Come to the library, check out the Wii

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Thanks to a donation by the Friends of the Lincoln Library, the Lincoln Public Library recently purchased a Wii gaming system. Teen Advisory Group (TAG) members put together a presentation that outlined how the gaming system would attract teens to the library and to TAG. The teens also pointed out that, in addition to the entertainment factor, the Wii systems offer social, education, and fitness components. “The teens made a convincing presentation on the benefits of the Wii to the library. We are happy that we are able to support this program,” said Verna Rowe, Friends of the Lincoln Library. After school, about 30 teens use a variety of library services. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 3 to 5 p.m., the homework center at Twelve Bridges provides tutoring. At the library’s Web site,, teens access live homework help from Brainfuse’s Help Now, databases with information from reference books, newspapers, magazines and language- learning tools. In addition, the library offers a large teen collection that includes classics, career help, graphic novels, audio books and popular materials. “Lincoln has few offerings for teens,” said Julie Miller, library staff and TAG advisor. “The Wii provides teens an incentive to come and hang out at the library. Once here, the books and other services offered keep them here.” Teens who want to use the Wii must keep their library records in good standing and treat the equipment with respect. TAG members oversee the use of the Wii and will plan and host events. The Wii system attracts users of all ages so some programs will include children, adults, and seniors. The TAG group meets at 4 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of the month in the Fir Room at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges. ~ Staff report