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Dragons invade libraries

07/07/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Coming soon to a public library near you, wicked orc hordes and ice dragons.

Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), a publisher of fantasy fiction and the fantasy roleplaying game DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, will be offering librarians and educators a chance to take teens on an adventure of a lifetime.

AFTERNOON ADVENTURES WITH DUNGEONS & DRAGONS(tm) will provide librarians with the tools to create engaging fantasy-themed programming for patrons ages 12 and up.

Inspired by the experiences of educators who regularly play D&D with teens, this new program offers a creative, social and educational supplement to traditional library activities. A limited supply of free AFTERNOON ADVENTURES WITH DUNGEONS & DRAGONS programs will be available to educators through the mail beginning this June.

In the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS game, players assume the persona of fantasy characters and pursue magical adventures, confronting and solving problems using strategic thinking and teamwork. For three decades, D&D has appealed to an ever-increasing population of fans for its emphasis on imagination and storytelling over competition.

"I started offering D&D gaming sessions in my library several years ago, with amazing results. It's a fun, friendly, imaginative game that really stirs creativity and teaches crucial problem-solving skills. D&D lets teens collaborate on a common goal in a way that is rare today," said Nikol Price, librarian at the Glendale Public Library in Glendale, Arizona. "Best of all, teens who weren't library users before playing D&D started to use the library to check out rulebooks and fantasy novels."

The AFTERNOON ADVENTURES WITH DUNGEONS & DRAGONS program includes a DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Basic Game (a $24.99 value), instructions for hosting regular D&D group sessions in the library, a guide to how D&D can encourage library use, recommended reading lists, and other practical resources.

Librarians may request the kit by emailing libraries@wizards.com.

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