A library person is looking for suggestions for video games to play in the library for game night. We are sharing the initial question, and the responses. Check them out to see if you can use them in your library. And if you have other suggestions, share them in the comments so we can all try new things!
“We used to have Call of Duty gaming nights to get kids in to play together on our PCs. We were using Call of Duty 1 which worked as it was not particularly over the top graphic.
This version is super old and now fails on our PCs. Do you all have any suggestions on similar group play games that aren’t intensely graphic? These game nights happen out in the open in a room shared with all age ranges so it can’t be too too.”
“A decade-plus of Seattle library checkouts. Last month, the Seattle Public Library released a dataset tracking the total number of checkouts for each title by year and month from April 2005 to December 2016 (so far). The dataset isn’t limited to physical books; it also includes e-books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and more. Last year, the three most popular physical books were Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train (2,355 checkouts), Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies (2,151 checkouts), and Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me (2,134 checkouts).”
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For many children, learning to read is challenging enough. Learning to read if they have an undetected vision problem makes the process even more difficult. In Oregon, they began the program “See to Read” in 2013 that aims to correct this issue, with the help of public libraries!
Check out this article in OLA Quarterly that describes how the program began through a partnership with eye care professionals, legislators, and public libraries. Then visit the “See To Read” site to learn more about this great program!
What is “See to Read”?
A series of free vision screenings for children at public libraries
A campaign based on the belief that no child should begin learning to read with an undetected vision problem.
A community service project that helps children be ready to read and that links families, schools, local service clubs, and legislators to public libraries.
A way to assist implementation of the law that all children entering public kindergarten in Oregon must have a vision screening.
There are many interesting apps available for library use, and we are looking at some of them this week. But what if you want something that is unique to the special needs of your library? What if you want to stretch yourself and your tech skills by trying something new? What if you just don’t want to pay for an app??
You might be the perfect audience for this (free!) Udacity class!
Android Development for Beginners How to Make an Android App gives you some training in Java and programming for Android. “This course is designed for students who are new to programming, and want to learn how to build Android apps. You don’t need any programming experience to take this course. If you’ve been using a smartphone to surf the web and chat with friends, then you’re our perfect target student!”
Your library may want to reach out to patrons in a way that works for them, and speaks to them with tools they are already using. “Android powers over 80 percent of the world’s smartphones, and represents an incredible opportunity for developers everywhere. The next billion people coming online will interact with the internet for the very first time on a mobile device. Building for Android gives you the best opportunity to reach these users and make an impact — both in your community, and on the world.”
You may not need to connect to everyone in the world – but you do want to connect with as many of your potential users as possible; and an app you create may be one tool to help make that happen!