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Explore Learning Pathways: Gaming for Adults and Teens

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 can find a great game to bring your family together, a way to lose yourself in a massive online world, learn chess, or discover what Minecraft or an Xbox is, and what you can do with them!  

So pull down your summer swim caps and let's get started with Gaming for Adults and Teens!

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FantasyFantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: an epic quest for reality among role players, online gamers, and other dwellers of imaginary realms by Ethan Gilsdorf

What could one man find if he embarked on a journey through fantasy world after fantasy world? In an enthralling blend of travelogue, pop culture analysis, and memoir, forty-year-old former D&D addict Ethan Gilsdorf crisscrosses America, the world, and other worlds—from Boston to New Zealand, and Planet Earth to the realm of Aggramar.

CardsThe Complete Book of Card Games

In minutes you can learn to play any of the 100 most entertaining card games as you follow the simple rules, methods of scoring, and hints on skillful play for every game.


ChessThe Chess Player's Bible by James Eade & Al Lawrence

Provides over three hundred examples that demonstrate attacking and defensive strategies in the game of chess and includes annotated 3-D illustrations and basic and advanced tactics of the game.


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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DocDoc: a novel by Mary Doria Russell

After the burned body of mixed-blood boy Johnnie Sanders is discovered in 1878 Dodge City, Kansas, part-time policeman Wyatt Earp enlists the help of his professional-gambler friend Doc Holliday.


MahJonggA Beginner's Guide to American Mah Jong: how to play the game & win by Elaine Sandberg

This book includes simple, easy-to-follow instructions and clear diagrams to walk the reader through each step of the game, including how to select a hand, how to play and how to develop winning strategies.




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Attend Free Library Programs

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



Explore These Internet Resources

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Download Free Magazines Through Flipster
Use Pioneer’s Flipster service to view free digital Gaming magazines on your mobile device or desktop.
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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!