Not your parents' console: Gaming goes retro at Fairfield Public Library

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Before iPhones and online gaming, kids were enamored with finicky Atari joysticks, pixelated tank combat and Colonel Mustard in the study with the candlestick.

This week, the Fairfield Public Library is giving young readers a glimpse into classic gaming glory with the Retro Games Rock program.

The program showcases video games many kids have only heard about from their parents. However, it also features some classic board games. These, according to educators, are important to teen development.

"I think board games are really important for teens because they're sitting across from people, they're playing, interacting with each other," says Jennifer Laseman, head of teen services at Fairfield Public Library. "It encourages healthy competition too, usually. So I always like to incorporate board games in my programming with teens too."

Young people from sixth through 12th grade can check out the exhibit every day this week between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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