Young Adults

Our Public Libraries Are Being Turned Into Video Arcades

Dave Gibson Complains Our Public Libraries Are Being Turned Into Video Arcades.

Generations of Americans who valued education and insisted that their children understand not only the importance but the enjoyment of the written word, have given way to barely functioning illiterates who spend hour after hour trying to get to the next level of Guitar Hero. We are headed back to a time in this country when only the rich could read and write with any proficiency, and apparently our public libraries are now on board with that disastrous goal.

Choose Your Own Adventure Map

There is a fun post at Boing Boing that showcases a visual map of a Choose Your Own Adventure book.

RIP Gary Gygax

Sad news for the world of geekdom as Gary Gygax passed away today at the age of 69.

For those unfamiliar with the name, you're surely familiar with his creation: Dungeons & Dragons. D&D, originally only a role playing game, spawned enough books, both fiction and non-fiction, to fill their own library.

Salon has a decent story about this gentle man and Wil Wheaton posts about an experience very typical of those of us who were, and still are, into the D&D scene.

Kids, Books, and Photos

Gather a kid or two, design some cover art, and take a photo.

Oh yes, and you'll want to create a small, but incredibly cool, optical illusion.

And you wind up with some fun and lively photographs reminding us how books can change and enhance the lives of children.

PC Gaming Alliance

If your library hosts gaming, you may want to follow along on the new Gaming Alliance that has been created. They don't be clear on what they plan to do yet but it suggests that conversations are being had and might lead to collaboration and future communication.

Guitar Hero @ Your Library

Whether or not you agree with the ideas and concepts of video gaming in libraries, the facts are that video games provide a lure to get those oh-so-cool teenagers into the library.

Metro Detroit libraries currently offer a wide selection of games for an equally wide selection of systems. Besides the collection, they also schedule competitions using the popular games Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution.

"I think that pretty soon more people will be going to the library. It changed my whole opinion of it," said Phillip Lane, 18.

More from Freep.

Me, I wanna start a Rock Band competition, creating a librarian band called Borges' Paradise.

Teen charged in driveby shooting after suburban library patrons argue

From Minneapolis: A dispute among suburban library patrons escalated into a daylight drive-by shooting, and a Minneapolis teenager was jailed and charged in Hennepin County.

Vandals flood library, smear feces at CA elementary school

Yuck: An alarm system hasn't deterred vandals from twice breaking into Ridgeview Elementary School's library to ruin more than 1,400 books, smear feces, and damage computers, printers and other property.

Vandals first struck on New Year's Day, then again Saturday afternoon when they knocked books, computers and other items off shelves and flooded the library.

"We are working on drying out the library and trying to save as many books as we can," Librarian Shelley Dearmin said.

Novel way to increase library use

A mayor in Spain who pays children one Euro per hour to read at the local library in an attempt to keep them in school.
The CBC Says Agustin Jimenez, Socialist mayor of the agricultural town of Noblejas in central Spain, is recommending the town's children be given a euro - the equivalent of $1.50 - for every hour they spend reading in the local library. The sweetener is part of a string of measures to be voted on by the Noblejas council in March.

How Kids Use Libraries: Today's USA Today "Snapshot"

Today's USA Today "Snapshot": Of the two thirds of youth 8 - 18 who have visited a public library or its website in the past year, most borrow items for personal use. The attached poll is "When was the last time you visited a public library or its website?" and "Within past year" is the current winner.

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