All aboard the City Library's Gaming Express!

Newcastle Libraries staff pictured amongst the new collection of board games that people will be able to play
Pictured left to right: Holly Wagstaff, Andrew Venus (front, blue shirt) and Patrick Stringer.

In this day and age of fast-paced electronic gaming, the more traditional board games are making a welcomed come back with a little help from Newcastle Libraries Service.

After the success of International Gaming Week at the end of last year, the staff at Newcastle Libraries wanted to build on that momentum and create homage to the board game.

On Sunday 25 February 2018, City Library will host a free event, where people can come along and play to their heart’s content. All Aboard will cater for a wide range of tastes from character-based games through to something that challenges your opponent. #AllAboardNCLGaming

All Aboard is a fun and friendly way for the library to launch its new collection of games including Catan, Skull, Pandemic, Codenames and Cosmic Encounter. The event also signals the start of a new gaming lending programme, where people can borrow the titles, for free, much like they would a book for up to two weeks with a valid Newcastle Libraries account.

Cllr Kim McGuiness, cabinet member for culture and communities at Newcastle City Council, said:

“The staff at Newcastle Libraries have recognised the appeal and attraction of the traditional board game and the fact that they are very popular with residents. The massive success of recent events has resulted in the creation of All Aboard and our new board game lending scheme. This is great news for people already playing board games regularly but will also attract new audiences and lenders to the library who want to give it a try. It’s perfect for friends and families and gives the opportunity to play both tradition and the latest games.  

“We have witnessed a great sense of community generated by the board games, which is perfect because the whole purpose of our libraries is to build and provide spaces for our communities. We hope that events like All Abroad will bring about a whole new generation of library users, who might trade the console for the dice shaker.”

All Aboard takes place on Sunday 25 February between 11am and 3.30pm in the Bewick Hall of Newcastle’s City Library (33 New Bridge Street West, NE1 8AX).

An Eventbrite page has been set up by Newcastle Libraries for people to register their interest in the event - - but this is a free drop-in event that means no booking or tickets are required. People of all ages are welcome.

You can learn more about events being staged in libraries across the city by visiting or on Twitter via @ToonLibraries.

People can follow Newcastle City Council on its various social media channels @NewcastleCityCouncil (Facebook) and on @NewcastleCC (Twitter).