I had 17 attendees at my Teen Space program last night. At least 3 were because I announced we would be playing Magic: The Gathering during the program. When I mentioned the word “tournament” they were SO excited.
I’m still working on it -_-
So, Teen Space is a 2 hour program EVERY SINGLE Monday and Wednesday at my library where teens can come and hang out, play a variety of video games, use library laptops, and play board games, card games, and now their favorite collectible card game.
I love playing Magic at work!!
I am attempting to organize an informal competitive free-play tourney for January. Game/Comic stores are very difficult to communicate with, turns out! But I will have a tournament for these teens no matter what!!
My teens are very good at involving each other in their gaming experiences, especially non-video game formats. The core group of regulars taught a new preteen how to play Settlers of Catan! They ask each other to practice Yu-Gi-Oh or teach them Magic or Vanguard. I’m considering purchasing the non-collectible-card-game/deck-building-style Ascension, and I’m sure they will thrive learning a new game from scratch. I am so proud of them :_:
I feel like having more programs with trading card games is a great way to reach a new audience of library users as well. These teens are in the library. They heard my announcement. Their friends come to Teen Space or my teen writing group. They just didn’t know that there was a place at the library where they could play Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh! I’m trying my best to reach out to them!
I love surprising my patrons, especially the teens. When I make something happen that they didn’t expect..I love it.