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Kansas library adds "Wii Wednesdays" to the schedule

The Pittsburgh Public Library in Kansas (not Pennsylvania) purchased a snazzy new Wii, and declared Wednesdays to be "Wii Wednesdays," making it something between a library and a living room. Or old-folks home. But cool, in a way.

The program kicked off a one-and-a-half-month trial phase today. Anyone who shows up to the library during one of the events, which run from 2 to 3:30 p.m., is able to participate at no charge.

As part of the festivities, library employees help participants get active through the mini-games in Wii Sports Resort. And... well, that's actually the whole of the festivities, as the library didn't purchase any additional Wii games.

This is just the latest in a storied history of Nintendo's platform expanding beyond the stereotypical gamer circle and reaching out to those who may have never played a videogame before. You can't knock that.

The Wii was purchased with grant money, so don't think the librarians were putting all your 20 cent late fees in a jar for this occasion. The program runs through the end of February, with the exception of a scheduled day off on January 26 (just in case you happen to live in Kansas, and feel like playing some Wii Sports in the company of books).

[Source: The Morning Sun]

Jan 12, 2011

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10 comments

  • lquessenberry - January 14, 2011 5:56 a.m.

    We've been offering Wii Fit classes for over a year in Jonesboro, AR. Http://www.libraryinjonesboro.org
  • ryanjohnson - January 13, 2011 11:37 p.m.

    Went to college in Pittsburg. I think they're attempting to show interest in the library through other venues. Eventually you are going to be off the console, and whadda ya know..books!
  • librarianmike - January 13, 2011 6:07 a.m.

    I work at the Edmonton Public Library in Edmonton, Canada. We have been running 'Wii Love Thursday' and Teen Gaming for years now.
  • renkun67 - January 13, 2011 4:10 a.m.

    WIIDNESDAYS!!!
  • BadgerWilson - January 13, 2011 3:01 a.m.

    My hometown (pop. 13,000) has a public library that's been holding "Wii wednesdays" for at least a couple of years, now
  • Defguru7777 - January 13, 2011 3 a.m.

    @Usgo Well I live three hours away! ...Oh crap, that's more time.
  • DoctorCrazy - January 13, 2011 2:33 a.m.

    They should add Mad World to the roster.
  • Usgo - January 13, 2011 1:54 a.m.

    hmmm i live 30 minutes from pittsburgh kansas. AWESOME
  • Nap1400 - January 13, 2011 1:36 a.m.

    Why only Wii Sports Resort? It's fun, yes, but there should be more choices, like Super Smash Bros., or even Mario Kart Wii. Or is this another reach into the casual market by the video game industry? -_-
  • Dengar13 - January 13, 2011 1:10 a.m.

    It is the "Pittsburg" Library in Kansas.

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