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TPiB: Self Directed Game Day Contest

International Games Day is November 16, and it is a wonderful way to get tweens and teens involved in the library. I’ve put together a neat self-directed contest to get them interested in the program that we’re having that Saturday, and also to get them involved in the library itself.
First, I took a simple shadow box that I got at Michael’s. You could easily get one at Hobby Lobby, a big box store, or any craft store- Michael’s is just an approved vendor for my system, and they have let me loose with a city credit card and a budget!
Next, I used the promotional materials from the International Games Day site to create a flyer (both poster sized and small enough to fit inside my shadow box) advertising the program.

Finally, I added in some of the odd pieces from games that had been left over during the year to create my contest, and placed them inside the shadow box. Those attempting the contest have to name ALL the games that are featured inside the box in order to win, and there are 8 games featured.

Can you guess all 8 games?
They are now on display, and then once I get a chance, game based books (like Cory Doctorow’s For the Win and Game by Barry Lyga) will be placed on display around the contest area. My self directed display contest will start November 4, and continue through November 13, with winners (if any) being announced November 14.

TPiB: International Game Day 2013

November 16 is International Game Day, and even though it’s a Saturday, I LOVE Gaming Day and even more important, my KIDS love gaming day. We are a small library, yet I turn the back part of my library into gaming central for four hours (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) on this day and we have a blast with tabletop (board- I use tabletop to help with confusion with those who are learning English) and console gaming.

I’ve signed up for International Game Day, and already the games and emails about how to join the group games (Mario Kart online tournaments, etc) are coming in. I came in Monday, November 4 to find these presents waiting in my office:

 If you aren’t signed up for International Game Day, or signed up too late to receive the free games (or if the free games won’t work for your community- which happens sometimes), then use what you have available! Ask your staff and see if someone has Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, Candy Land, Life, Uno- you’d be surprised what kids in your area are and aren’t familiar with.

If you have a console gaming setup or know someone willing to let your borrow one (a Wii, PS3, XBox, Game Cube, Playstation), hook it up to a TV and set up a free play station with a four player game! Mine love Super Smash Brothers, Mario Kart racing, any version of the Lego games, Just Dance, Naruto,Little Big Planet, and DC vs Mortal Kombat. Just be aware that whatever game(s) you go with are appropriate for the area, and that someone is overseeing the station so that the tweens and teens are sharing.

You also can have a movie marathon devoted to gaming. Movies like Wreck-It Ralph, Tron: Legacy, Hackers, Streetfighter, Mortal Kombat, and Super Mario Brothers are all gaming based movies and covered by Movie Licensing USA.

 What are your plans for Game Day? Share in the comments!