Read, learn and play during National Gaming Day at the Palm Springs Public Library

           The Palm Springs Public Library will join hundreds of libraries throughout the country on Saturday, November 14, 2009, for the second annual celebration of National Gaming @ your library. Like so many other libraries across the country the Palm Springs Public Library will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family. 

          “Libraries are becoming family destinations, and are continuously offering new formats and innovative programs and services that educate, entertain and expand interaction with their users,” said Barbara Roberts, Director of Library Services. “Gaming is yet another example of how libraries are becoming more than just educational resources for the communities that they serve. They are also places where users of all ages are welcome to have fun together.” 

           The fun will begin at 10:00 AM with traditional outdoor games for the whole family, everything from relay races to hopscotch and ring-toss.  Then, after a short break, beginning at 12:15 PM there will be an Air Guitar contest and showcase and then the fun will move inside the Library. 

            During the afternoon, beginning at 1:00 PM there will be Electronic games, including Wii Sports, Dance, Dance Revolution, Rockband and Super Mario Bros. Brawl.  Kids will also have the opportunity to have their picture taken with an anime character!  There will also be board and card games throughout the library for players of all ages to challenge each other.

        All the events are FREE but we are registering all players, beginning at 9:00 AM, signing up for the games and the air guitar contest.

        To kick things off and get started we will be conducting gaming demos the day before, on Friday, November 13th, at the Library.  From 11:00 AM—2:00 PM there will be various game demos in the Learning Center (TLC), everything from Cribbage to Mahjongg, a schedule will be posted in the Library. Then in the afternoon from 2:00-5:00 PM in the Youth Story Room we will have demos of Wii and other electronic games.  Plus, there will be board and card games located throughout the library for people to challenge each other and strike up a game!

          !!GamingLOGO.inddNational Gaming Day @ your library is a national initiative supported by the American Library Association.  For more information on National Gaming Day please visit http://ilovelibraries.org/gaming.

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