So when was the last time you went to your public library…to play a video game?

I know, that sounds strange. However, the ALA is promoting games as an educational experience these days. And during National Library Week, they’ve set April 18th as a special day for gaming in libraries.

I haven’t been by either of my local branches in awhile now, so I don’t know if they’re participating. But yeah, it would seem odd to me if I walked in the door and found everyone playing Mario Brothers ;)

It would appear that libraries are moving in a new direction, towards becoming more a multimedia social center than a just place to borrow books and related items.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, it’s good that some positive activities are being promulgated in relation to video games. There’s been too much bad press, as we all know. So this is definitely a bright spot.

On the other hand, is a library the right place? Have to admit, I’m something of a reactionary. Shucks, I was devastated when they removed the old card catalogues and replaced them with computers.

And will this bring people in who will eventually read books, or will they just come by to play a game? Hmmm. Anyway, check out the article and see what you think.

Libraries And Gaming on gamesetwatch