Library Bingo Games – Fiction, Non-Fiction, Decimal and Reference

Feeling bored? Wanting to create new and easy to play bingo games which will not only have you experience bursts of fun and enjoy yourself, but at the same time also help in learning new library skills? These bingo games can be used as a pure personal fun between mates, while waiting in line to use the internet or if you are bored and have nothing else to do.

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Library Bingo Games

Before you head to the library, type in a 5 x 5 table on a piece of card or on the computer, and in the spaces write in words as fiction, non-fiction, reference, poetry , short stories, Dewey decimal system. These are the common jargon used when working or anything to do with the library. Make sure though that when you are typing up the words on the cards, you do not print out the same list so that when it comes to calling out the bingo cards , there is no possibility to have more than one winner.

To make it more relevant to libraries , instead of shouting bingo when you have completed your library bingo games card (as libraries are supposed to be a quiet place), why not have some silly fun and shout Shhhhhhhhh!. If the librarians are cool, then you shouldn’t get into trouble but don’t do this if the libraries near you is filled with old-biddies and librarians that match your stereotypical cast as they might actually Shhhh you back and have you removed.

The other way that one might play the library bingo games are that if you are working in the library and running a school visit session for the children, is that to help them find their way around the library, become more familiar with the library terminology and also by playing the library bingo games. It is a fun and interactive activity for the children, and all you have to do is to make sure that the activities you use will hold their attention.

When coming up with the library terminology for your library bingo games , use words that the children are more familiar with e.g. Author , Illustrator, Non-Fiction , Spine Labels, Fairy Tales etc. Make sure that when you print the cards , they are different as you don’t want every single child winning the first bingo game.

To make the game more challenging, when you call out the library bingo games calling cards,  have the children tell something about it e.g. Author – What is an Author? Or Fiction – What is fiction and where can you find it? , Fairy Tales – Can you name a fairy tale? This way the library bingo game will also get the children thinking about what they have learnt on the different visits and enhancing their own knowledge of items and terminology used.

As prizes, you can always give the children free book vouchers which will allow them to receive a free Top Title DVD or pay items from the library. Other prizes can be free books, stationary etc. as most libraries have a prize cupboard which they keep on hand for holiday program competition winners.

So next time you are headed to your local library and you’re not one to just sit there and wait patiently for your time to go on the internet –why not take along your library bingo cards and have some fun or if you are running a school visit and have a group of children coming in, then turn learning and the library into a fun and exciting environment by preparing a game of library bingo and even better you can make it suited to your very own library and children. So players, on your marks – ready, set, go – SHHHHHH !!!!!! With Library Bingo.

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Gary Beal

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