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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Get Ready to Party!

The Mountain View Public Library is getting ready to launch our new Video Game Collection, and we're having a party to celebrate!

This Saturday, October 16th, from 2-4 pm in the Community Room we will have video games to play, food, drinks, music, and more! We will have three game stations and lots of games to play. Bring a couple of friends and play Mario Kart, or try your hand at lots of other games, like Tiger Woods Golf, or Shaun White Snowboarding!

The party is free, open to kids in grades 6 through 12, and sponsored by the Friends of the Mountain View Library. Many thanks to the Library's fabulous Teen Advisory Group for helping plan the party and making the great fliers!

At the end of the party the video games will be available to teens at the party to check out. The Library's collection will include Wii and DS games that will check out for 7 days with one renewal (as long as there aren't any holds on the title). The games will be available to the general public starting on Monday, October 18th.

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  1. Hi! I was just looking through the video game collection in the catalog this morning. It's really awesome that you are doing this! I do have one suggestion though... for the DS games I think in the future more games should be bought that don't rely on saving for having fun. I say this because Dragon Quest and Pokemon (although they are super cool) need the save in the DS game in order to progress. And at least Pokemon, only has one save so... as soon as the person brings it back in someone else will have to overwrite that save. This means that while its cool to be able to play it, it will be hard to finish the whole thing in 7 days. Besides that I think this is a great idea and I'll be visiting the library today for sure!

  2. Hi mysticeden, thanks for the feedback, I'm glad to hear you're excited about the new collection!
    We did try to buy a variety of games, based in large part on patron feedback we got via a survey we conducted over the summer. And we debated about having the loan period for the games be 4 weeks instead of one week, based on the point you made about not having enough time to complete the game.
    In the end we decided that the Library's video game collection is more of a chance for people to try different games and have a chance to play them for 7 days, but isn't about giving people enough time to play the game from start to finish. After all, some games could take hundreds of hours - I'm still working on the last six stars in Super Mario Galaxy and I've had it for a couple of years! It's a different situation than say, a book, where you do expect to read from start to finish.
    Our primary concern was trying to make sure that the reserve lists didn't get completely out of hand and take months to work through. By limiting the loan period to 7 days we're trying to provide access to the material to a larger number of library patrons. It's similar to how we limit the computer use to 90 minutes each day in an attempt to give more people access to the computers.
    Thanks as always for the feedback!

  3. That makes a lot of sense. Especially about the reserve list as I've seen it get a bit crazy lol. I have been using the DS games as a trial or demo to see if I like the game enough to buy. This means I'm now saving up for Dragon Quest IX haha. Thanks again for this great addition to the library!