Hedberg Public Library's gaming club, which meets once a month, currently plays RuneScape and attracts about 30 kids, according to Young Adult Librarian Laurie Bartz.
"I'm of the mindset that the kids who are playing RuneScape really do a fair amount of logical thinking in order to play," she
"There's so many things that kids can learn from video games, and it's done in a way that's non-threatening," she
said, adding that RuneScape players complete tasks that teach lessons about economics, teamwork and social skills.
"A lot of kids who may struggle with traditional learning may learn things from video games without even realizing it," she
Char Sievert, a library/media specialist at JC McKenna Middle School
in Evansville, said such programs are positive, citing her
son as an example.Now an associate webmaster for Google
son's interest in computers was piqued while playing online games.
"That actually was his
hook into technology," said Sievert, who once worried about his
all-night gaming as he
communicated with players from around the world."But, he
was actually learning a lot."