Sacramento Public Library

Libraries Illuminated

The Art of Frankenstein

An explosive collision of games, technology, the library and media

Libraries Illuminated is a yearlong series consisting of four interactive Library programs. We are taking engaging and enriching Library resources, and tweaking them so that they can work -- and work better -- for a worldwide-streamed audience. To do this, the Library is launching a Twitch channel, and planning events that will take place in-person and online.

Libraries Illuminated Programs

Minecraft SacramentoGamer's Book Club
Board(less) GamesDiscover VR

Minecraft Sacramento

Iconic Sacramento buildings are getting a Minecraft makeover. Local teens will use the archives of the Sacramento Room to guide a redesign of two Sacramento structures: Sutter’s Fort and the downtown library. The Minecraft redesigns will be based on the original construction specs, rather than how they stand today. Watch Sacramento come to life in Minecraft on Twitch.

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Gamers Book Club 

Authors, thinkers and speakers from a wide variety of video gaming topics will join a librarian-led book club focusing on key issues in video game culture, history and creation. Topics to be covered include:

  • What is a game?
  • How are games made?
  • How has gamer culture and identity changed?

The discussions will be streamed, and will feature authors of our selections and related readings. Audience participation is encouraged via Twitch.

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Board(less) Games

Designers, enthusiasts and storytellers who use board games as the medium for their art will come to the Library to discuss their relationship with games. Learn how a game designer balances the mechanics and issues for a game like Magic the Gathering or Dungeons and Dragons.  

Sessions will be live streamed on Twitch and viewers will have the chance to interact with the developers, game masters and designers.

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Discover VR – Coming October

Are you new to virtual reality? Try it out for the first time and have the experience broadcast on Twitch. Are you an early adopter of virtual reality? Experience it in a new way as the Library partners with virtual reality developers and vanguards to discuss the future of this exciting and evolving technology.

Libraries Illuminated is a project of Sacramento Public Library and the California State Library. It is supported with California Library Services Act funding administered by the California Library Services Board.

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