As someone with a competitive spirit and fond memories of acing my local library’s Summer Game challenges in elementary school (those “Read Ten Books & Win A Prize!” forms never knew what hit them), long had I bemoaned the fact that there was never a satisfactory corollary for adults. That pity party ended this summer when I became fully immersed in the Ann Arbor District Library‘s (AADL) Summer Game. Not only was it a great deal of fun, it also proved to be an innovative way to showcase the library’s services, teach information literacy skills, and provide incentives for community members to contribute to the library catalog.
While the grand scale and massive amount of monetary and staff resources might not be feasible for every organization, I believe many aspects or even the useful notion of learning through play, could potentially be re-purposed in many contexts. It’s really up to you and your patrons’ identities and needs. Over the next several days, I’ll be sharing different aspects of AADL’s Summer Game, along with what I found so inventive and, yes, fun.