by Lisa Tome
While earning master's degree credits, North East Librarian Matt Lowder, discovered that a chess club has been meeting at a California library for centuries.
Now Lowder wants to bring that tradition to North East.
"A chess group has been meeting at a San Francisco library since the 1800s. We're a smaller branch," said Lowder.
So Lowder, who plays chess but admits that he frequently loses to his younger brother, has worked to recruit masters of the chess game to help. Hunter Barton, a local high schooler who is a ranked chess player, and Tony Mullen, teacher and chess coach at North East Middle School, will both assist during an upcoming library program.
"I enjoy playing. Chess is cross-generational. And it would get more men to the library. We want older, middle aged, and younger players," said Lowder
He also said that the skill level in chess is directly related to how often you play. He hopes to match people of similar abilities and age won't matter when the games begin.
Lowder said that the game will also give people a chance to unplug from social media for a while. "Chess requires no electricity or space," he said. But the library branch will provide both. "Put your phone on silent and play a good brain game that's been around for centuries. And enjoy the company of one another."
Learn to Play Chess will be held Monday, October 30 at 6 p.m. at the North East Branch Library. Please call 410-996-6269 to register.