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Anna-Marie McLemore is visiting Tulare County Library's Visalia Branch!

It's official! She's coming HERE! YA author will be visiting the Visalia Branch Saturday, July 8th. She'll sign books, talking about the art of writing, her writing process, the publishing industry, 
and she will be signing books too!  

(I'll try not to fangirl too hard. . . )



Virtual Reality @ Tulare County Library

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Hey! IT'S HEEEEERE!!!!!!!!!!



Deborah Lynch
Communications Officer
(916) 651-6452

June 7, 2017


 

Virtual Reality Arrives in California Libraries

Sacramento, Calif. — Libraries have long served as a place to explore new subjects and learn about the world. A new collaboration between the California State Library and Oculus VR, a division of Facebook Inc., will bring virtual reality technology to patrons in nearly half of the library jurisdictions throughout California.
“Oculus is proud of our work with the California State Library and Califa to make virtual reality technology available through local libraries,” said Cindy Ball, program manager for Oculus Education. “Californians will gain access to a wide range of enhanced services, from curriculum that takes students into outer space to providing hands-on training in skills like engine repair and beyond.”
            “Virtual Reality is a generational leap in the services that our libraries provide” said California State Librarian Greg Lucas. “Just as computers have become a critical part of our libraries, this generous gift from Facebook and Oculus will bring new technology to libraries from Redding to San Diego.”
Each of the participating library systems will be awarded one or two Rifts and Oculus Ready PCs from Facebook and Oculus free of charge. Alongside the virtual reality equipment, libraries will be provided online training and the opportunity to also receive free or reduced cost virtual reality programs and equipment. Libraries will receive their equipment and training this month and will be able to begin offering virtual reality programs in late June or early July.
This project is managed by Califa, a nonprofit, and is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.
 “I think this VR project demonstrates what libraries do so well with new technologies,” said Paula MacKinnon, Interim Director of Califa, the non-profit managing the project. “We start curating the exceptional, the compelling, and the intriguing educational content that is newly being published and provide our communities with the means to enjoy it— for free.”
Partial funding also comes from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.
John MacLeod, Executive Director of New Media Learning, which developed the pilot project of this new system at the Marin County Free Libraries, noted that the arrival of this new technology in California libraries will not only benefit Californians, but also the companies pioneering the new technology.
“There will be a community space where people can come together, experience virtual reality, and help shape how that medium will be developed over the coming years” said MacLeod.
Check here to see if your library jurisdiction is a part of the Virtual Reality Experience Project: Participating Libraries.
(We are!)
(And we're so excited!!)
Califa is a not-for-profit membership cooperative serving libraries and information organizations in California. Established in 2004 with LSTA funding from the California State Library, Califa collaborates with members and provides leadership for cooperative negotiations to help ensure that members receive quality information resources.


About the State Library: Founded in 1850, the California State Library has an extensive collection of documents from and about the state’s rich history, ranging from books, maps, miners’ diaries, newspapers and periodicals to photographs, paintings and posters. The State Library also holds federal and state publications and is home to both the Bernard E. Witkin State Law Library and the Braille and Talking Book Library.  www.library.ca.gov


Teen Art Workshops & Movies this Summer

 Afterwards, if you want to hang out and draw, or play D&D, you are welcome! 


Ahh summer! What would summer vacation be without movies? 
Enjoy teen films this summer with the AC blasting, popcorn, and soft drinks. 

Teen Game Days at the Visalia Branch this Summer


Got game? So do we. Loads of them. So join us for our free & fun gaming get-togethers this summer. Gamers from noob to Deity level are welcome.  If you have your own games you would like to share, bring them! 

--Carrie

Teen Poetry Contest

Teen Poetry Contest
Visalia Branch Library
For poets age 14 through 17



 CONTEST RULES:
¨ Poem must be an original work (any topic).  
¨ Maximum length of poem: one page.
¨ One entry per poet.
¨ Poem may be hand written (legibly!) or typed.
¨ Write your name, your age, and phone number on your poem submittal. 
¨ Let us know if the library can display the poem with your name and age. 
¨ Two prizes awarded: 
¨ Prize #1 for a poem written in a traditional form (such as sonnet, villanelle, haiku, etc.)
¨ Prize #2 will be awarded to a non-traditional poem.
¨ All remaining poems will be placed in a random drawing for a third prize. 

Submit your poems in April at the Children’s reference desk.
Last day for entry is Friday, April 28, 2017 at 5:45pm.
Prize winners contacted on Friday, May 5. 2017.

Teen Tabletop Gaming & new Dungeons & Dragons Group


Are you a teen between 13 and 19? Interested in learning how to play Dungeons and Dragons (or, if you speak geek, D & D) or other tabletop games like Settler of Catan or Betrayal at House on the Hill? Or are you a tabletop gamer looking for some friends to game with?

We invite teen players of all levels to join our group of teen tabletop games.  We’re gaming in the Blue Room on Thursday, May 18th at 4:00pm. Join our fledgling group of D & D players, as we craft our characters and begin gameplay.  (D & D is an RPG game originally published in 1974, and has been recently repopularized by the eerie Netflix series Stranger Things.


Or start a quick game of Apples to Apples, Exploding Kittens, or One Night Werewolf.  Or learn a new game. Or watch and learn. Snacks will be served—we never game on an empty stomach! This is event is free and generously sponsored by the Friends of the Tulare County Library. Registration is not required—just show up!


TEEN SUMMER INTERNS WANTED

SUMMER INTERNS WANTED
Get valuable job experience at the library!

  
The Tulare County Friends of the Library are offering a Scholarship to three teen summer interns who will assist with our
 Summer Reading Program!

Teens ages 14-19 are welcome to apply.

Interns must be available Tuesday, June 13th though Saturday, July 22
Interns receive a Friends of the Library scholarship of $300
Applications are available at the Children’s and Adult Reference desks and on the Teen Bulletin Board.

Return your application to the Children’s Reference desk 
by  May 6th, 2017.
The top candidates will be interviewed beginning May 19th.


Without our teen volunteers, we could not offer such a successful Summer Reading Program each year. 

Our Teen Summer Reading Interns will take on the responsibility of training, coaching, and scheduling our wonderful volunteers during our busiest time of the year. 

Please email any questions about the internship to Carrie Wilson, the Youth Services Librarian at 
carrie.wilson@tularecountylibrary.org.