Monday, May 4, 2009

Wii Sports tennis tourny for kids

Students in in grades 3-5 are invited to try their best moves during a Wii Sports virtual tennis match from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Bealeton Library.

Studies have proven that gaming and literacy go hand-in-hand. American Library Association President Jim Rettig says, "Games of every type play an important role in developing fundamental competencies for life. They require players to learn and follow complex sets of rules, make strategic and tactical decisions, and, increasingly, collaborate with teammates and others: all things they will have to do in college and in the workforce."

For these reasons gaming is becoming increasingly popular in the nation's public, school and academic libraries. The Friends of the Fauquier Library recently donated a Wii console, several games, and controllers to the library. Several Wii programs, including a bowling night for seniors, have already been presented at the library and more are being planned.

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