How do you make your college-age son jealous? Tell him you played Guitar Hero… in school…for a class…while the teacher was there. Hey, I thought it was great fun at our Wednesday game night. I’m not totally convinced of all the educational values of these games, but in terms of building community, gaming really show teens that libraries are willing to invest in their interests. I love the idea that gaming allows teens to get to know their librarians on a more casual basis. We might not seem so “scary” when they need us for informational purposes. I’m undecided about the concept of making kids check out books before they can play games. That might be a little like having to eat your lima beans before you can have your chocolate cake. In the end, does anyone learn to like lima beans?
On a similar note, I attended my library’s Family Game Night tonight. It’s once a month and this was our fourth one since the library acquired DDR and Wii. There are board games too. In the past, some parents have just dropped their kids off and left (which is ok, but defeats the idea of a “family” outting), but tonight there were equal number of kids and adults–about 20 people. I played DDR (fun, but I’m strictly at the beginner level) and Wii baseball and tennis. In the future I hope our library does more promotion for this night–signs in the lobby and maybe even a tent sign on the curb. Refreshments could be nice. There is some thought about inviting seniors for an afternoon of Wii bowling. Has anyone tried that yet?