Gaming in Libraries in the News

With the beginning of summer approaching, I’m anticipating a lot of gaming programs in libraries. Here are a few to start that are in the news:

Southern Oaks (OK) Public Library  is kicking off the summer with a Teen Summer Game Fest. Teen Specialist John Hilbert notes that “It’s a great chance for teens to come to the library, meet friends and play games, and then check out some books.”

Video Game Design 101 is the kickoff program for Mesa (AZ) Public Library’s summer.  “The topic (video gaming) is such a cutting edge one, and not only promises a fascinating and fun evening for some of our younger patrons, but also a very informative one,” says Young Adult Librarian, Robert Dana. The class is a partnership with Mesa Community College.

Playing video games for free starting in July at the Cumberland (RI) Public Library will give teens one more reason to visit. Jennifer Beiermann, coordinator of young adult programming says, “Video game events at libraries have become commonplace in other states in the region, but, so far, not in Rhode Island.”

Davenport (IA) Public Library is going to have a Teen Gaming Challenge to kick off their summer reading program. DDR, Guitar Hero, and Rock Band will be part of the festivities.

And not particular to summer:

Teen Tuesday in May will host Game On where teens can play the Wii and Guitar Hero at the  Rock Road branch of the St. Louis (MO) County Library.