Do your teens play Minecraft on your public computers every afternoon? Ours do. We've been trying to figure out a way to host a Minecraft game for some time at the library and played around with setting up a LAN at a couple of Game Nights, but thought it would be more fun and good outreach to host a world on a more on-going basis. After all, do people have to be in the library to participate in a library program?
Last week we heard Bill Derry from Westport, CT Public Library say, "You don't have to do it all yourselves, tap into a cadre of enthusiasts."
Enter my former Bookmarks, Colby and Callum, both in college now and experienced gamers. With their help, we chose a Minecraft hosting company, set up an account, trouble-shot our initial obstacles,signed up a Beta testing group of eager 8th graders and we're off to the races.
Truth: I would never have been able to do this so quickly without my wing men. Lord only knows how our Minecraft world will evolve. They've all signed waivers for good behavior. Let's hope that doesn't stifle them too much. Let the Games begin!
Here's a great practical article about what you can do in a library Minecraft world.