Who needs books at a library?
This Saturday is gaming day in the stacks, baby.
That's because the American Library Association has declared November 15th to be the first-ever National Gaming Day @ Your Library Day. Libraries across the country (some more than others, certainly) will celebrate the fun and educational benefits of video and board games.
In addition to online gaming events, Wizards of the Coast has donated copies of D&D as well as Magic the Gathering to libraries so that they may run local tournaments.
ALA president Jim Rettig commented:
Gaming formats have become a valuable tool for libraries, Not only has this new format increased library usage from hard to reach users such as teens, we also have found that video games attract a variety of users and are a great vehicle to teach basic technology skills.
More info is available from the ALA.