This is the perfect example of using technology to make learning fun. The Central Mississippi Regional Library System is trying out a new “trick” to encourage people to visit their libraries. Their weapon? The ubiquitous Nintendo Wii!

If you are like the average person, you probably have not stepped into your public library since you got out of school ““ when you were “forced” to do so. But now, you have a different reason to visit one, at least if you reside in Central Mississippi. The Central Mississippi Regional Library System has started a program by which a Nintendo Wii goes around the different libraries in the area. In addition to this, the individual libraries are adding a new group of items to their collections ““ Wii games!

It is not all about playing video games, though. After all, the library is mainly for books. So what the staff has done is to provide lists of books that are related to the video games. For example, if you are playing tennis (Wii Sports), you could browse through a list of books relating to tennis and if you need further information on the topic, you can actually borrow the book.

I think it is a clever way of exposing people to the wonders that a library holds. I love video games, for sure, but I also know the value of books and reading. If you can combine the two in a creative way, then why not? I am just hoping more libraries can take up this tactic.

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