Game central

23 November / Gaming zone

No more Mr Quiet Guy

The libraries of today are no longer places where silence is expected. In fact, they are now places that encourage fun, participation and collaboration. But they still need to provide quiet spaces for people who need to study or who want to escape the noise.

So then what should you consider when deciding where to place the gaming zone within a library?

Firstly, you need to take the other users into account. The gaming zone needs to be in an area that is far away or separated from the study area so as not to disturb the people seeking peace and quiet. Secondly, it needs to be given sufficient space to accommodate games that require kids to move around and games that are played in groups.  Lastly, the furniture needs to create a relaxed environment where children can play either sitting down or standing up.

Slagelse Public Library, Denmark
Slagelse Public Library, Denmark
Slagelse Public Library, Denmark

There's a superhero in every child

23 November / Gaming zone

Nes Public Library, Norway

Bring that superhero to life through the exciting world of gaming

<p>Today’s library is a place where children can engage with popular culture and immerse themselves in learning as well as entertainment.</p> <p>A gaming zone within a library needs to reflect the exciting worlds that games take place in.  Make use of graphics, vivid colours and bold furniture to bring the games to life.  Carpeting can also be used to define the zone. Not only does a carpet provide acoustic advantages, it also gives children the freedom to take off their shoes and really get involved in the fun and games.</p> <p>Distinctly theming the area, makes it clear to the users who the space is intended for and gives older children and teens ownership of the area.</p>