I recently spent a day in the Teen Tech Lab at the McCracken County Public Library in Paducah, Kentucky. Although I wasn’t there for gaming (the library generously allowed the lab to be closed from 9-3 for a technology planning workshop for librarians), I did have a chance to talk to Jay and Roy – the library “tech guys” – about the extensive gaming opportunities provided at the library.
There’s a Runescape poster on the wall in the Teen Tech Lab and Jay says that’s where it all began. He noticed how many kids were playing Runescape on the library computers and realized what a draw gaming could be. Now the library not only allows games on the regular computers, but 10 computers have been dedicated to LAN gaming. It’s not just teens who are interested in the computers, but people in their twenties, thirties, and above gather to play Battlefield and other games, too. And it’s not just computer games, card games and board games are on hand, too.
The Teen Tech Lab is an interesting and innovative environment (and it’s just a piece of the gaming opportunities available at the library). Check out the Flickr photos from my trip to Paducah and visit the library’s website for more information, too.