Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Play Board Games with the South Sioux City Public Library During the Million Minute Challenge

The following press release was sent to the Siouxland media this morning.
South Sioux City, Nebraska -In this fast-paced world, today’s family usually has a busy schedule that often sends each member in different directions. From work, to sporting events, to band rehearsals, families struggle to sit down and do something together for longer than a few minutes.

The South Sioux City Public Library along with Patch Products, creator of the Million Minute Family Challenge™, are determined to reverse that trend by bringing families and friends together with the 11th annual Million Minute Family Challenge. The Million Minute Family Challenge encourages interaction and communication among family and friends by setting a national goal of playing games for a total of one million minutes from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.

To help reach the one million minutes, the South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue South Sioux City, Nebraska will host a number of game nights throughout the month of September:
  • Thursday September 1 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday September 6 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • Friday September 16 from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Monday September 19 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday September 28 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
The South Sioux City Public Library encourages community members to attend their event or host one of their own!

With many people keeping a close eye on their spending habits and cutting back on vacations, movies, takeout and more, game nights are the perfect opportunity to spend valuable time with others without breaking the bank. Game nights provide a dedicated time when family and friends can get away from outside distractions and focus on enjoying each other.

“When friends or family play games together, everyone has a healthy productive and enjoyable time. Everyone benefits,” said Stevanne Auerbach, speaker, author and consultant known as Dr. Toy. “Most of all, everyone enjoys those special game times and taking things a little slower than going all the time at the speed of light.”

Last year, a total of 851 groups, clubs, classrooms, libraries and families surpassed the one million minutes goal with an impressive 1,063,129 game-playing minutes logged! Will the record be broken again this year? Give it a try and get your friends and family in on the fun. You have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain.

Families or groups interested in participating in the Million Minute Family Challenge are encouraged to visit for sign-up information, game ideas, party ideas, fun facts, irresistible snack ideas and more!

In addition to Patch Products, this year’s supporters who are helping to bring awareness to the Million Minute Family Challenge are the American Association of School Librarians and Games for Educators.

About Patch Products

Patch Products is a family-owned company, leading the toy industry in design, manufacturing and marketing of games, children’s puzzles, preschool toys, creative activities and teaching tools. Since 1985, Patch has developed high-quality, award-winning products that enrich lives by providing fun and interaction. Top-selling brands include Buzzword®, Farkle, What’s Yours Like?®, 5 Second Rule®, Take ‘N’ Play Anywhere™, 3D Sneaky Puzzles®, Bed Bugs™, Smethport™, Lauri®, Tall-Stacker™ and Wooly Willy®. As their presence grows, Patch continues to focus on innovation in building brands and creating new categories. Log on to for more information.

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