Ask An Agent: How Do You Start a Video Game Club with Limited Money?

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Question: I’m thinking about starting a video gaming club for teens at my library, and we have limited technology. Any advice on how to start one?  




Jan (Moline Public Library) says:

You can invite the kids to bring in their own gaming systems, and provide a TV or video projector for them to hook up to. They are usually willing to bring in their own games and remotes as well. This will also help you get a good idea of what is popular if you are planning to buy your own systems in the future.

Jenni (South San Francisco Public Library) says:

See if a staff member has a game system they would let you borrow for an afternoon or so. Invite the kids to a gaming meetup and ask them what games they’re interested in. A lot of libraries have done tournament-style programs where kids play to see who will be the champion. You could also have one video game running and offer board games for kids to play as they wait or watch.

Natalie (Farmingdale Public Library) says:

For video game clubs, ask your teens if they have games or even consoles they are willing to bring with them to the library. The librarian here who runs a club even asked his friends for TV donations and brought his own consoles until we were able to purchase more. Start small with one TV and a console and use multi-player games. I’ve done this in the past and the teens have no problems waiting their turn. They usually watch each other play and give out words of encouragement. I give them snacks and soda to keep them occupied while they wait.

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