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DIGITAL RESOURCES CLASS CLASS 3 OF 7 IN THE FUNDAMENTAL


DIGITAL LITERACY SKILLS PROGRAM OFFERED VIRTUALLY VIA ZOOM


Libraries are more than just books on shelves! Join this free class to learn about what digital resources the library has to offer you and how to access them. In addition, we will look at basic and advanced search strategies for Internet search engines and databases, to help you find what you are looking for.


Visit


https://chinookarch.ca/events to find a Zoom class held by your local library.


Registration with an email address is required. Registration closes 2 days prior to the event date. Following this date participants will receive an email invitation to the meeting.


For more information, please contact your local library.


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Games, streaming and conquering boredom during COVID-19 — oh my!


“We’re a very social species.We like being with each other,”said Chase Young, general manager of Games Galore and the Billiard Store, located at Park Place Mall in Lethbridge.“Playing games definitely helps with that and gives you something to do, while you’re socializing.” But, things have changed — while being social has underwent an overhaul


BY STAN ASHBEE insight magazine


(for the time being).During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and stay-at- home recommendations, families have been cooped up, nestled in and have been somewhat forced into co-habitation — however one wants to label it. Young and old have turned to the Inter-web to pass the time. Some have signed up for online classes to learn a new skill, others watch YouTube for a wide-assortment of DIY videos, there’s virtual concerts and Zoom meets and greets. Families have changed the way they socialize. Together or individually, family members continue to saunter on with hob-


bies, online exercise programs, outdoor walks and the like.Oh yeah, and fami- lies binge-watch copious amounts of streamed content from a smorgasbord of services, including Netflix,Amazon Prime,Disney Plus and Apple TV. In between, never-ending hours of top-notch, quality television families also have turned to their cupboards and storage spaces to dust off some old family friends — Operation, Perfection,Trouble, Sorry,the Game of Life,Monopoly, Uno, crib, chess,Yahtzee,Twister and the list goes on and on. Boardgames rock! And their resurrection can be attributed to the current


state of affairs from coast-to-coast and across the globe. But, trends in the boardgames industry have switched gears to evolve and adapt with the pan- demic. “Boardgames,have definitely switched a lot.At Christmas and during this time of year, there’s usually a bigger focus on party games — but with the lack of social interaction, and people not being able to visit friends and family, the industry is definitely switching more to the family game style,”noted Young, adding customers are currently looking for games specifically family-friendly and easy to play. Another industry reaping the benefits of at-home isolation and an old fami-


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ly-favourite are puzzles.“The puzzle industry is definitely seeing leaps and bounds and demand since COVID started,” says Young. Young explained the store has a few suppliers who have been reporting a 500 per cent increase in puzzle demand, globally.


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