Have you played the party game, Telephone, when you whisper a phrase to the person next to you, and the phrase is passed around the circle until the last person announces what is usually a different phrase than what they heard? On Saturday, November 16, 2013 as part of International Games Day the Bridgeport Public Library Burroughs & Saden Main branch, did just that, only bigger!
The phrase which started in Australia, with “Playing games is great fun” passed from person to person and library to library in the Global Gossip Game. The game finished in Alaska over 24 hours later with the phrase “Clouds travel around the world”.
The GGG came through the Bridgeport Public Library downtown at 3:30 p.m. with the phrase“ I love to road” from the Richmond Public Library in Richmond VA. During twenty minutes of play the secret phrase travelled through seventeen patrons and staff of all ages. It ended with “I love the world” Bridgeport Librarian Nancy Sweeney passed on this phrase around 3:50 to the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepard Park Library in Washington DC.
The Library hosted a variety of gaming opportunities before the “gossip” began. Free play throughout the day featured chess, giant checkers, and fun new games donated by our sponsors: Square Shooters, USAopoly, and Yu-Gi-Oh!