Nerdy New Year’s Resolutions

Libraries are a great place for people to go to take the first steps towards reaching their New Year’s resolutions. When we think of traditional resolutions, like losing weight, eating healthy, quitting a vice, get that dream job, and so on, libraries have resources from books, magazines, to online tutorials and support groups to help achieve those goals.

But what about the more nerdy-er resolutions? Here are some great tips to support those nerdy resolutions.

Spend more time with family

So, this one is also a traditional resolution. With how busy most people are, it can be difficult to find the time and energy to enjoy family time. Libraries can support family time by purchasing expensive, yet very popular board games for all ages to circulate. Many people are uncomfortable purchasing a $50+ game without knowing if they like it enough to replay it.

Here are three games which are fun and don’t have very many pieces to count (for ease of circulation)

Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride by Days of Wonder

Ticket To Ride

Collect cards, buy trains, complete routes. A simple game, a lot of fun and great replayability. This game is also great to learn geography and has many expansions packs for added routes and strategies.

King of Tokyo

King of Tokyo
Ticket to Ride by Days of Wonder

Kaiju Yatze is the best way to describe King of Tokyo. Every player has their own monster attacking other monsters surrounding Tokyo. Roll dice to deal damage, gather electricity to purchase special ability cards. This simple, yet fun strategy game is great for a family.

Forbidden Island
Forbidden Island  by Game Wright

Forbidden Island 

A group of explorers must collect four ancient artifacts before the island falls into the sea. How will they combat the rising waters and other disasters that await them?

Be sure to check out BoardGameGeek for more reviews, news, and information about tabletop games.

Read more!

This is always a very popular resolution for nerds and non-nerds alike. Even Mark Zuckerberg’s resolution one year was to read two books a month.

This year many amazing comic books and graphic novels made their way into the spotlight. Be sure to stock your shelves with Diamond Distribution‘s (the only single issue comic book distributor in the U.S.) bestselling graphic novels of 2015 and the New York Times bestselling graphic novels (paperback and hardcover) and manga.

Not only where their a lot of great comics, but 2015 was the year of the nerd book. From Felicia Day’s You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) to The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy  by Sam Maggs, and Nerdy Nummies Cookbook by YouTuber Rosanna Pansino, nerds, especially female nerds, got their writing on. It has been interesting to see internet based content creators, like Felicia Day, Rosanna Pansino, and PewDiePie, move into the physical publishing realm.

Give Cosplay a Shot!

Many people make resolutions revolving around completing something they’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t committed to. Cosplaying is when a person dresses up as a character from a video game, comic book, or other popular culture institution for fun. It is also a great way to explore new hobbies like sewing, knitting, and crafting in general.

Besided offering sewing and crafting classes, there are two great books I’d recommend adding to your collection.

Cosplay in Libraries: How to Embrace Costume Play in Your Library by Ellyssa Kroski. This book is filled with great programming ideas for any sized library.

1,000 Incredible Costume and Cosplay Ideas by Yaya Han, Allison DeBlaiso and Joey Marsocci. For any cosplayer, Yaya Han is the queen. Her show on SyFy and judging cosplay events at cons has made her a cosplay queen.

Write Your Story!

Many people have goals to write their story this year. And, while libraries traditionally have a lot of writing instruction books, nerdy, more marginalized forms of fiction are left out.

There are two forms of writing which are often discounted because of their content and how they are written: fan fiction and role playing games. Fan fiction is a gateway to the writing world and offers constraints for writers. Often, writers flounder because they are left unconstrained; characters, dialogues and plots wander because the author does everything they want. However, in fan fiction, writers are bound by the characters, settings, and histories already set. If you’ve got a diehard group of Harry Potter, Star Wars, or Supernatural fans, give them a time and space and resources to write. Plus, with digital publishing, it’s easier than ever to put together an eBook and host it on your library’s downloadable ebook platform.

If you’ve ever played a Role Playing Game (RPG), you know how difficult it can be to be a Game Manager (GM, DM, etc.). Not only must you use various guides to understand obstacle and monster strengths, but you must also make a compelling narrative to push the players along. The most important aspect of this type of writing is having resources availnanowrimoavailable, like player handbooks, monster guides, and a place to write.

Many librarians have heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and NaNoWriMo is a great way to foster writing in patrons. During the month of November, people write a 50,000 word novel, track their progress, get pep talks and support, and can meet other writers through the NaNoWriMo website. There is even a Library Outreach Guide to help you host your NaNoWriMo event.

What goals will you help your patrons achieve this year?