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January 30, 2007

We're Gaming at OCLS!

Did you know that the Orange County Library System has got game? Well, we do! Come into any OCLS location and learn about our unique video gaming opportunities.

So what types of gaming services do we offer? Well to start with, we have a collection of games that can be checked out for one week. Just come into any library location and check out what titles are on the shelf. Due to the popularity of games they cannot be reserved online but why not come into any of our locations and grab a game and take a computer class or enjoy a program while you’re there!

Once you’ve checked out your game if you find that one week is not enough game time then login to MyOCLS and renew your title for another week. Still not enough? Then renew one more time for a total of 3 weeks of non-stop playing. Currently, we carry Playstation and Xbox titles that are rated “E” for “Everybody.” Keep your eyes peeled not only for new game titles being added to the collection for Playstation and Xbox but also for Nintendo DS.

Don't have a gaming console of your own? Well, we've got that covered as well. If you are a library cardholder who is 17 years old or younger you can play at three of our branch locations; Main, Herndon, or West Oaks. Just bring in your library card, check out 2 tokens, and play using our “gaming pod.” Each “gaming pod” includes a Playstation2 console and a “game of the day.” Bring a friend and play together. It’s just that easy!

Are you a teen or do you know a teen who wants to get together and play with other gamers? Then grab your gear and head out to one of our monthly gaming nights that feature Dance Dance Revolution and open game play on a variety of gaming consoles. Call us at 407.835.READ to obtain a list of gaming nights or check our online calendar to see all the cool teen programs currently available. You can also view our teen gaming webpage or request to be a friend on our myspace teen gamer profile.

Did you see the OCLS booth at the Orlando Science Center for Otronicon this past month? Well, we were there! We visited with over 2,600 gamers and showed them all we have to offer. Resources highlighted included: Playaways (pre-loaded audio books complete with MP3 player), My Library DV, Online Databases, Virtual Classes, and much, much more. Want to relive the experience? Check out our video promo of the event!

Did you know that gaming at OCLS is expanding? Recently we received a grant from Electronic Arts to fund our Extreme Technology for Teens project. With this funding we will be expanding our gaming pods and game nights to all 15 of our locations. Each location will receive a Nintendo Wii and Microsoft XBox 360 for their gaming pod and gaming programs. Not only will we be providing gaming consoles but also gaming events that will focus on making careers out of the field of gaming. By showcasing schools and businesses we hope to show our teens what types of careers are available to them in the future.

Games are not the only way to get your gaming buzz on. Check out our teen clubs such as our Animanga Club, or better yet join Teen Voices and have a voice on the types of programming you’d like to see happen at OCLS. Want to contribute virtually? Then connect with other Techie teens on our Techno Teens blog. Looking for a good read? Then take a look at all the cool gaming titles we have available for checkout. Want to know how to build your own video game, or better yet, how to make a career in gaming? Then take a look at our collection and watch your horizon widen. It’s all here at your local library!

Don’t be afraid to get your game on at OCLS!

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