Thursday, August 27, 2015

One Year of Video Games at the Library

It was just a year ago that the Collinsville Library first adopted video games into the collection. In August 2014 we launched a “Video Game Drive” asking for donations of Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3 games. The collection started off modestly but quickly grew in quantity and quality to become one of the hottest aspects of the library.

Today, one year later, the library has more than 150 video games total and continues to add titles on a regular basis. In just one year, these titles have circulated more than 2000 times! The “current-gen” offerings (PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U) barely stay on the shelf before getting checked out again. Our monthly video game tournaments continue to be one of the most anticipated and well-attended programs we offer. In just twelve months, the tournaments have had more than 250 attendees.

Video games at the library have proven to be a natural fit but it wasn’t until last year that this reality was even a possibility. In celebration of the collection’s one-year anniversary, let’s review some of the seminal moments that have contributed to this success story.

August 2014
Video Game Drive
Mario Kart Wii Tournament
“A Brief History of Video Games” (Multi-part blog series)

September 2014
Collection debut

October 2014
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament

November 2014
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Tournament

December 2014
Current-Gen collection started
Mario Party 9 Tournament
Halo 4 Tournament

January 2015
“Game On!” - Main Floor Front Door Display
Sonic and SEGA Racing Tournament
Weekly Open Wii Gaming for Children Begins

February 2015
Relocation of collection to eagle rotunda display
“Are Video Games Art?” (Multi-part blog series)
Soul Calibur V Tournament

March 2015
“Are Video Games Art?” (Multi-part blog series)
WWE 15 Tournament

April 2015
MLB 15 Home Run Derby Tournament

May 2015
Mario Kart 8 Tournament

June 2015
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Tournament

July 2015
New Super Mario Bros. U Tournament
Guitar Hero III Summer Reading Program Event

August 2015
One-Year Celebration
Mario Party 10 Tournament

There is only more to look forward to as the medium continues to integrate into the library. In the coming months we will be having Splatoon, Street Fighter, and Call of Duty Black Ops III tournaments. Be sure to come in regularly to see what is new on the shelf, what our next tournament will be, and more exciting advancements in one of the library’s youngest offerings.

Posted by Terry Pierson, Library Clerk