Video game events draw teens back to libraries

Saying they're going to the library may no longer be the standby excuse teens offer their parents for secretly heading out to a party or to hang out with friends.

These days, more and more young people are flocking to metro Detroit libraries: not necessarily for homework, but to participate in one of their favorite pastimes -- video games.

Hage has stocked the shelves with 1,823 games for PlayStations 2 and 3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360 and other systems. And the free sources of entertainment are hot items among adolescents -- on any given day, 1,300 are checked out. The addition of the games largely contributed to the library's 12% spike in circulation last year, she said.

The Rochester Hills library (in Michigan) increasingly draws kids in with gaming events, like the one held Feb. 9.

And it's not just happening in Rochester Hills.

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Skerj3750d ago

What are Li-br-eries? Is that like Netflix for books? A book rental service?

ShinFuYux3749d ago

it's understandable for a libary carrying RPG games(all that reading you have to do in the game), but Guitar Hero?

Obviously they are desperate for customers.

permutated3749d ago


Like they recognize that digital formats are the future, just like libraries offering Mp3-books is a positive step.

blynx1823749d ago

This sure as hell ain't happening in my library.

solar3749d ago

sure, kids are at the library...for the wrong reason. to play video games, not to read...

derekjr3749d ago

If you check the mission statement of most libraries, it will state that it is to meet the educational and RECREATIONAL needs of the community.

I have brought gaming into the library I work at and it has been huge with the teens. Last year alone we went from 2000 to 3000 teen residents with a library card. Alot of this is due to the video games that we check out as well as the DVD's, CD's and computers with games on them. We have also seen a drastic increase in the amount of books that check out as well. Here, as teens wait for a computer, they will pick up a manga and read it. We only have about 300 video game titles at the moment as our budget is not that great.