Retro Gaming events are great for public libraries. This program is fun, loud, and active. It presents an opportunity for everyone to connect through a shared interest. Mom is showing kids the Atari 2600 she played in the late 70s, teens are showing dad their favorites games on by-gone consoles. Everyone is interacting, engaging, and learning. Nostalgia abounds!
And a simple display can accomplish much of the same magic. Identify people in your community who have retro consoles or games and provide a secure area for them to display their treasures in the library. Between the consoles and controllers and games and artwork, these displays are highly engaging, and the conversations that result are priceless.
Public libraries are about connecting people and ideas, and the opportunities presented by retro gaming are endless.