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Grants help library expand programs, hire summer interns

Grants help library expand programs, hire summer interns

Know a gamer who wants to design his or her own video game? Or a teen (ages 16 or 17) looking for summer work?

The library might be able to help, thanks to two recently awarded grants from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

The Lockport and South Lafourche branches were each awarded $1,000 YALSA grants earlier this month.

The Lockport Branch’s $1,000 YALSA/Best Buy Teen Tech Week Mini Grant will help the branch implement a video game design camp where area teens will learn the technical and creative skills used by today’s game designers.

The library’s Game Design Camp will allow teens to join a Development Team to create their own role-playing video game throughout March to celebrate Teen Tech Week. The program will allow 20 to 40 Tweens and teens ages 12 to 18 to join a team and design a first-person role-playing game.

Tweens and Teens will learn some of the skills necessary to become animators, level designers, audio artists, story writers, programmers and game testers. They’ll create characters, images, and backgrounds; learn design and function; construct menus; select music and sound effects; learn basic programming and design; and more.

Kristen Angelette, branch assistant at the Lockport Branch, says the program is designed to help teens gain confidence and marketable skills.

“We believe this workshop will assist teens in developing their digital literacy skills and discover opportunities in the fields of computer animation and game design,” she said.

The Game Design Camp will involve five workshop days, each consisting of 30 minutes of general instruction and one to two hours of assisted design work.

Tweens and teens must register to attend, so sign up at the Lockport Branch.

Game Design Camp dates and times are 2 p.m. on March 14 and 28 (both Saturdays) and 4 p.m. on March 11, 18, and 25.