Photo courtesy of city of Chandler
Chandler Public Library held a grand opening for the new Book & Board Lounge on Thursday, April 27. The event, open to community members of all ages, took place at the Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St. Mayor Kevin Hartke and special dignitaries gathered for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony and opening remarks.
Funded by a grant from the Friends of Chandler Public Library and supported by the Library’s Board, the Book & Board Lounge is situated on the first floor of the Downtown Library. The space features reading nooks, game tables, a gaming console, and a private game room available for reservation. With over 150 board games and 30 digital games to choose from, visitors can enjoy both classic favorites and new gaming experiences.
Library Branch Manager Susan Van Horne, says of the lounge’s inclusive atmosphere: “Whether you’re a novice and never played a game before or an expert level connoisseur, we can guarantee we have something for you.” The library’s game collection will be available for patrons to use and check out.
In addition to games, the Book & Board Lounge offers coffee, soda, and snacks for purchase, with proceeds supporting library programs. Library Manager Rachelle Kuzyk emphasizes the community-building aspect of the new space, staying that “board games have the incredible power to bring people together.”
Initially, the Book & Board Lounge hours follow the same schedule as the library. For more information, call 480-782-2800 or visit chandlerlibrary.org.