Programming Idea: Retro Gaming
Quick and crazy thoughts this lovely Saturday morn.
My library system has this kind of neat website where they can highlight different events on the main page. I was glancing there the other day and noticed something. One of the programs there was listed as “Retro Gaming”.
Instantly I could see it. The library purchases some old Nintendo NES consoles (gigantic game cartridges and all), some Atari, and maybe a ColecoVision if they’re feeling cheeky. You get a bunch of old classic games and then have the teens play them. I guarantee they’d be fascinated. Heck, at this point in time they’d probably figure it was a history lesson . . . and they’d be right.
As it turned out, my library was talking about chess and checkers and those kinds of “retro games”. But I’m rather enthralled with my version. My husband pointed out that you could just link to old games on the internet and get them that way, but there’s something so much better about having the original joysticks and whatever the heck that ColecoVision device was called. Many of you guys work in library systems. Tell it to me true then . . . has anyone ever heard of a library system doing this before?
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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