Tag Archives: Video Games

Playing games at the library

Roanoke Times – “There are mindless games, to be sure, but that is true of any medium. The works of Stephen King and John Grisham remain on library shelves, as they should. Sometimes people just want to relax and enjoy.”

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Wii brings new faces to the library

Argus-Press – “For years, video games were seen as a threat to children’s reading. Now more than three decades after the medium’s conception, games are becoming a way to bring children back into libraries.”

Warning:  This piece is filled with “video games will make you literate” statements.

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Undergrad Library hosts gaming event

Daily Illini – “The University’s Undergraduate Library participated, offering both new video game systems such as a Wii, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 and vintage systems such as Sega Genesis and Atari 2600. The event was centered on a nationwide online tournament.”

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Utah County library issues partial gaming ban

ksl.com – “A Utah County library says it had to put a partial video game ban on its computers to give library patrons a chance to actually look things up.”

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Check it out: Libraries now happening places

Arizona Republic – “Libraries around the Valley are hipper, fresher and friendlier, sporting looks that threaten to dispel the image of librarians as little more than tightly wound shushing machines.”

Despite this odd sentence, this article is a very good look into what libraries are doing these days.  Good piece on gaming because it doesn’t talk about increasing literacy by playing video games.  Gaming is a great community builder, but increasing literacy?  I just don’t buy it.

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