To celebrate Older Americans Month, we invited an enthusiastic group of older library patrons to try out our new Microsoft Xbox One Bowling game on Friday morning, May 30, 2014. Everyone seemed to enjoy learning the way the game worked, and cheering on their teammates and opponents. I enjoyed hosting the event and teaching the intricacies of bowling scoring.
Ellen Stein, Jeanne O'Sullivan and Lara Torvi from New York City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) joined us to kick off what we hope will be a long-term partnership to bring creative and social gaming programs to people of all ages and abilities. Thank you to DoITT and the NYC Department for the Aging for all of their support.
Christina Manzella, an Information Commons Librarian, served as our instructor and game master. Thanks, Christina! And thanks to Jesse Montero for making the space available and coordinating the planning process.
Our goal is to form bowling teams to compete against other libraries and senior centers around the city. We will have Xbox One systems at the Central Library and the Macon Library in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Bowling shirts will soon follow.