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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

Build Your Wild Self

What a fun online activity for kids (and adults!) from the New York Zoos & Aquarium.

Build Your Wild Self

Apparently I’m a Hiss-Bird! :-)

Found this site on the ALSC blog post The Latest Additions to Great Web Sites for Kids. Lots of other fun things listed there.

Kids Create Library Promo Videos

A couple of great videos created by the kids at the Sarah Hull Hallock Free Library in Milton, NY.

In the first one the kids tell why they like the library: books, computers, hanging out with friends, lemonade!

And the second, an appeal to voters to get out and support the library budget in November.

Creative and fun! This library participated in a summer reading mini-grant project sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Library System.  The grant provided video cameras and training on editing video (full disclosure – I had great fun doing the training session). Many of the videos are now posted on the NYS Summer Reading site.

Thanks to Marilyn Fino of the Milton Library for sending these in!

KidLib Camp 2009 – August 13

Don’t miss this unconference! KidLibCamp – for librarians interested in youth service in school & public libraries.

KidLibCamp 2009 is a place for youth services librarians to get together and talk about topics that are important to serving children in school and public libraries. KidLibCamp is an unconference that asks participants to share their work, skills, or knowledge as active participants. Unlike more traditional conferences, KidLibCamp will be highly participatory. Sessions will be determined the day of the KidLibCamp by those in attendance.

If you’ve never been to an unconference, you’re in for a treat. Sharing knowledge and collaborating are what drive an unconference. Everyone has a chance to contribute and learn. This day is being organized by Linda W. Braun or Gretchen Hams-Casserotti. The meeting is being  held at Darien PL in southwest CT. If you’re in my neck of the woods (eastern NY) it’s an easy trip.

Gretchen and the Children’s Services Dept. did a really interesting reorganization of their collections when they moved to their new building in January – you can read about it at KidLit Reorg 2008 on Tame The Web.  And go to the unconference and see it first hand and share your own great ideas with your colleagues.

Fun READ posters from the “If the light’s on, we’re home…” library

The kids and teens at the  Stillwater (NY) Free Library have a created a great set of READ posters as part of their summer reading program. Great example of a fun, creative project on a budget! And don’t you love the libraries motto? “If the light’s on, we’re home.”

Scratch Day: May 16, 2009


Do you know kids who would like to create their own online games, stories, animations and more? Who doesn’t!

Then take a look at Scratch – a wonderful free 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.”

Get a bunch of kids together and join in Scratch Day – “a worldwide network of gatherings, where people will come together to meet other Scratchers, share projects and experiences, and learn more about Scratch.”

I heard about Scratch Day through the March 2009 Games in Libraries podcast.

For some examples, see my earlier post on Scratch.