Liberty Public Library Opens Nintendo Switch Gaming Zone For Teens

A group of teenagers try out the new Nintendo Switch game zone at the Liberty Public Library.

The Liberty Public Library is pleased to offer a new service to area teens. Thanks to a Community Advancement Packages (CAP) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, the library now has a play area with a Nintendo Switch and eight exciting games for teens from 13 to 18 years old.

The Switch play area has been set up in the teen section of the library. Four X Rocker Pro gaming chairs and a 100 inch projection screen enhance the fun of playing games, which include Kirby and the Forgotten Land, New Super Mario Brothers U Deluxe, Mario Party Superstars, Super Smash Brothers, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe , Minecraft, New Pokemon Snap and Among Us.

Sony headphones, an Optoma gaming projector, room divider panels to delineate the gaming area, and a moveable cabinet to house all gaming equipment were also purchased with grant funding.

The play area is open during normal business hours and the only requirement to play is a valid Liberty Public Library card. Library cards are free for Texas residents with official Texas ID. New library cards require a parent to complete the library card application. Teens can register to play at the information desk, located next to the teen space. Participants can play solo or in groups of up to four.

The CAP grant of $9,829 was also used for other important library needs, including a new Sharp network printer/copier/fax machine, barcode scanner and receipt printer, Samsung Galaxy tablet and basic office supplies for public needs.

The Liberty Public Library is located at 1710 Sam Houston Street, inside the Geraldine D. Humphreys Cultural Center. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call the library at 936-336-8901.

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