The Batavia Public Library is playing games this summer - and they're getting away with it.
Games are part of the library's annual eight-week Summer Reading Club for adults, teens and children.
This year's theme is "Get in the Game, READ!" In addition to promoting reading for all ages, the library also is offering a variety of activities for children and adults, including chess.
"People of all ages enjoy playing chess and people of all ages visit the library," said Joanne Zillman, head of Youth Services at the library. "We thought, 'Why not get kids, teens and adults together to play a game that would encourage interaction among the generations?' This is a mentoring opportunity for adults and teens that enjoy playing chess and would like to share their knowledge and skill with someone just learning the game."
"Chess Knights" will be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 5 at the library, 10 S. Batavia Ave.
Participants may attend as many game nights as they'd like. Tables will be set up in different areas on the library's lower level, including the outdoor Reading Garden, weather permitting. Players are welcome to bring a friend or relative, or they may come alone. Library staff will make sure everyone who wants to play has an opponent.
Participants may bring their own chess set, or use one provided by the library. The program is free and registration is not required.
"After July 4, the library will host a chess tournament with prizes. Tournament play is optional," Zillman said. Tournament information will be available at the end of June. For details, call (630) 879-4775.