This week’s discussion topic will look at the connection between libraries and games – this seems to be as varied as the types of libraries themselves. From a traditional focus on board games to the rise of Minecraft in libraries, there is something in this topic for most of us.
I remember as an 8 year old playing games in my school library at lunch time on rainy days and with rising pressure on funding of libraries in many schools, there is plenty of people arguing that games and libraries can help with teaching core literacy and numeracy.
At the community level, many public libraries include video games in their spaces, to help bring in teenagers and young adults, either on a continuous basis or as a one off event to promote the library. Providing a safe, non commercial space for children and teens to socialise and play video games is just one reason public libraries in particular have jumped onto this.
Academic libraries are also getting in on the games and gaming act. Many universities teach game design, either as a full degree or as a subject specialisation within another course. However, games aren’t always related to study. One University Library here in Sydney hosts an annual Play Day at the beginning of the academic year and of course Zombies continue to be a recurring theme in academic library games and activities around the world.
Over the next two weeks we will showcase some different libraries and the strategies and programs they are offering around games.
Do you have games in your library? If so, what sort? Board games are ‘traditional’ library games, do you still have them or has your library moved on entirely to video games? Are they for the purposes of teaching about games or are they a tool for marketing your library to children or teenagers? If your library doesn’t have games, perhaps your local public library or the library at your children’s school does so you can still join in the discussion. Or tell us what sort of games are played in schools, libraries and parks in your country?
Tell us about your library and games, in the comments below, on Facebook or on Twitter (@InterLibNet) using #interlibnet. We have a twitter chat coming up on this topic on Thursday 2 April (check the link to help work out your local time) and would love you to join in and share your stories and experiences.