Libraries Hosting Gaming Programs

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  • Ann Arbor District Library (MI)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of Gaming: Monthly videogame tournament weekends for various age groups
Games: Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros., DDR, Karaoke Revolution, Pokemon, Retro Gaming, Guitar Hero, Monkey Ball, etc.
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  • Berwyn Public Library (IL)

Type: public
Size of library: small
Types of gaming: monthly board gaming group for junior high through adult
Games: Acquire, Puerto Rico, Transamerica, East Front, Victory in the Pacific, San Juan, Settlers of Catan, Aladdin's Dragons, Ingenious, Cartagena, Power Grid, Ra, Medici, Samurai, Guillotine, Union Pacific, Axis & Allies
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  • Bloomingdale Public Library (IL)

Type: public
Size of library: small
Types of gaming: Collectible card games; chess club; console gaming, board and card games.
Games: Dueler's Guild,focusing on Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic: the Gathering, Teen Game Night with electronic and other games, Open game Night is electronic, board games for all ages. Also run occasion special programs such as tournaments. Currently have the Wii with Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, WiiPlay, Big Brain Academy. XBOX360 with Rock Band, PS2 with DDR & Guitar Hero. We also have over 70 board, card, and learning games available for in-library use or checkout.
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  • Bloomington Public Library (IL)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of gaming: quarterly play at Game Fests in Library and community at large
Games: RockBand, Guitar Hero III, Mario Kart (Wii), Dead or Alive, NFS, Motosport; Don't be shy, game on!
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  • Brookfield Public Library (IL)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of gaming: starting this spring, we're starting by hosting some X-Box LAN parties after hours on Friday nights
Games: first one will be Halo on X-Box
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  • Capital Area District Library (MI)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of gaming: tournaments and open play
Games: DDR, Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers, Mario Superstar Baseball on GameCube
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  • Calvert Library (MD)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of Gaming: Monthly family, tween, teen, and adult programs
Games: Mario Kart, DDR, Mario Party, Warioware: smooth moves, Wii Play, Wii Sports, etc.
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  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (PA)

Type: public
Size of library: large
Types of gaming: Weekly video gaming night (Xbox, games & snacks provided), Tekko (anime/gaming convention hosted at library), weekly Dungeons & Dragons campaign, weekly Dance Dance Revolution night
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  • City Heights Weingart Library (CA)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of gaming: Monthly tournaments and open play
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, Playstation 3
Games: Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Halo 3, Soul Calibur IV, and Madden NFL 2009
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  • Corvallis Benton-County Public Library (OR)

Type:Public
Size of Library: Medium
Type of Gaming: Teen Game Nights once a month in four locations. 2 PS2 and 2 XBox consoles, 6 DDR Mats, 2 Guitar Hero controllers, a Wii console and future Xbox Live subscriptions are featured.
Games: All E and T, except for Halo 2
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  • Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center(NC)

Type: public
Size of library: large
Types of Gaming: console gaming, board and card games, free play and tournaments
Video Games: DDR, Guitar Hero, Mario Kart, RockBand, Super Smash Bros.(Melee and Brawl), etc.
Traditional games/gaming: checkers, chess, Scrabble, Monopoly, Clue, Uno, Texas Hold ‘Em, Sudoku, GO, etc.
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  • Downers Grove South High School (IL)

Type: school
Size of library: large
Types of gaming: not sure yet; we are hoping to host a gaming event, maybe in conjunction with National Library Week
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  • Elmwood Park Public Library (IL)

Type: public
Size of library: small
Types of gaming: tournaments and open play
Games: XBOX360, Wii, and Game Cube Gaming. Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl, Halo, Rock Band, Mario Kart, etc. br> Contact:

  • Freedom Regional Library (NC)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of gaming: weekly open play game days plus tournaments, online gaming, chess and board games
Games: Nintendo Wii (Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Wii Sports, Wii Play, Mario Kart), XBox (Halo, Madden, Soul Caliber), Online (PacMan, Tetris), Board Games (Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Iron Chef)
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  • Gen-Con Indianapolis

Types of gaming: Mario Kart Tournament at Con. Entrance requires library Card
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  • Georgetown County Library (SC)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of gaming: Carvers Bay High School Gaming Club and open play
Games: Current popular XBOX-360 and PC titles
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  • Grande Prairie Public Library (IL)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of gaming: every fourth Saturday, we have Game Day where the kids play board games and card games
Games: bingo, Uno, Connect Four, puzzles, checkers
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  • Green Hills Public Library (IL)

Type: Public
Size of library: Medium
Types of gaming: Video Gaming
Games: bingo, Guitar Hero III, Wii Sports
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  • Guilderland Public Library (NY)

Type: public
Size of library: large
Types of gaming: Weekly Magic: the Gathering events, Video Gaming
Games: ESRB E - T, Guitar Hero II, Dance Dance Revolution Supernova, Sing Star Karaoke
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  • Hialeah Public Libraries (FL)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of gaming: Video Gaming, Yu-Gi-Oh
Games: Guitar Hero II, Dance Dance Revolution Supernova
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  • Henderson Libraries (NV)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of gaming: Get Your Game On - regular Wii nights for all ages; Wii the Teens - scheduled teens only Wii nights.
Games: Wii Sports, Big Brain Academy, WarioWare, etc.
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  • Homer Township Public Library(IL)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of gaming: open sessions and tournaments.
Games: DDR on playstation Contact:

  • ImaginOn-Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (NC)

Type: public-for kids and teens
Size of library: super duper size
Types of gaming: console video games, tournaments, open play, and board games
Games: DDR, RuneScape, Retro games (Space Invaders, PacMan, Asteroids, Tetris, Simon and Donkey Kong), Guitar Hero, Burnout, Madden 2005, various board games-checkers, chess, Twister, Scrabble, etc. The list keeps growing.
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  • Iowa City Public Library (IA)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of gaming: console video games, open play
Games: Guitar Hero 3, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Boom Blox, Mario Kart Wii. Consoles: Wii, Xbox360, PS3
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  • Chambers County Library System (TX)

Type: Public
Size of library: small
Types of gaming: Tournaments, open play, board games, regularly scheduled young adult programming
Games: Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, Super Smash Bros., Wii, Rock Band, DDR, Guitar Hero
Visit our teen blog: *CCL Teens
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  • Lansing Public Library (IL)

Type: public
Size of library: small
Types of gaming: game afternoons with video games, online games, and board games
Games: DDR; Mario Kart; Karaoke Revolution 3; Runescape and other online games; board games (Connect Four, Scrabble, etc.)
Teen Interviews from gaming event--hear how they liked it, and what games they want!
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  • Longview Public Library (WA)

Type: public
Size of library: municipal
Types of gaming: gaming programs and board games
Games: DDR and Guitar Hero (more soon!) [1]; board games (Wooden "10 in a box"; chess, backgammon, etc.)

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  • Loyola University Libraries (IL)

Type: academic
Size of library: medium
Types of gaming: still in the planning stage
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  • Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) (WI)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of gaming: console (PS2 & Wii), PC (LAN), board games; occasional "gaming nights" w/ contests and simple tournaments; daily PS2 and PC gaming
Games: Rock Band, DDR, Arcade-Style, PC Strategy Games, Sports & Racing Games
Contact: MCPL Teen Services

  • Matteson Public Library (IL)

Type: public
Size of library: large
Types of gaming: open play (DDR) and open LAN parties; after hours open internet play
Games: DDR; internet games; CD-ROMs
Contact: and

  • Maywood Public Library (IL)

Type: public
Size of library: small
Types of gaming: online access; kids download video games - we usually do not put them off; they seem to know tons of resources
Games: whatever the internet offers
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  • McCracken County Public Library (KY)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of gaming: circulate console games but we no longer have a Young Adult Media Bar.
Games: Battlefield 1942, Battlefield Vietnam, Rise of Nations are regular choices for LAN; Runescape online; Heroscape Table
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  • Metropolitan Library System (OK)

Type: public
Size of library: large
Types of gaming: video game programs at various branches, including Guitar Hero, DDR, Super Smash Brothers, Mario Kart, and Nintendo Wii games.
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  • Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library System (VA)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
When: 2nd and 4th Fridays of most months, from 3:30-6:30pm
Types of gaming: Video games, board games, card games, etc. We feature a different video game each month on the projection screen, and usually have a second system set up on a large TV as well.
Contact: Game On!

  • New York Public Library (NY)

Type: public
Size of library: large
Types of Gaming: NYPLarcade video game discussions
Games: The Long Dark, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, The Talos Principle, Alien: Isolation, Sylvio, SOMA, Sunset
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  • Norman Public Library (OK)

Type: public
Size of library: small - medium
Types of gaming: GAME ON ~ a monthly gaming event just for Teens. Super Smash Brothers, Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero II and the new Nintendo Wii are just some of the games set up for the teens to play. Also - free food.
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  • Oak Lawn Public Library (IL)

Type: public
Size of library: large
Types of gaming: game nights - started in February 2006
Games: DDR on PlayStation; board and card games
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  • Ogden Farmers' Library (NY)

Type: Association
Size of library: small-medium
Types of gaming: Scrabble, chess, Yu-Gi-Oh. Coming soon - DDR, euchre, console games.

  • Orange County Library System (FL)

Type: public
Size of library: large
Types of gaming: game circulation, monthly DDR competitions, gaming pods for hourly play time, and Rock Band programs. The gaming project is largely in collaboration with Electronic Arts.
Games: Circulating PS2 and XBox games in the collection, DDR for PS2.
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  • Orland Park Public Library (IL)

Type: public
Size of library: large
Types of gaming: don't offer gaming project anymore. But it's offering a game design workshop and some computer gaming.
Games: Minecraft
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  • Park Forest Public Library (IL)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of gaming: boardgame afternoons and video game days
Games: Gamecube, Playstation 2, XBox and XBox 360 video games for checkout, Mario Kart Double Dash and DDR tournaments beginning in August 2006, CD-ROM games pre-loaded on Youth Services Department public computers
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  • Park Ridge Public Library (IL)

Type: Public
Size of library: Medium
Types of gaming: DDR, Wii, Guitar Hero Open Play, Guitar Hero & DDR tournaments, Game Maker Academy, Scratch Lab, Runescape Party
Games: Gamecube, Wii, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox and Xbox 360 circulating video games, E - Mature; Wii Sports, Mario Party 8, Guitar Hero II & III, DDR Supernova, DDR Max 2, DDR Max, DDR Extreme 2. We do young adult and all-ages gaming programming. Contact:

  • Pasco County Public Library System (FL)

Type: public
Size of library: small
Types of gaming: regular teen game nights and family game nights at several locations
Games: Nintendo Wii, Playstation 2, Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero 2, Taiko Drum Master, Sing Star, dozens of boards games, Twister, Naruto Ninja Challenge, and Internet games such as Runscape, Tactics Arena Online, and Neopets.
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  • Plattekill Public Library (NY)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Type of gaming: Friday Night Gaming Night, Senior Bowl-O-Rama
Games: Nintendo Wii, X Box 360, Call of Duty 3, Metal of Honor European Assault, Wii Sports, Rock Star (Coming Soon), Madden 08 Wii, Halo (with promission slip)
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  • Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (NC)

Type: public
Size of library: large
Types of gaming: monthly gaming events with laptop games, XBOXs and board games; monthly XBOX and wii events; teen gaming events and tournaments through Imaginon
Games: Alienware laptops with PC games, Nintendo Wii, XBOXs, Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero and hundreds of boards games.
website: http://thegamingzone.wordpress.com
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  • River Forest Public Library (IL)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of gaming: drop-in after school program one or two days a week if staff available to mintor room
Games: Nascar; Spiderman; WWF Wrestling; various PlayStation games
Contact: [mailto: [email protected] Magan Szwarek]

  • River Grove Public Library (IL)

Type: public
Size of library: small
Types of gaming: console games...Xbox 360, Wii, Gamecube, PS2, Xbox. Once a week open gaming and frequent tournaments.
Games: Guitar Hero II, DDR, Mario Kart, Mario Party, Halo, NBA 2k8, Wii Sports, Super Monkey Ball.
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  • Rochester Hills Public Library (MI)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of Gaming: Monthly videogame freeplay (Saturday afternoons 3-6) for teens 13-18. Monthly Dungeons & Dragons sessions for teens. Weekly teen hangouts featuring videogames, boardgames, card games, etc.
Games: Super Smash Bros., Naruto, DDR, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, DJ Hero, Mario Kart etc.
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  • Schaumburg Township District Library (IL)

Type: public
Size of library: supersize
Types of gaming: open play (nights); computer games in teen area; starting to circulate games; starting a 'Teen Gamers Group' in Fall 2006; game days with LAN parties; will start podcasting reviews in January 2007
Games: Sims 2, Madden, Tony Hawk, Midtown Madness, Life, and Monopoly on computers; DDR and Karaoke DDR; using Playstation 2 and X-Box systems
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  • Somerville Public Library (NJ)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of Gaming: Game Nights Friday (5th grades and up) for Wii, Xbox/Xbox 360, PS2, Senior Gaming as an Outreach
Games: Guitar Hero, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Halo, Mario Kart, Wii Fit, online games, etc, board games, and Dungeons and Dragons
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  • Sno-Isle Libraries (WA)

Type: public
Size of library: large
Types of gaming: open play; tournaments.

  • PS2 games: DDR Extreme 2, Dance Factory, Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero II, Guitar Hero III, Rock Band I, Rock Band II.
  • Wii games: Mario Party 8, Madden NFL 08, Big Brain Academy, Mario Cart, Mario Strikers Charged, Pokemon Battle Revolution, Wii Sports, Super Smash Brothers, and Wii Play.
  • DS games: Mario Cart, Worms 2, Big Brain Academy, New Super Mario Brothers, Tetris, Elite Beat Agent, Bomberman Land Touch.

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  • St. Joseph County Public Library (IN)

Type: public
Size of library: medium to large
Types of gaming:
Main Branch:

  • Console game open plays and tournaments every 2nd and 4th Saturday (Spring Season), 1st and 3rd Satuday (Fall Season).
  • Tournaments: Mario Kart: Double Dash, Smash Melee Singles and Doubles, DDR (Perfect Attack Style), and Pokemon Battles.
  • Gamecube games: Mario Kart: Double Dash, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Pokemon XD with GCN > GBA connectors
  • GameBoy DS games: Mario Kart DS, Animal Crossing, Tetris
  • PS2 games: DDR Max 1 and 2, Extreme 1 and 2
  • Card games: Yu-gi-oh!

Other Branches:

  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Computer LAN compatible games
  • DDR
  • Yu-gi-oh!

Contact: or

  • Telluride Public Library, Telluride CO

Type:Public
Size of Library: Medium
Type of Gaming:

  • The Juvenile Section has 7 old computers running several dozen games and educational software that get almost constant use. We also have many more kids games and software for circulation. (makes the older gamers jealous.)
  • Teen After School Gaming twice a month. Currently using employee's xbox and PS2 hooked up to projectors in the program room.
  • A new computer in the YA section loaded with donated and free games.

Games:

  • For the little ones we have a ton; The Magic School Bus collection, Super Duper Music Looper, and the classic Oregon Trail to mention a few. We even have games En Espaniol.
  • For the console after school program, no M games, then whatever the players bring in from home. Current big hits include; Tekken Tag, Magic: Battlegrounds, StarWars Battlefront II, (no library investment... yet...)
  • As for computer games; AOE II, CIV III, Riven, Risk II, and a bunch of free downloads like Scorched Earth 3D.

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  • Tigard Public Library (OR)

Type:Public
Size of Library: Medium
Type of Gaming: We had our first Teen GameFest in July 2006. The library purchased both a PS2 and a GameCube console and 2 DDR Mats. It was very successful with approximately 30 teens participating. We plan to do it again in October, and perhaps have them quarterly if not more often.
Games: DDR Extreme 2, Mario Kart Double Dash, Super Smash Brothers, and lots of board games, including Life, Monopoly, Fact or Crap, Chess, playing cards, etc.
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  • University Park Public Library (IL)

Type: public
Size of library: small
Types of gaming: board games, mostly for youth; card games for the monthly senior meetings
Games: for youth, bingo, Chutes & Ladders, Candyland, Uno, checkers (Chinese and American), puzzles, and whatever is on the computer; Connect Four; for seniors, bingo, PoKeNo, Big, Whist, Spade; on the computer, Solitaire, Bejeweled, etc.; Monopoly
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  • Vernon Area Public Library (IL)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of gaming: plan to offer a game day program in Fall 2006
Gaming: probably Euro games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne; plus open gaming; would also like to do some easy, fun group card games like Apples to Apples and Bang
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  • Virginia Beach Public Library System (VA)

Type: public
Size of library: medium to large
Types of gaming: video and board games
Gaming: Regular teen gaming nights, multi-generational gaming programs, annual summer gaming tournaments for teens
Games: For Playstation 2: DDR Super Nova, Madden07, NBA2k8, Rock Band, Guitar Hero II, Guitar Hero III, Soul Calibur III
For Ninento Wii: Deca Sports, Mario Ware Smooth Moves, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Wii Sports, Zelda Twilight Princess
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  • Waco-McLennan County Library (TX)

Type: public
Size of Library: medium
Types of Gaming: console video games (PS2, Gamecube, Wii) and board games Games: Mario Kart, Supersmash Brothers, Wario Ware: Smooth Moves, Wii Sports, Raving Rabbids, DDR, and adding more. Also Scrabble, Chess, Checkers, assorted other classic board games.
Contact: [mailto: [email protected] Gillian Wiseman]


  • Weslaco Public Library (TX)

Type: Public
Size of library: Medium
Types of Gaming: Wii console gaming, summer Smash Bros tournaments, board games, & weekly Dungeons & Dragons sessions
Games: Chess sets, dominos, Dungeons & Dragons (core rulebooks, dice, minis, & maps), Go, Letter Jam, Pictureka, playing cards, Quickword, Scattergories, Scrabble, Scrambled States of America, and Wii games.
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  • Westmont Public Library (IL)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of gaming: console video games and board game days
Games: all board games (including Candyland and Risk); DDR; Mario Kart Double Dash; Lego Star Wars; Rock Band; Wii Sports.
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  • West Palm Beach Public Library (FL)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of gaming: console video games and hand held video games
Games: DDR, Gran Tursimo and Madden on PS2s. Trauma Center on the DS. Naruto and Star Wars on the GameBoy Advance.
Contact:


  • Wilmette Public Library (IL)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of Gaming: Monthly Open Gaming Nights, Bi-monthly DoubleDash Tournaments, game design classes
Games: Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros., DDR, Simpsons Road Range, Retro Gaming, etc.; board games; for youth: Dora, Candyland, etc.
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  • Yorba Linda Public Library (CA)

Type: public
Size of library: medium
Types of Gaming: Monthly Open Gaming Nights for PS2, Nintendo Wii and board games, game tournaments
Games: DDR, Guitar Hero, Super Mario Galazy, etc.; board games
Contact: