We often lament losing children as patrons as they enter their teen years, but many libraries have become popular with this age group by providing opportunities for gaming. This can be too expensive to implement for libraries with limited funds, but if you’ve always wanted to try this, take advantage of the ten $5000 grants ALA is offering those wishing to start or expand literacy-gaming programs for 10-18 year olds.
You may think it’s a bit of a stretch to link literacy and gaming, but as they point out, there are all kinds of literacy that can be addressed by the grant. The grant application looks very straightforward, so fill it out and hopefully your library will soon be filled with enthusiastic future voters who, along with your loyal adult program goers, view you as their community’s center for culture and entertainment. Even if you don’t get the grant, there are some great resources on the application that can help you find a way to start a gaming program at your library.