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Brooklyn Public Library Turns Into 'Library Lanes' Virtual Bowling Alley For Older Adults

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- It's a strike -- in a good way.

Older Brooklynites are getting into virtual bowling.

The Brooklyn Public Library was transformed into a virtual bowling alley for older adults.

"I found out I could still bowl. I used to really bowl at one time," Trudy Johnson told CBS2's Vanessa Murdock.

"It's much easier and much more fun to me," Joanne Swain added.

More fun she said, because the strikes go down easier.

"I want to see the strike on the screen," she said.

Spares happen too, and gutter balls.

It's part of Library Lanes, 12 branches across the borough connect via the internet and an X-Box.

Program coordinator Taina Evans said it serves the library's mission of lifelong learning by introducing new technology.

"Gaming technology that you won't readily find available to older adults throughout the borough," she said.

The tournament of champions whittled twelve teams down to two, pitting Team Macon against Team Central on the other side of Brooklyn.

"We out to win," Swain said.

The first game went to Team Macon, but to secure a championship it's a best of three.

Game two went to Macon as well, making them the first ever champions of Library Lanes.

"I love the fact that we all come together," Tina Andrews said, "There's a lot of love here."

A lot of love and a lot of happiness. So much more has come out of Library Lanes than was ever planned

Brooklyn Public Library hopes to expand Library Lanes to more branches by the fall.

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