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Bloomingdale Public Library offers 'Senior Games'

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  • Gene Carsello, left, tries his hand at Wii bowling, assisted by Reference Librarian Merril Tlusty. Carsello and other senior citizens gather the second Thursday of every month at the Bloomingdale Public Library to socialize and play a variety of video and board games as part of a free program called the Senior Games.

       Gene Carsello, left, tries his hand at Wii bowling, assisted by Reference Librarian Merril Tlusty. Carsello and other senior citizens gather the second Thursday of every month at the Bloomingdale Public Library to socialize and play a variety of video and board games as part of a free program called the Senior Games.
    Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • Super Scrabble is one of the more popular board games enjoyed by the senior citizens at the Bloomingdale Public Library's Senior Games. From left are Gene Carsello, Library Reference Assistant Brenda Levin, Karen Paras and Maureen Dolis.

       Super Scrabble is one of the more popular board games enjoyed by the senior citizens at the Bloomingdale Public Library's Senior Games. From left are Gene Carsello, Library Reference Assistant Brenda Levin, Karen Paras and Maureen Dolis.
    Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

 
 

Old-fashioned board games have not lost their appeal for a group of senior citizens who meet monthly at the Bloomingdale Public Library to participate in the Senior Games program.

Karen Paras said she's been coming regularly "because no one else plays board games."

"Everybody (else) is on their little iPad doing their own individual little thing," she said.

Maureen Dolis agreed. "They play on the computer," she said.

Gene Carsello, who participated in Thursday's program, said he'll probably work the monthly gaming sessions into his routine, which includes daily visits to the health club in the mornings and the library every afternoon. "I love the library," he said.

Reference Librarian Merril Tlusty said all seniors are welcome at 2 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month to play board games, chess or checkers.

And, yes, participants also can try their hands at a variety of video games.

Refreshments are provided and there is no charge for the program.

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