Ethics & Dragons

A partnership with Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Libraries

The Cincinnati Ethics Center (CEC), in partnership with the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Libraries (CHPL), is proud to present a core program for kids ages 11-18. The Ethics & Dragons (E&D) program combines the traditional tabletop role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), with philosophical and moral reasoning concepts in the context of a game.

Through gamified discussion, decision making, and group reflection students develop key abilities like:

  1. Asking thoughtful questions about the world, 
  2. An awareness of multiple perspectives on issues,
  3. Reasoning skills 

The best part is that the students are so distracted having fun and learning how to play D&D that they have no idea that they are developing these crucial skills. 

Spring 2024 Calendar

January 22 – April 14 *

Avondale Public LibraryMondays4:30-6:30pm
Westwood Public LibraryMondays5:00-7:00pm
Anderson Public LibraryWednesdays5:00-7:00pm
Reading Public LibraryThursdays3:30-5:30pm
Groesbeck Public LibrarySaturdays2:00-4:00pm

* Ethics & Dragons will not be held week of March 11-17 and March 25-31.

Building a sense of community takes time and shared history. Making friends can be difficult at a young age but participating in the Ethics & Dragons program makes it easier. Based on observation, we have seen introverted kids bloom like a flower given MiracleGro. Other kids bring their friends along and deepen their preexisting connection. 

No matter the circumstances, we strive to create a safe space for kids to have fun, learn how to play D&D, and stretch their reasoning skills. Therefore, any child who participates in three of our adventure sessions at any library will earn an ECLUB T-shirt.

Picture of participants wearing their EClub shirt Avondale .
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