Teens represent an underserved population in many public libraries, often because it’s difficult to attract teens into the library. Some libraries have had success attracting teens making games available. While many libraries circulate board games and provide computer access for online games, few offer structured gaming opportunities. Libraries that host gaming programs typically report having positive experiences and high numbers of teens at the programs. As libraries look to serve their communities by offering after school activities for teens, gaming provides a new means of outreach and an opportunity to make the library a welcoming place for them.
OWLS member librarians have expressed a high level of interest in adding gaming programs to their library services. In response, OWLS has purchased gaming systems for circulation to member libraries. These systems support member libraries by giving them an opportunity to offer gaming programs to their patrons. Statistics gathered from these programs can be used as evidence to support local library investment in game systems and games.
OWLS gaming equipment is intended for library use only (e.g. tournaments and programs) and may not be circulated to the public.
Important Notice: August 30th will be the last day that gaming equipment will be available from OWLS.
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