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Yay it’s National Gaming Day!

Woo hoo! It’s National Gaming Day this Saturday!

On November 14, 2009, libraries across the country will participate in the largest, simultaneous national video game tournament ever held! Kids will be able to compete against players at other libraries and track their scores while playing at their local library. In addition, libraries will be offering a variety of board games for all ages to play together. (

Is your local library participating? Check out the map of participating libraries and get your game on!

View 2009 National Gaming Day participating libraries in a larger map

Free audiobook short stories, kids songs and Kahuna Reef video game!

kahunareefThanks to Rachel Singer Gordon’s Mashup Mom, I scored some fun freebies today. And you can too!

From  Freebies on Friday, 4/24/09

  • Free Big Kahuna Reef game download from
  • Get the Walking Oliver Sampler — 5 free kids songs — from

From Thematic Thursday, 4/23/09 — Boooooooks

  • Get 9 free short story audiobook MP3s from Barnes & Noble.

And while you’re there, check out the tons of other great bargains and coupons.  Thanks Rachel!

Fun Moo Stuff

Moo makes wonderful business cards, postcards, sticker books and more. Their products are fun to create and fun to use. Reading back through their blog today I ran across some fun things to create for kids – or for them to create themselves.

First this fun memory matching game created with family photos and Moo business cards.

And these great sticker books made from the graphics used in Facebook’s Packrat game.

There are lots more fun ideas on the Moo blog. Got some ideas of your own?

Librarians’s Guide to Gaming Toolkit

Check out this new resource from ALA’:  The Librarian’s Guide to Gaming: An Online Toolkit for Building Gaming @ Your Library

Libraries of all types promote the development of these literacy skills in numerous ways: information literacy classes in colleges and universities, gaming programs to promote problem solving and the development of higher order thinking skills, and services that improve technical and literary fluency. Regardless of the type of service libraries may provide, they are all important in strengthening these multiple literacies. Gaming in its various forms presents an additional service that supports and strengthens these literacies.

Includes talking points, resources, tools, tips, best practices and more.

Scratch: Imagine, Program, Share

Scratch, from the MIT Media Lab, is a programming tool “designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design.”

This demo video is all kinds of wonderful. It not only shows the process of designing and creating a game with Scratch, but also illustrates the thinking and learning going on while creating the game. And the narration and flow of the demo video are terrific too. Great job. I yelled hooray at the end!

An Introduction to Scratch Programming with Theo & Kyle –  Feb 19, 2009

There are more than 300,000 projects on the Scratch site! I had fun playing with this one – Mi’s Puzzle Demo

Board Gaming and the AASL Standards

Beth Gallaway, aka Information Goddess, shared her recent presentation on Board Gaming and the AASL Standards on SlideShare.  See her blog post for links to her handouts for these  sessions. Sounds like it was a fun session.

Beth is also teaching an online course in February:   Get Your Game On, Online! That sounds like fun too!