If you are not familiar with the addictive game Settlers of Catan, may I suggest getting thyself to your local gaming store ASAP? The board game challenges players to settle a new land with the building blocks of wood, sheep, brick, and ore. It’s popularity has spawned expansion packs and themed-versions. Now it’s popularity has spawned a cookbook and holiday, courtesy of Chris Rachael Oseland, author of Dining with the Doctor. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate holidays at your library and/or appeal to gamers, consider a Catansgiving celebration.
Oseland has even created printables for use in celebrations and offers ideas for including kids. If using the cookbook seems impractical, the key to a successful celebration is hexagonal. Program attendees could cut paper plates into the appropriate hexagonal shape, which mimics the pieces of the board. Use the cookbook to serve food that corresponds to wood, sheep, brick, ore, and water. Or work with your TAB to come up with food ideas. What’s so awesome is that you can make this as simple or as complex as you desire.
International Games Day at your Library is coming November 16. It’s not too late to adopt Catansgiving for your celebration.
If you decide to host a Catansgiving at your library, please share your experiences and photos with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy gaming and happy hexagonal eating!