Monopoly; the game of trading and the fast-paced world of real estate. Entering its 80th year in the game board market, Monopoly is licensed in 103 countries, available in 37 languages, and more than 275 million copies have been sold worldwide. To win the game, a player must have complete domination in the market over the other players, usually through bankrupting others.
The illustrious Monopoly has a deeper history then the 80 years claimed by owner Hasbro. It is argued that the game was originally created by Elizabeth Magie. She had created a Landlord's Game in 1903 as a way to protest against American moguls. This is in opposition to Charles Darrow who has been accredited of having invented Monopoly in the 1930s and selling it to Parker Brothers. Find out more in this article or Mary Pilon's new book, Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game.
There are many ways to spend this March Break with your family. If you are interested in getting out of the cold, here are some great books on board game fun for the family.
There are also many opportunities to play board games at the library. We have programs for all ages. Board games can offer many life lessons, such as patience, diplomacy, and negotiation as children engage with their family and friends.
In addition to being able to borrow board games at select libraries, there are also chances to visit cafes and pubs across Toronto for a time and place to dominate your opponents or to have a friendly match:
600 Bloor Street West , Toronto
454 Spadina Street , Toronto
10A Edward Street , Toronto
488 College Street , Toronto
479 Broadview Avenue , Toronto