Ultimate Library Games Part I


All work and no play can really bring a person down. But if you’ve got no time in your study schedule to escape the dark dredges of Olin, you can try your hand at one of these unique games specially designed for playing within the confines of a library! Some are dangerous, disrespectful, and flat-out dumb– but no risk, no reward, amirite?*

Bound-Periodical Bolt

Genre: Action

Players: 1-2

Location: SpaceSaver Bookshelves in Chalmers Basement

Description: Embrace your inner Indiana Jones in this adrenaline fueled test of agility! After disabling both the Aisle-Entry and Zero Force Sensors on the moving bookshelves (either with tiny mirrors or a crowbar), press the “open next aisle” button and run between them as quickly as you can without getting your entire body crushed between heavy metal shelves and rock hard copies of  old encyclopedias.

Librarian’s Quest: Dewey or Die

Genre: Adventure/Strategy

Players: 2-4

Location: All of Olin

Description: Equipped with nothing but Birkenstocks and a vague understanding of the Dewey Decimal System, you have only three minutes to completely re-shelve a pile of books hand-picked by your competitor. If you drop an encyclopedia on your toe, suck it up– any noise out of your mouth is grounds for instant disqualification!

Reading Roulette

Genre: Gambling/Chance

Location: William P. Reeves Study Room (next to Circulation Desk)

Players: 4+

Description: Make money while learning about the laws inertia at the same time! Secure one of those desks with the spinning whiteboard centers and place a heavy book in the middle. Place your bets, and then spin the platform like crazy until the book on top of it flies off and slugs one of the players in the stomach. Aside from bleeding internally, that player is also disqualified. The last (wo)man standing wins all of the money in the pot. The winner can then take the money and run, or offer to pay for the other three players’ medical bills.

* The Thrill in no endorses the actual playing of any of these games…

2 responses

  1. Like the title “Dewey or Die”. Technically, though, if you’re wandering around Olin wondering why the numbers don’t look even a little like like the ones in your high school or public library did, it’s because Kenyon uses Library of Congress numbers, not Dewey.

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