Game Con!

Do you like gaming? Not video games, but board games. Warhammer 3000, Risk, Monopoly, Quelf, Dungeons and Dragons and the list goes on and on. We do, too. And in a few weeks, the largest gaming convention descends on Indianapolis. GenCon.

You’ve seen them in the news with Star Wars outfits and other costumes. You can get your game on, have some fun playing old favorites or learning new games and even getting ready for GenCon!

Click here, or on the picture above, for a list of events around the system. Ever better? We’re giving away gift cards and having a drawing for not one but TWO PAIRS of full GenCon passes, worth over $180.00. See you at the Library!

Back to School 2

School is back in session, so your daytime activities are covered. But what about after school? If you are like many teens, you head to your neighborhood library branch to meet up with friends and to use the computers. Next time you find yourself waiting to get online, ask whether the library has any board games. Many of them have a terrific assortment of games for patrons to play. Within the Indianapolis Public Library, there are librarians who are game gurus and who are eager to share unique games with you. A couple even attended and presented at the recent Gen Con Indy 2011 and may have some surprises up their sleeves!

For more organized play, Fountain Square Library offers a “Family Game Night” once a month. The next one is Tuesday, September 20th, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. And College Avenue is presenting “Youth Night,” that same evening, at 6:00 p.m. Looking further ahead, add Southport’s “Family Game Day” to your calendar. It is Saturday, October 1st, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

When gaming at the library, just remember not to shout “I WIN!” too loudly.

Summer Brain Food

Summer is a great time to read and try new things – books, audio books, and internet sites. Here are some fun summer web links.

Games and more

Arts, crafts, games: IPL2–Kidspace Fun Stuff  

Pop music news, reviews, concert info, lyrics, videos, downloads, links, etc.: About.com’s Top 40 

Youth Culture Online: Spank!  

More than 50,000 lyrics by over 1,500 artists; search lyrics by artist, band name or artist/ album/song: A-Z Lyrics

Fun, games, cool links, news, and more: Cyberteens Fun & Games 

Games, satellite photos, art, stamps, ecology, and more, are featured at this official Kids Portal to the U.S. Government: Kids.gov Games

Did You Know?

From the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco: Better Hair Through Chemistry

Why do teens sleep so much? Inside the Teenage Brain 

News summaries for the day, crossword puzzles, a selective guide to the Internet, and more: New York Times Learning Network: Student Connections, Grades 6-12

A Word A Day

Everyday mysteries, portals to the world, and local cultural oddities are part of the Library of Congress site: Kids and Families

The main entry to the official kids portal to the U.S. Government: Kids.gov

Math Games

Math Playground

Resources

Student Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Rhyming Dictionary: Word Central

The main entry to Internet Public Library’s Kidspace

National Gaming Day at the Library!

Did you know that Saturday November 15, 2008 is National Gaming Day at your Library?  Should gaming programs be offer at the library? If so, who should be participating and attending the activity? Look at the following website: http://www.ilovelibraries.org/gaming/index.cfm.

What do you think about this?  Check out your local library branch for their schedule and what kinds of materials such as books, videos, games, and magazines are available on this topic.