March 25, 2008

More Positive Press about Gaming in Libraries

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  • Inland Libraries Bringing in Video Games as Part of Teen Offerings

    “At the Fontana Branch Library, teen librarian Mike Jimenez formed a video game club that draws up to 50 players every Thursday. A new, soon-to-open library will host gaming tournaments run on a 26-computer network in the teen area, he said.
    Alicia Doktor, who is in charge of the teen services at Riverside Public Library, said the comic book-formatted graphic novels are strategically placed under the plasma screen to lure prospective readers. ‘Most of the time they’ll check out a book,’ she said.
    Rosas, a senior at Riverside’s North High, drives downtown to the library every day after school. Besides coming to check MySpace, he reads fiction, especially the short stories of Larry Brown. But at 3:15 p.m. Tuesdays, he’s ready to take on Guitar Hero. ” [The Press Enterprise]

  • Idaho Turns to Chess as Education Strategy

    “Mrs. McCoy does not do this because she is passionate about chess; she barely knew how to play before this school year. But she began teaching it as part of an unusual pilot program under way in more than 100 second- and third-grade classrooms across Idaho.
    On Thursday, state officials will announce in Boise that the program will be extended in the fall to all second and third graders — making Idaho the first state to offer a statewide chess curriculum….
    There are no studies showing that teaching chess has benefits for children, but there is anecdotal evidence, Mr. Luna said.
    ‘One of the things that we hear is that too much of what we do is based on rote memorization,’ Mr. Luna said. ‘The part I really like about this program is that kids are thinking ahead.’…
    Some of the benefits of the program, Mrs. McCoy said, came in unexpected areas.
    ‘I actually have one student who is originally from Russia and two Hispanic students who have limited English skills, and chess kind of leveled the playing field, and it kind of helped their self-esteem issues,’ she said. ” [New York Times]

  • Taking Play Seriously at the Public Library With Young Video Gamers

    “And you thought libraries were supposed to be quiet. Not on Friday.
    Under the Beaux-Arts arches of Astor Hall at the New York Public Library’s flagship building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, thumping hard-rock beats mixed with tennis-ball thwacks and the screech of burning tires late Friday afternoon, as the library showed off the latest addition to its collections of books, films, music and maps: video games….
    ‘What we’re seeing is that in addition to simply helping bring kids into the library in the first place, games are having a broader effect on players, and they have the potential to be a great teaching tool,’ Mr. [Jack] Martin said. ‘If a kid takes a test and fails, that’s it. But in a game, if you fail you get to take what you’ve learned and try again.’
    ‘In a lot of these games you have to understand the rules, you have to understand the game’s world, its story. For some games you have to understand its history and the characters in order to play effectively.’…
    Across the hall, Radhames Saldivar, 16, a 10th grader from upper Manhattan, ripped through a blistering rendition of Heart’s ‘Barracuda’ on Guitar Hero III. Afterward he said: ‘I never thought I’d see this happen. I might have to check out the library some more.’
    A few feet away, Carlos Rivera, 16, said he helped organize the regular Friday afternoon game sessions at the Jefferson Market library branch in Greenwich Village.
    ‘I thought a library was just for books, just for studying, just for a lot of things I don’t normally do,’ he said. ‘But when I found out the library was starting to have games it was great, because it’s really good to hear that the library is paying more attention to the youth and what we’re into.’
    He paused. ‘And it’s also good because I can just say to my parents, ‘I’m going to the library.’ ‘ ” [New York Times

  • Check out this video of a gaming tournament at the Johnson County Library, in which librarian Chris Koppenhavor talks about the benefits of gaming. Go JoCo, my childhood library system!


  1. Forest Park Library in IL also recently received some great press in the local paper on video game tournaments. Library Card Doubles as Tournament Ticket:

    Comment by Kate — March 26, 2008 @ 4:43 pm

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  3. Hey
    That was a nice post.
    Like the way you wrote.
    Online games have been expanding like wildfire lately.
    Plethoras of gaming website coming up lately are a testimony to this.
    However as a core gamer, I found many of them missing the depth.
    Of the many WATGame was the one that caught my attention. Clearly written by a passionate gamer, the articles had that distinctive feel to them.
    I would like to know of any more that you would like to suggest on such topics.
    Happy Writing!

    Comment by ashi — March 27, 2008 @ 1:31 am

  4. Anything that gets kids into libraries these days is a good idea. If more people think of libraries of a resource and less than just a place of holding books, maybe kids will be more apt to come, read and learn.

    Comment by Video Tournaments Gamer — March 27, 2008 @ 11:39 pm

  5. I agree that getting folks in the library will be good in the long run. The library of today is indeed a tool for all sorts of learning–not just print.

    Comment by melissa — March 30, 2008 @ 5:25 pm

  6. its absolutely fantastic to see gaming come up in such a big seems to be picking up steam by the hour..kudos to all the guys trying to give gaming the credit it deserves…check out this crazy webseries i found on a local gaming guild…it just won the youtube and yahoo awards for best webseries 2007
    really funny

    Comment by kaoticchick — April 2, 2008 @ 2:18 am

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