If you want to attend Games Day, there are some rules you need to follow--not for games, but for your own real-world behavior! We have been using the community room at the Los Altos library for 15 years now, with very few problems and with great support from the library staff. If everyone at Games Day follows these rules, we can stay in the good graces of the staff and keep holding Games Day at this superb location.
Why? Because we gamers tend to stay at the library most or all of the day, and if our cars take up the spaces next to the library all that time it's inconvenient for people who are just making a quick trip to the library.
Why not prop the doors open? There is stuff in the lobby (like the food cart for the library cafe) that the library staff does not want to be left unlocked, and leaving the door open messes with the heating and A/C.
Why? Because we have reserved only the community room for our use. A lot of other people use the lobby, especially the tables, and gaming on those tables makes them unavailable for others for too long a time.
This means that if the following happens:
Then you have to let them use your table. This is true even if you have pre-arranged to start your game at a particular time with a particular set of players.
Why? This makes the best use of available table space. In addition, to use the room, we must keep the meetings totally open to the public. If someone walks in and wants to play a game, we can't turn them away if there is still available table space.
The best way to make sure you have table space to play your game is to start it early.
Why? We are, after all, meeting in a library.
We may bring meal-type food into the library, but we must eat it out in the lobby (which has tables and chairs for this purpose). We are of course responsible for cleaning up any food or drink that gets on the tables or floor. Fortunately it's a tile floor, so it's much easier to clean up than the carpet in the community room. And we have to put all litter in the trash cans.
Alcoholic drinks are explicitly prohibited in the community room, so don't bring any to Games Day. If you see somebody at Games Day with alcohol, tell them to dispose of it outside immediately. If they don't, tell Dave E or Dave K.
Don't let the trashcan inside the community room overflow: if it's full or nearly full, and you need to throw something away, then throw your stuff away in one of the bigger trashcans in the lobby or just outside the library. Better yet, be a good citizen and empty the trashcan into one of the outside trashcans, and then put a new empty bag into it. There are usually new bags at the bottom, underneath the bag that's currently in use.
Here is a sign to put near the entrance to remind people of their responsibility.
Here is a sign to put near the trashcan.
Why? The community room may only be used for non-commercial purposes.
Why? Let's teach good manners to the next generation of gamers!
Here are the official library rules for using the community room. Gamers like rules, so you should read these too!
Last updated November 18 6, 2016 by Dave K.