Audio from GLLS2007: Teens Gaming their Way to Success at the Carvers Bay Branch Library

By Jenny Levine | By Dwight McInvaill
Presented July 24, 2007

Dwight McInvaill talks about gaming at the Georgetown County Library "The Carvers Bay Branch is a new public library in a rural, impoverished, and isolated corner of South Carolina. In many ways, its community has problems found also in troubled urban areas. The place's 7,000 residents face a terrible job market with 15% unemployment along with poverty and illiteracy rates both exceeding 30 percent. When the library opened in 2006 – in this locale where no library had ever existed before and where only 2% of the population even had library cards – the hope was that this facility would make a true difference in transforming the community. A major foundation made it possible for the library to create a state-of-the-art interactive computer gaming center for teens with Xbox 360s and Dell gaming PCs. The strategy was to attract high school students to the new library with the aim of expanding their horizons through developing the habit of regular public library use. The computer gaming club was an immediate success. Within a few weeks, over 60 youngsters – mainly African-American males – were ongoing club members, and by August – after having been open for only two months – the Carvers Bay Branch Library was featured by WebJunction as its national Library of the Month. When the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation learned of the interactive gaming program's success, the foundation decided to include the library in a short documentary on innovation and advocacy that is currently being distributed free of charge to public libraries, nationwide. To learn more about this exciting endeavor and also to discover what plans are in the works for future innovation there, please be sure to attend this session on how a small rural library is making a difference by using technology and programming vigorously to transform its community." More info....

Listen to an MP3 audio file of this session (38MB, 41:09)

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