Explore Learning Pathways: Gaming for Children

Our hometown libraries offer a tsunami full of gaming-rich resources, both online and in print, for learners of all ages. But on this Pathway eager explorers, between the ages of 0 to 12 (and their Summer Learning Coaches), will enjoy learning ways to build bigger and better in Minecraft, how to play chess, for real!, or find fun new games for family game night! 

So pull down your learning swim cap, and let's get started with Gaming for Children!

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MinecraftThe Big Book of Minecraft by Trevor Talley

This book is packed with the most recent training, tools, and techniques to help readers get more out of their favorite sandbox game. From a brief overview of the game to advanced farming, mining, and building techniques, this guide touches on everything "Minecraft" enthusiasts could ever ask for.

ClassicGamesThe Kids' Guide to Classic Games

Provides instructions and rules for classic indoor and outdoor children's games.



StartingChessStarting Chess by Harriet Castor

Explains the rules of chess, how to use your pieces, and tips on strategy and winning.




JoyLuckThe Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

In 1949, four Chinese women--drawn together by the shadow of their past--begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club--and forge a relationship that binds them for more than three decades.

InsigniaInsignia by S.J. Kincaid

Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet.

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MinecraftebookMinecraft books!

Links to a catalog search for 30+ Minecraft ebooks!







Looking for more books and DVDs on these subjects?
Our catalog can help!










Attend Free Library Programs

Check the PLS online library calendar to find more gaming programs.





Explore These Internet Resources

Build in your browser with this team-up game from Lego and Google Chrome:

Build with Lego and Chrome

NASA Kids' Club:

NASA Kid's Club



For more gaming resources available at your library, check out WORD magazine and the Explore Learning Pathways lists on the OverDrive homepage.

Check out our new Pioneer Library System Connect app! With your library card number and 4-digit PIN you'll be able to:

  • Search for Print & eBooks;
  • Place holds on Print & eBooks;
  • Retrieve eBooks that are ready for download;
  • Using OverDrive® Read technology, open & read eBooks directly in the PLS Connect app;
  • Renew Print & eBooks, that are eligible for renewal;
  • Return eBooks before the expiration date;
  • Easily get program & event information for your library.

Available for App Store for Apple and Google Play for Android.

As always, if you don’t see the resources for the particular goal you have in mind, your hometown librarian will be happy to help!