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Should Libraries Host Special Video Game Days?


The LA Times recently did an interesting feature story on the San Fernando Library, which has special video game days where they invite local children to get their game on. Apparently the events have been such a success that the American Library Association designated last Friday the first "National Gaming @ Your Library Day." Here's more:

Libraries are turning to video games to connect with teenagers who have outgrown story time. Almost a quarter of libraries surveyed last year by Syracuse University's School of Information Studies had put on video game events.

About half of Los Angeles County's 88 public libraries hold gaming events at least once a month. Administrators credit the practice with helping boost teenage attendance by about 50% since the county started a pilot program two years ago.

While some people think the idea is ridiculous and contrary to what a library should be (you know, a place for those things called books), a 2007 survey of 400 US libraries found that three-quarters of those who took part in game events came back for the library's "other services."

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