Libraries are often looking for a way to get the community more involved in the library, and gaming is a great way to do that. And the Nintendo Wii makes an awesome console for libraries because it can be social and collaborative. Here, we’ll take a look at 50 fun and educational ways to use the Wii in your library.
Use the Wii to get patrons in your door with these events.
- Classic game night: With the virtual console, you and your patrons can play and reminisce about classic games.
- Family play night: Use this family-friendly console to bring families together in your library.
- Harry Potter Party: Bring Potter fans in with the books and a chance to play Billy the Wizard on the Wii.
- Pokemon Battle Revolution Tournament: Let your patrons link their Ninendo DS devices and play against each other on the big screen.
- Going away party: Have fun with library staff that is going away by playing the Wii.
- Painting party: Play around with the doodle function and see if you and your patrons can emulate famous works of art.
- Puzzle play: Encourage collaborative work by solving photo puzzles on the Wii.
- Carnival night: Create a tiny carnival in your library with the Wii’s Carnival Games.
- Comic book night: If you don’t have comic books, bring some in, and ask patrons to dress up and come play the Marvel Ultimate Alliance game.
- Laser tag: Turn your Wiimotes into laser tag tools.
- Kid instruction night: Let kids teach adults how to play games on the Wii.
Bring out the competitive side of your patrons with these contests.
- Dance Dance Revolution contest: You’ll get lots of kids to visit the library with a Dance Dance Revolution party.
- Compete against other libraries: Pit your patrons against others in libraries across town or around the world for some friendly competition.
- Literary Mii contest: Ask your patrons to create Miis of their favorite literary figures and award the most creative ones.
- Big Brain Academy challenge: Get patrons to play this game, and give prizes to anyone who beats a certain score.
Use Wii games to create a theme night for educational topics.
- Trauma Center: With Trauma Center, you can dicuss medical conditions and various figures from medical history.
- History of racing: With MarioKart for the Wii, you can play and discuss racing through the years.
- Music education: Pick up a copy of Rockband to introduce music education to the library.
- Military history: Discuss World War II military flight with Blazing Angels Squadrons of WWII.
- Physical education: With the Wii Fit, you can spark an interest in physical education and therapy.
- Football history: Play football on the Wii and take the opportunity to share football history.
- Cookbooks: Use Cooking Mama to highlight cookbooks your library may have available.
- Agatha Christie: With Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None, you can take an in-depth look at Agatha Christie’s works.
- Geography: With the Wii’s news and weather channels, you’ll have an interactive globe at your disposal.
- Current events session: Teach patrons how important current events are using the Wii news channel’s news slideshow.
- Gaming history: Use the virtual console to get patrons to take a look back into gaming history.
- Golf: Play Wii Golf and research famous golfers. You can even make miis of them.
- Sea Monsters: Use Sea Monsters to take a look at underwater life.
Your AV department will love these ideas.
- Foldable interactive displays: Take interactive displays for your library anywhere with this hack.
- Internet presentation: Use the Wii’s Internet feature as an alternative to a projector.
- Library slideshow: Promote some of your library’s great photos by loading them onto the Wii’s photo slideshow.
- Share images: Post images to your Wii message board so patrons can see them.
- Virtual reality: You can use the Wiimote for experiments in virtual reality.
- Mouse: Use your Wiimote as a mouse. This is especially helpful for presentations.
- Digital whiteboard: Use your Wiimote to turn your laptop into a digital whiteboard.
- Finger tracking: Show patrons the power in their fingertips with this cool trick.
News & Weather
Take advantage of the Wii’s news and weather channels in your library.
- Stay updated on the weather: Leave the weather channel up to keep your patrons updated on the weather outside.
- Share news around the world: With the Wii’s news station, you can highlight world news.
- Constant news ticker: Keep your Wii on the news channel’s opening screen, and you’ll have an ongoing ticker for the news of the day.
- Large text reader: With the Wii’s large text, you can make it fun and easy for patrons with vision problems to read news stories.
- Geographic visualization: Share the news on the map so patrons can see exactly where it’s happening.
Communication & Information
Use the Wii to gather information and stay in touch with your patrons using the Wii’s communication features.
- Wiimail: Get the console numbers of patrons and send out notices about library wii events and more through your Wii.
- Leave messages: On the Wii message board, you can put up posted memos for all to see.
- Vote: Use the everyone votes channel to see what your library patrons really think.
- Voting competition: See which Mii makes the best predictions on the Everyone Votes channel.
- Submit questions on everyone votes: Let patrons ask a question they really want to know and see if it gets answered.
These are just a few more ways you can put the Wii to work.
- Help seniors play sports: The Wii makes playing sports possible for some senior citizens.
- Game creation project: Gather your technologically-inclined patrons and have them create their own Wii game using WiiWare.
- Librarian Miis: Connect with patrons by creating Miis that look like librarians.
- Orientation: Create a more welcome, collaborative environment at orientations by bringing out the Wii.