Wow, a Wii in the library? What is a Wii? It is an interactive gaming system made by Nintendo. The system is new to the gaming world as it is interactive which means the player actually has to work his whole body to play the game. Why in the library? After attending a workshop on changes in libraries, the statement was made that you have to get them in the building before you can educate them as to what is available. It was stated that kids today are wired...wired into the Internet, the telephone with text messaging, into their ipods, or cd players. They communicate via chat lines such as MSN, and Yahoo, they text message, they communicate through the new online gaming systems, all the while listening to music, watching movies, and visiting. If we as a library are going to survive, we have to change with the times and allow people to use their electronic devices. Thus, the Wii and Xbox have made their ways into the library. Already it is working....kids are coming in who didn't know we existed before and they are getting library cards and checking out books.
This is an experiment. It may fail, but if it gets one kid in the door, checking out books and reading, then it is a success. Wish us luck. We only have one system going at this time as our television had to be returned as it was defective. But soon, there will be a choice of an Xbox or a Wii. Come in and see the changes.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Another year for the Summer Reading Program "Going Bananas at Your Library" has come to a successful end at the Canby Library. This years program started on June 11 and ended on August 11, 2007. We had 30 participants reading a total of 265 hours. There were 8 participants who completed 20 hours. The 20 hour readers were: Morgan Crowser, Jacob Crowser, Jennifer Denelsbeck, Kevin Gingles, HollyHayden, Kaitlin Barcoe, and Haley Barcoe. Prizes were given for each 2 hours read so there were incentives to keep going all summer. Congratulations to those who finished reading 20 hours.