Library to host computer game-themed party for families
By Jessica Creagan
VERO BEACH -- A computerized game will be the theme of a special upcoming children's programming event at the Indian River County Main Library in Vero Beach.
The Main Library in Vero Beach will host a Minecraft party for children and their families on April 17 beginning at 6 p.m., library staff said.
"Minecraft is huge, absolutely huge," said Patti Fuchs, children's program coordinator for the county library system.
Minecraft is a game available on many different gaming platforms that basically allows players to build their own world by gathering resources for construction.
Although most video games today have highly-detailed and realistic graphics, Minecraft's game screens are filled with 3D cube shapes, some of which are natural materials, such as wood or stone, which can then be crafted into tools or weapons to expand gameplay.
"It's a building game, not as simple as LEGOs, but it's very much a thinking and engineering game, and creative at the same time," Ms. Fuchs said.
"The best part of it that it engages the brain, so they are playing a game and it's good for them too," she said.
Children will have the opportunity to play the computer game on one of six library computers during the Minecraft party, participate in crafts and activities and partake in refreshments, all themed after the cube-centric game.
Registration is required for this event, Ms. Fuchs said.
In the game, players might discover some gold, or wooden sticks, or even a bundle of TNT.
"We're going to have Minecraft snacks too: pretzel sticks like the wood, gold-paper wrapped chocolate, bundles of red licorice for the TNT and some other snacks," Ms. Fuchs said.
One of the library's information technology staffers will also be at the party and can give players some advice if needed.
While some children are playing on the computers, others will be doing the crafts or munching on snacks so everyone has a turn playing the game on the computer, whether they are an experienced player or not, Ms. Fuchs said.
Having a children's library program with a focus on a computer game instead of books doesn't trouble Ms. Fuchs.
"It's the world we live in today," she said.
"The library is about access to information and entertainment, not just about nonfiction and doing your homework. It's about expanding your mind and exploring the world," Ms. Fuchs said.
A game like Minecraft can open doors for young children, expanding on their love of building with blocks and creating roads with their toy vehicles, or creating sculptures in the sand at the beach. Having a program based on something children love that is also good for them is a good thing, she said.
If the program is well received, Ms. Fuchs said she would love to bring a similar program to the North Indian River County Library in the summer or fall.
To register, or for more information about the Minecraft party or other children's programming at any of the libraries in Indian River County, call Ms. Fuchs at (772) 5060 Ext. 4132 or visit www.irclibrary.org.