More than a dozen Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh and Beyblade Club members met to trade and duel Saturday afternoon at Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Library.

Club members like Nielson Bee, 14, bring their own items to battle and trade with others every week.

“(It’s) fun to play and meet others who play also,” Nielson said Saturday.

The Harker Heights club began in 2005 with Yu-Gi-Oh and then Pokemon was quickly added. Beyblade was added a year and a half ago, Library Director Lisa Youngblood said.

“The library is excited to be able to offer this program. We are trying to keep up with the gaming interests of our patrons,” she said.

Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh and Beyblade trading card games have grown in popularity over the years. Players can collect, trade and battle with their cards, and each game varies in how points are scored and opponents are defeated.

Starter decks help beginners learn the basics of the games. More experienced players can compete in tournaments held all over the world.

The games allow players to create their own collections and develop changing strategies.

“Not only is it enticing to kids and teens, but it also provides them with opportunities to practice upper-level thinking skills,” Youngblood said.

Dionne Ellis of Harker Heights brings her daughter every week to play and trade.

“Sometimes she even helps with the rules and trading,” Ellis said.

The club is open to everyone ages 10 and up. Meetings are from 1 to 3 p.m. every Saturday in the library’s activity room, 401 Indian Trail, Harker Heights.

For more information, call 254-953-5491.

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