November 13 is National Gaming Day

November 13 is National Gaming Day

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November 13 is the American Library Association's National Gaming Day, when over 1500 libraries across the country come together for the largest simultaneous national videogame tournament ever held.

Libraries sure have changed since I was a kid. Back in my day, they were stern, sterile places where you could get a book, read a book, maybe check a book out, and the most exciting thing that ever happened was the matronly smackdown that had to be meted out every now and then when somebody got out of hand and raised his voice above a hoarse whisper.

But things are different now. "In the 21st century, libraries are about much more than books!" says the ALA's I Love Libraries website. "In fact, libraries work very hard to provide people of all ages with a rich and current menu of CDs and DVDs, as well as electronic and online resources. Video game resources and programs at the library complement these existing services. Featuring this new gaming media helps the library expand its reach while meeting community expectations."

In that spirit, the American Library Association is bringing us National Gaming Day on November 13, an opportunity to come together with friends and strangers alike for a day of gaming in a friendly, interactive and even educational environment. The games will be vetted by librarians as "family friendly" - sorry, no Gears or Red Dead here - with a focus on social components that will encourage people to game together.

Even better, libraries will compete against one another online to ring up the highest score in games like the hit Wii release Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Many libraries will also host tabletop gaming events on the big day and tabletop gamers and groups are invited to offer to host a session at their local library if it doesn't already have one lined up. For more information or to track down nearby libraries taking part in the big day, check out the National Gaming Day page at ilovelibraries.org.

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The games will be vetted by librarians as "family friendly" - sorry, no Gears or Red Dead here - with a focus on social components that will encourage people to game together.

Party games. Yay.

Cue thousands of complaints that this is an unproductive festival to be promoting at children.

This is now an official holiday for me. Hooray for libraries!

November 13th is also my birthday.

Huh.

Well, that's really cool. Too bad I don't live in the U.S.A., so I'll have to do with the bowling instead of going to the library.

Still, our media type is expanding.

Finally, a reason to go to my local library besides it's AC.

I'll check this out if I can.

Isnt every day gaming day?

I'll go see if I can play a round of Rock Band. I prefer to do vocals, and no one else every seems to.

i wonder if they'll let me play video games at school on this day

Nice, board games are really underrated now adays. There are some really fun ones ot there.

Yay! Hooray for the warehouses of books!

November 2nd is my national gaming day

AND my birthday! Awesome!

This is good news.

Although, the thought occurs to me: This will eventually hit a Friday.

What? Someone has to be the voice of reason!

Yes I edited to check my facts. Then returned to a somewhat original post. Why did I check my facts? I'm pushing on twenty four hours of awake.

I'm the Young Adult (re: Teen) Services Coordinator at Wayne County Public Library in Goldsboro, NC. We've been participating in NGD ever since the ALA has been sponsoring it. It's only one of many gaming programs we offer. Several times throughout the year, we have Game Days. We set up video games and let people come play. We have a multi-day Geeks and Gamers festival every summer, with video games and board games set-up and comics, manga, and sci-fi/fantasy books on display. We have bi-weekly Dungeons and Dragons nights and monthly Magic: the Gathering nights.

It helps tremendously that I'm a gamer and I know well the educational benefits of games and gaming. Any activity that teachers people to play nice and strengthens their skills at technology use is a good thing.

Yes, the games do have to be family-friendly; lots of libraries do have adults-only gaming nights, however, and that's something that's definitely in our future, I'm sure.

Libraries have embraced gaming in a big way. It's good for us in libraries, but it's also good for gamers. It helps establish gaming as a beneficial social activity and games as a legitimate artistic outlet. It's pure win. :)

As a Library IT worker, I have been running a summer video gaming and tabletop gaming program for about 5 years now (My first 'generation' of players are now heading to college/military/etc). The vast majority of its resources came out of my own pocket.

It's a shame that it took this long for such things to catch on, and just when many local library districts (and employees) lack the discretionary funds to take part.

For example, according to their listing of my state, I'd have to travel at least 2 counties in any given direction to find a library participating in this program, which not surprisingly would be the distance I'd have to travel to a reasonably sized metropolitan area with a more solid tax base.

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Nevertheless, it's great news. I hope it really takes off, but I can't help but wonder how many patrons I could have pulled in and introduced to the world of gaming if I could have found some of this 'official' support sooner.

Tirnor:
As a Library IT worker, I have been running a summer video gaming and tabletop gaming program for about 5 years now (My first 'generation' of players are now heading to college/military/etc). The vast majority of its resources came out of my own pocket.

It's a shame that it took this long for such things to catch on, and just when many local library districts (and employees) lack the discretionary funds to take part.

For example, according to their listing of my state, I'd have to travel at least 2 counties in any given direction to find a library participating in this program, which not surprisingly would be the distance I'd have to travel to a reasonably sized metropolitan area with a more solid tax base.

...

Nevertheless, it's great news. I hope it really takes off, but I can't help but wonder how many patrons I could have pulled in and introduced to the world of gaming if I could have found some of this 'official' support sooner.

Five years ago is when we did our first program as well.

It took lots of libraries doing gaming programs, without support from the ALA, for it to catch on on a large scale. It is rather unfortunate that, yes, it seems to be lighting up just as libraries are struggling the hardest now.

Tirnor, have you looked into grant opportunities? I know that Demco is having a contest to win a $5000 shopping spree for gaming programs.

so it's the American Library Association's National Gaming Day.
hmmm,as a acronym it's ALANG.
LAN party!!!

Fronzel:

The games will be vetted by librarians as "family friendly" - sorry, no Gears or Red Dead here - with a focus on social components that will encourage people to game together.

Party games. Yay.

Super Smash Bros Brawl. YAY!

Anyway, it sounds good! I hope it catches on :D

Alright! That's my 21st birthday coincidenatally! Anyway, this is great stuff, glad to see that the libraries are embracing modern technology as a social experience. Awesome stuff.

Oh boy, so Smash Bros and Wii Party? Pass.

Nothing new. Our small village library had a Philips CDi game system free to play in like what, 1993?
And CD-ROMs with all sorts of PC games to borrow soon after that...

Yeah, I doubt that'll happen at my local library.

Still, at least one of my friends better expect me to show up with several games and a tabletop campaign ready.

NERD POWERS ACTIVATE!

Kenjitsuka:
Nothing new. Our small village library had a Philips CDi game system free to play in like what, 1993?
And CD-ROMs with all sorts of PC games to borrow soon after that...

Too bad the era of PC games being library-friendly are long gone. And the hell they're ever going to start loaning out console games.

JourneyThroughHell:
November 13th is also my birthday.

Huh.

Well, that's really cool. Too bad I don't live in the U.S.A., so I'll have to do with the bowling instead of going to the library.

Still, our media type is expanding.

My birthday as well. But, like you, I don't live in the US, and I think I have to work that day.

"Even better, libraries will compete against one another online to ring up the highest score in games like the hit Wii release Super Smash Bros. Brawl."

THE FUTURE everyone!

JourneyThroughHell:
November 13th is also my birthday.

Huh.

Well, that's really cool. Too bad I don't live in the U.S.A., so I'll have to do with the bowling instead of going to the library.

Still, our media type is expanding.

Holy cripe, Really? its my birthday too! awesome! *Internetz high five*

OT: Shame its only being done in the USA though. luckily my local Games Workshop is holding a gaming event and i plan to go watch the pro's and paint some of my figures.

Mah b-day is Nov 13th :B Therefore.. Something..

Edit: You Americans spell youe dates oddly.

So it's not National Gaming Day, It's National "Games for your Granny" Day? Oh great, I know it didn't take me only an hour to get sick of Wii Bowling.

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Meet some new people for D&D and Warhammer?

AAAAAALLLLLLLRIIIIIIIGHT! B]

 

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