Friday, April 5, 2013

Chess + Library = Big Brain

With study after study touting chess playing with an increase in cognitive and social skills in children- it seems chess is in the equation. That’s the kind of news that gets us excited and springs the library into action! We are delighted to introduce our newest offering (thanks to funding by the Friends of the Library): a library family chess club, Chess Mates! The club will meet the first Saturday of September through May, no registration required. Next one is tomorrow, April 6th from, 1:30-2:30 pm.  Instructors from CheckMatesUSA will be present to teach chess at all ages and skill levels but a basic understanding of chess is required.  Chess for the family allows parents and siblings to enjoy brain boosting benefits of chess too.

In May, we are having a Beginner Chess Workshop, a 3 consecutive Saturday afternoon series for children who would like to learn how to start playing chess. Visit the Events calendar or call the Youth Services Desk  847-376-2839 for more information on any chess program. We hope to see you here!

Brain abilities and other benefits of playing chess at Des Plaines Public Library
  • Memory skills
  • Exercises and develops of various parts of the brain
  • Problem solving
  • Concentration, planning, strategizing
  • Creativity
  • Reading skills
  • Social skills
  • Communication/ sportsmanship
  • Self confidence/ self worth / coping skills

Here are some links to studies on chess and the brain! 

Note: Above blog image source: http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com/

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