LADOGA — Libraries have long been known as the place to go for books of all types. From mysteries to biographies, romance to reference. Now, libraries also are a great source for all different types of games.
On Saturday, more than 1,000 libraries across the country will showcase gaming programs and services as part of the American Library Association’s National Gaming Day. Many libraries are stocking their shelves with video games, planning board game competitions and participating in a national video game tournament. As a result, recreational library attendance by kids, teenagers, college students, families and seniors will skyrocket even further.
No longer just a place for books, Ladoga-Clark Township Public Library is a gathering place for all ages. Sure video games attract teen users, but gaming programs are attracting other generations as well. Systems like the Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo Wii offer games ranging from bowling to tennis to racecar driving and appeal to all family members — from kids to grandparents. And libraries have other offerings for those that love board games and traditional games like chess as well.
“Our library will have all kinds of board games for all ages to play on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon,” said Library Director Wanda Bennett. “Family and Party Games.com has donated four games for us to play — Loaded Questions, Awkward Family Photos, The Greatest Day Ever and Loaded Questions Junior. There will be many other games to play on Saturday as well.
“Gaming is yet another example of how a new format can fulfill the desire to learn, play and yes, read at your library,” Bennett said.
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