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September 27, 2013

Gaming for good

Earn community service and volunteer hours by creating and playing video games as part of Peabody Institute Library’s Gaming for Good program, which begins Tuesday at the Main Branch at 82 Main St. in Peabody. Teens ages 11 to 18 are invited to the library from 6:30 to 8 p.m., where they will work in teams or on their own to design video games that can create social change. Gamers will pick an issue they care about, plan a game that raises awareness of their topic and use Scratch software to bring their multimedia games to life. Rosemary Slattery, an expert Scratch instructor, will lead the program and help participants learn the skills needed to make video games. No experience is required, and participation counts toward community service and volunteer requirements. Advance registration is required, as space is limited. For more information or to register, call teen librarian Melissa Robinson at 978-531-0100, ext. 14.

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