Back in my day, families enjoyed playing board games at the kitchen table. For those of you who recall the ’60s and ’70s, I’m sure you had a favorite Milton Bradley or Hasbro game. My family, cousins, aunts and uncles and friends all had the game of “Trouble.” You know, the one with the plastic “Pop-O-Matic” bubble over a single die in the center of the board. Boy, how un-groovy were we?
My older cousin Andrea also had “Mystery Date,” the ultimate cool-girl game. On your turn, you would spin the handle and open the white plastic door on the game board. You would always hope for the cute, clean-cut guy. The five possible dates featured the “formal dance” date in a tux, the “beach” date, the “bowling” date, the “skiing” date (so dreamy) and the “dud.”
I always seemed to open the door to the dud — the dirty, unshaven guy with the tousled hair and wrinkled attire. The dud has also seemed to follow me around throughout my life ... haha.
Thanks to the digital world you can now play classic board games online. But really, it’s not the same experience.
The Nashua Public Library is feeling a bit nostalgic for some good clean family fun, so mark this one down for Saturday, Oct. 6. The NPL at 2 Court St. is hosting Board Game Day from noon to 4 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room.
That sounds like a fun event for the community. It’s free, and the library says it will provide plenty of well-known classic games to choose from. You can also bring one of your favorites to play. It’s a wonderful way to meet new people, have a few laughs and see how your game-playing skills match up to others.
And maybe “Trump: The Game” (there is such a Milton Bradley board game), will show up at the NPL event. You never know. The game’s premise involves three to four players who must buy and sell various properties in an effort to make money. And please, “no collusion” if playing this one.
There’s another major happening at the Nashua Library on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. Our friend, Carol Luers Eyman, the Outreach Coordinator at NPL, tells me that New York Times bestselling author David Grann will speak about his latest book and sign copies. Grann is the author of “Killers of the Flower Moon,” the 2018 selection of the Nashua Reads: One City, One Book program. His popular book remained on the NY Times Best Sellers list for 26 weeks in 2017.
It’s the true crime story of 1920s Oklahoma and the killing spree that targeted the Osage Indian tribe after they found oil on their lands. The movie that is based on the “Killers of the Flower Moon” book was said to be in production and starring Leonardo DiCaprio with Martin Scorsese as director. Robert DeNiro was also rumored to be playing a lead role. The release date has yet to be announced, but some sources now say it will be in 2019.
The speaking event is being hosted by the Friends of the Nashua Public Library and the Ella Anderson Trust. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets are available at mktix.com/npl and at the library’s front desk.
Our nation’s public libraries have become more than handy physical reference centers and continue to evolve for children and young adults.
Nashua’s Public Library is a fine place and offers a variety of services, classes and a welcome social space.
Ms. Stylianos is a Nashua native. Her column is published weekly. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.