Engaging Teens with Minecraft

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Poudre River Public Library District draws in younger patrons with the popular sandbox video game.
Fort Collins, CO
Amy Holzworth

Poudre River Public Library District librarian Amy Holzworth first learned about Minecraft when she noticed her teenaged sons and their friends enthusiastically toting laptops and network gear to each other's houses to collaborate on building creative virtual worlds in the video game.

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A Small Library Willing to Tackle Big Adventures
Florence, Colorado
Kieran Hixon

As the Office and Cataloging Services Librarian of the John C. Fremont Public Library District in Florence, Colorado, Kieran Hixon is always willing to embrace great new technology for his small, rural library.

Ahead of the Game

How the library and its partners threw out the old ideas of what a “youth center” looks like.
Charlotte, NC
Kelly Czarnecki

As Technology Education Librarian at the ImaginOn Library in North Carolina’s Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (PLCMC) system, Kelly Czarnecki inspires creativity and learning through games, computer programming and multimedia production at a unique cultural institution designed and built specifically for children and young adults.  

Learning without Fear, and a Few Lessons in Between

How a self-­taught techie keeps one library up and running
Hearne, TX
Faye Hover

Faye Hover, the director and IT Manager of the Smith­Welch Memorial Library manages a slim staff—just three full­time librarians—yet manages to offer programs, services, and a lot of heart to the people of Hearne, Texas.