This Spring Break season, join the Learning Labs for our third annual all-ages Game Jam!

Game jams are events where participants make a video game, card game, board game, tabletop game, or hybrid game, often based on a theme or concept during a specified timeframe. The theme and rules for the Game Jam will be announced on March 1st, 2024, at 9 am on our social media accounts and website. Submissions will be accepted until April 19th at 12 pm. Register early on our Game Jam 2024 itch.io page.

Interested in participating in our Game Jam but don’t know where to start? Join us on March 2nd and 3rd, 2024, from 1 to 4 pm, at the Norcross Branch for our GameDev studio event to find out how you can get started. Check our Events Calendar for what sessions to expect.

Then, join us on May 4th, 2024, at the Lawrenceville Arts Center’s Free Comic Book Day event for our GameDev Showcase, where you can play selected games from this year’s Game Jam, meet their creators, and learn how to get started making your own game.

All events are free and open to the public.

To play last year’s game submissions, visit our itch.io page. All games are free and playable without an account.

Library Resources at GCPL for Game Developers and Designers

The Gwinnett County Public Library’s Learning Labs have many free resources to help game developers and designers, including access to Adobe Creative Cloud, Blender, drawing tablers, and audio and video recording studios. We also offer coding classes to help you get started in Scratch, Python, C#, or the Unity game engine. Access to our Learning Labs is free with a library card. Out-of-county patrons can purchase a full-access library card for $40 a year.

For more information on getting started with game design and development, visit our LibGuide: https://lib.gwinnettpl.org/learninglab/gamedev

Learning Labs Specialists are also on staff to help! Book-a-Librarian or make a reservation to use the labs at www.gwinnettpl.org/learninglabs/

Have a question? Send us an email at learninglabs@gwinnettpl.org