Category Archives: Gaming

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The Art of Running a Lock-in

Hi Guys!  This past Friday we held a successful Minecraft Lock-in at the Clearview Library District. This was probably my twentieth lock-in at the Clearview Library District.  I’ve done all nighters (6 to 6) and half-nighters (6-12).  I’ve done tweens … Continue reading

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Narrative Games

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Narrative games are games that involve a storytelling aspect. Examples: Rory’s Story Cubes, Dungeons & Dragons, Choose Your Own Adventure, Storyworld Cards, Tell Me A Story (eeboo), Fairytale Spinner Game (eeboo), Madlibs Library Applications: Murder Mystery Dinners, Creative Writing Clubs … Continue reading

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Action Games

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Action games are games that emphasize but are not limited to physical challenges, hand-eye coordination, and reaction time. Examples: Rock Band, Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, Kinect Adventures, Power Up Heroes, Ping-Pong, Pachinko, Pinball, lazer tag, carnival games, tag, hide … Continue reading

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Strategy Games

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Strategy games are games that employ decision-making and tactics; the mechanics of the game rely heavily on logical thinking and execution. Examples: Chess, Risk, Hive, Settlers of Catan, Power Grid, Carcassone, Magic the Gathering, Ticket to Ride, El Grande, Rummikube, … Continue reading

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Knowledge Games

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Knowledge games are defined here as games that focus on using acquired knowledge or learning new things. Examples: Wits & Wagers, Catch Phrase, Bananagrams, Trivial Pursuit, Rush Hour, Scrabble, Words with Friends, Jeopardy, Scene It, Are You Smarter than a … Continue reading

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Modern Gaming Experiences: 6 Categories

When thinking about how games can be utilized in libraries, there are six types of gaming experiences to consider: 1. Knowledge: games that focus on using acquired knowledge or learning new things 2. Strategy: games that employ decision-making and tactics; … Continue reading

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Games in the Library? (Or Convincing Stakeholders)

If you haven’t been asked already, you will be.  Why offer games in the library?  What do games have to do with literacy?  Let me share some very awesome and convincing reasons exactly why libraries are the perfect place for … Continue reading

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What’s In A Game? (Or How I Convince You that Games Are Powerful)

Ok, let’s start with the key term. Here’s what I mean by the word GAME: a form of play with goals and structure. Believe it or not, there’s a whole scholarly field devoted to the study of games, and it’s … Continue reading

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The Wonderful World of Gaming In Libraries

Hello!  My name’s Hillary and I’m the guest blogger for the month of February.  I’m the Head of Youth Services at the Clearview Library District where we’ve been playing games with our patrons for years. Play is such a wonderful … Continue reading