La Ronge’s Alex Robertson Public Library is asking tri-community residents to donate video games as part of a new initiative.
“Pretty much all of the major libraries have been doing this for at least eight years,” Administrator Sean Stares said. “The library is transforming more into a community hub where we want to offer something for everyone.”
The new video game section is meant to provide a service to the region which is not yet offered, as well as serve as a purpose to get more people to visit the facility. Last year, Stares donated his Xbox One console to the library and he noted it has since become quite popular with students. He added, students are allowed access to the games when classes aren’t in session and more people have been coming to the library after school since introducting it.
Stares also said the way people use libraries is changing from how it was in the past. When libraries started offering graphic novels, he said there was some push back as some people believe libraries are solely a place for books. The video game section fills a gap in the community, Stares added, as it provides access to content some people can’t afford.
“We want to get people in who don’t usually come and do anything that’s being a service to the community,” he said.
Although there are currently limited options to choose from, library cardholders can borrow the video games in stock for up to a week. There is no charge for the service and any donations can be used for tax purposes.
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