Celebrate National Gaming Day @ your library

CHICAGO – Hundreds of libraries of all types across the country and abroad will participate in ALA’s second annual National Gaming Day @ your library this Saturday.

More than 900 libraries have registered for National Gaming Day 2009. Here are a few examples of National Gaming Day activities:

The Pima County (Ariz.) Public Library is inviting teens to show off their Wii skills on National Gaming Day. The Beatles RockBand game is expected to be a huge hit with the entire family. Kids and adults will be belting out their favorite fab four tunes.

The Black River Falls (Wis.) Public Library will celebrate National Gaming Day with special gaming programs for the entire family. Families will be encouraged to play all kinds of board, card and video games.

Anderson (Ind.) Public Library will devote the entire day to gaming activities. In recognition of National Gaming Day, the library will host a nationwide public library Rock Band 2 Tournament (on the Xbox 360) and a Dungeons and Dragons workshop.

Libraries interested in promoting National Gaming Day @ your library 2009 are encouraged to visit the National Gaming Day Web site, at http://ngd.ala.org/. Tools to promote National Gaming Day including press releases, tips and a National Gaming Day toolkit are available on the Web site.

Already participating? Share your library’s story with us, by sending it to atyourlibrary@ala.org.

ALA’s National Gaming Day focuses on the social and recreational side of gaming. Gaming at the library encourages patrons of all ages to interact with diverse peers, share their expertise and develop new strategies for gaming and learning. At the library, kids can socialize with their friends and play board and video games while surrounded by books, librarians and a real world of knowledge.

The popularity of gaming in libraries was shown by the turnout at the second-annual Open Gaming Night, held at this year’s ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Here is a video with highlights from that event.

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