Friday, February 12, 2010

Tigard Library Introduces Minds at Play Gaming Program

In March, the Tigard Public Library will begin Minds at Play, a year-long series of gaming programs for people of all ages. A gaming open house will kick off the program on Saturday, March 13 and Saturday, March 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Library lobby. The Library invites everyone to stop by and try out Wii™ bowling and Guitar Hero®. Those who roll a strike will win a donut while supplies last.
The library won a state grant to purchase new gaming equipment, such as Wii™, Playstation® and Xbox™ game consoles, as well as more traditional board games. The gaming series will provide opportunities for patrons to enhance their technology skills while socializing and engaging in some friendly competition.
The series will explore all types of games from bingo to online computer games and encourages game players from beginners to experts to participate. Other events include a March Teen Game Fest on Thursday, March 18, and a Wii™ Sports for Boomers and Seniors series beginning in April.
Gaming in the library is a tradition that began in the 19th century. Librarians learned that inviting patrons to play games was an effective way to build community, while helping people learn to use the library. If having fun with new friends is not enough of an incentive, Minds at Play participants can enter a prize drawing after attending several gaming events and completing a Level Up! card.
For information, please call the Library at 503-684-6537 or visit the Library’s Web page at www.tigard-or.gov/library and click on Adult, Teen or Kids Programs. Minds at Play is supported in whole or part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

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