. Once they relocate, Regina tries to understand her identity while being so far away from home. This book is great for anyone who loves historical fiction.

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III

While Jimmy spends his summer on a journey with his grandfather, his grandfather shares the story of Crazy Horse. As the book switches from the life of Crazy Horse to Jimmy and his summer, Jimmy begins to understanding more about his family history. A must read for those who like fiction that incorporates nonfiction elements.

I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day

Edie always knew that her mom was adopted, but is curious about her Native American heritage. One day, she discovers a box that has letters with photos of a woman that looks just like her. Armed with all these questions about her heritage, she now wants to discover as much as she can.  This book delves into the feelings that can arise when you are not connected to a portion of your heritage and the journey to learn more.

Continue celebrating Native American Heritage Month with the following:

Board Books & Picture Books

Nonfiction for Children

Teen and Young Teen


For additional titles, ask your friendly neighborhood librarian, or check out this great resources page from the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition.


Written by Pamela Jayne
Youth Services Librarian