Celebrating National Gaming Day
Q. Where can I get information about how to best present and suggest our library celebrating National Gaming Day?
A. As we said for our debut of National Gaming Day in November of 2008, in the 21st century, libraries are about much more than books. National Gaming Day presents hundreds of libraries throughout the country with the opportunity to showcase their gaming programs and services. Gaming of all types at the library encourages young patrons to interact with a diverse group of peers, share their expertise with others (including adults), and develop new strategies for gaming and learning. Plus, it's a way for traditionally underserved groups to have fun in the library and interact with other members of the community.
National Gaming Day (NGD) will have its third annual celebration nationwide on November 13, 2010. Registration and participation information are available at http://ngd.ala.org on the ALA website.
The NGD10/National Gaming Day 2010 publicity tools, including a flier, sample letter to the editor, and postcard (all .doc files), plus a customizable official poster, can be found on the ALA website, using the http://tinyurl.com/ngdmembers shortcut.
For talking points and research, see the Gaming @ your library Games and Gaming Resources Wiki, especially the Advocacy and Gaming and Literacy pages. Also see the Librarian's Guide to Gaming: An Online Toolkit for Building Gaming @ your library, specifically--
- Making the Case for Gaming @ your library
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Bibliography of Resources to Support Gaming in Libraries
Additional resources include the Games and Gaming Community on ALA Connect open to both ALA members and nonmembers; the National Gaming Day page at I Love Libraries; the Gaming Lists & Activities by the YALSA Teen Gaming Interest Group on the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of ALA) Wiki; the Gaming page at the ALA Professional Tips Wiki; and the Recommended Games page over at ALA's At Your Library.
Use the National Gaming Day Contact Form with any questions.
Follow the Twitter account for National Gaming Day @ngday.