NYPL gets into gaming

Thanks to iLibrarian for pointing out the recent game-apalooza at NYPL. NYPL branch libraries lend over 2,500 video games for one-week intervals. Apart from all the quotes from kids saying, “Wow, I have to come to the library more often,” there’s this to consider:

“What we’re seeing is that in addition to simply helping bring kids into the library in the first place, games are having a broader effect on players, and they have the potential to be a great teaching tool,” Mr. Martin said. “If a kid takes a test and fails, that’s it. But in a game, if you fail you get to take what you’ve learned and try again.”

Indeed!

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