Gaming Interest Group (YALSA - Young Adult Library Services Association) Community
Hello all. My name is Josh Carlson, I'm currently the Director of Youth Services at Utica Public Library in Utica, NY. Recently I started a Facebook group for Librarians who play or are interested in Magic: the Gathering, though I am considering changing the name/focus to be more "broad" for tabletop-based gaming in general.
Part of my goal is that I would like to organize some sort of meet and play during PLA this year. Thoughts on that?
What are some of your favorite or most popular Wii Games for playing in the library? I have a regular group of between 6 and 12 tweens who come to my weekly gaming program at my small public library and am always looking for new multi-player Wii games to play with them. Some of their favorites are:
* Super Mario Wii
* Super Smash Bros. (though we haven't played this in awhile)
* Smackdown vs. Raw (which I find painfully boring)
* Mario Kart
* Mario Party 8
* Boom Blox
I bought them Goldeneye, but it never really took off. I think the aiming mechanics were frustrating for most of them when we started up the multiplayer (that and the fact that I was beating the heck out of them - thanks misspent youth!).
What do you like at your gaming events?
McCormick Place West, W-180
Beth Gallaway will be discussing downloadable gaming technologies, Karen Potash will be discussing ebooks, audiobooks, videos, etc. and Kate Pritchard will be talking about downloadble music. Jody Wurl moderators.
YALSA President’s Program & Membership Meeting: Creativity Counts: Nurturing Teens' Talents at Libraries Large & Smallby Beth Gallaway on Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 12:07 pm
Monday 1:30 to 3:00
McCormick Place West, W-196a
The 2009 YALSA President's Program will feature a panel of speakers who are sure to inspire the audience to engage teens' creative juices at their libraries. Whatever the medium - creative writing, photography, fine arts, music, theater, design, gaming, cartooning, digital media production - all of these endeavors can and should be nurtured and advocated by librarians who work with teens. This program will highlight the realistic potential of all types of libraries, both big and small. Two fetured speakers include: Elise Cole, Teen Services Librarian at the Oakville Public Library, who has run the very successful Write2Xpress contest for teens: http://tinyurl.com/rbggw6. Our other speaker is Patrick Shaffner, Chicago's outreach coordinator for the nonprofit writing workshop, 826, founded by Dave Eggers and friends. We will be giving away issues of Teen Ink!