Minecraft in public libraries for teens and young adults @lgreenpd

Apparently Minecraft is appearing in lots of public libraries.

After Peter Green extended the curiosity of a colleague(?) to twitter I caught his blogged sharing of the three examples that were tweeted back: Minecraft bringing teens into the public library.

I suspected there would be quite a few more, and I wondered whether anyone has contributed case studies or analyses to the traditional professional literature. As Peter hasn’t yet updated or received comments I went searching. EBSCO’s LISTA offered articles that made glancing mentions, but nothing more. The blogosphere (new professional literature) was more productive, offering three perspectives for Peter’s question on whether it will draw teens to the library:

On the YALSA blog, Jessica Schneider’s helpfully detailed discussion of her program mentions that it was “a hit, with about 14 teens attending”:

Back in 2011, NYPL’s New Canaan Library’s building competition in Minecraft apparently attracted a younger crowd; Gretchen Kolderup reported in her blog–again with wonderfully shared detail. (thank 8-Bit Library for the pointer)

When Brenda Hough wrote about Silver Lake, Kansas’ Minecraft offerings at techsoup for libraries, they were attracting mostly ‘middle school students’ apparently because the library set up with MinecraftEdu:

Google listed a bunch more public libraries offering some sort of Minecrafting activity. Gathering them to add to Peter’s list, could I gather an A-Z?:

5 comments on “Minecraft in public libraries for teens and young adults @lgreenpd

  1. I will gladly share the numbers of kids/increase of library use after a minecraft competition with you. Thanks for including us in your list 🙂 Baxter Memorial Library

    • Did the kids only print their pictures on paper, or send you screen shots digitally? I’m trying to have Tweens show off their creations on our big screen somehow. Files saved on thumb drives, loaded onto our laptop attached to LCD Projector? Think it will work, ideas anyone?

  2. Thanks for including the Astoria Library on your list as well! We’re trying to recreate our 100+ year old Carnegie building as our Minecraft “build” this summer. Beats dodging zombies in a torch lit cave 🙂

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  1. […] Libraries are getting in on the action too and finding Minecraft is a great way to connect with otherwise hard to reach teens and other young people (I know it’s a huge hit in my branch – I often see as many people playing it as browsing Facebook which is saying something!) […]