Virtual Reality at the Visalia Branch Library



Visalia Branch Library has an Oculus Rift & Oculus Touch.  If you’ve ever wanted to try out Virtual Reality technology, you can, thanks to our grant award!* 

Excited? You should be! To say virtual reality is immersive is an understatement. You will feel like you could fall into the Grand Canyon with one misstep. You will really feel like you are experiencing zero G in Mission ISS.  You will want to reach out and touch aliens lifeforms standing right in front of you—or maybe you’ll want to run away!

VR is not just about the amazing experiences, either. We have programs for content creators—you can paint your own masterpiece in Quill, and your own 3D landscapes in Pantheon. 
Some of the content you can experience as a user or creator includes:  
  •   Farlands, an interactive research mission of a gorgeously rendered alien planet
  •  Google Earth, which lets you virtually explore anywhere on Earth
  • ·         Mission: ISS, where you can take a trip into orbit and experience life on the International Space Station!
  • ·         Pantheon, where you can create your own 3D landscapes
  • ·         Through the Ages,  where you can travel along with Barak Obama in Yosemite
  • ·         Quill, which allows you to paint your masterpiece in virtual reality!
Our Oculus Rift experience will open to the public on September 15th in the Homework Center (located in the Children’s Wing) at 4pm.  Please note that the Oculus is not approved for use by children under 13. Patrons aged 13 and older may use the rift for up to 15 minutes at a time on a first come, first serve basis.  

September's Virtual Reality Lab opening is September 29, 2017 from 4-5:30

           Extended hours will be offered in October if interest if our Oculus gets heavy use.
Teens are encouraged to volunteer to help patrons with the Oculus and test out newly downloaded games and experiences. You will get volunteer credit for your time spent in virtual reality! 

*This grant emerged from a partnership between the California State Library and Oculus VR, a division of Facebook Inc. and the project is managed by Califa, a nonprofit. Partial funding also comes from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. 



Teen Advisory Group starts Saturday, September 9th at 3pm

Teen Library Volunteers unite!

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) starts back up on September 9th at at 3pm. 

Saturday, October 7th at 3pm
Friday, November 17th at 4pm
  Saturday, December 2nd at 3pm.

We meet once a month to plan future programs, including Summer Reading Program, our first annual Fallfest, a (possible) Yule Ball, and more! Discuss current teen lit, movies, music, and anything else on your mind. Snacks served! 

In between meetings, teen volunteers can work on a variety of different projects. 

You can: 
  • Shelve
  • Prepare crafts & craft samples for Preschoolers
  • Assemble outreach kits 
  • Create displays and/or artwork for the teen area or kid's area
  • Be a Homework Room monitor
  • Write book reviews or articles for this blog
  • Help out at kid's events like our craft events, the FallFest, Stuffed Animal Sleepover, Dr. Seuss's Birthday Bash, and Star Wars Day
  • Help with our Virtual Reality Lab--
    • this includes installing updates, new games, reviewing games and experiences, and assisting with patron sign-up to use the Oculus Rift and Oculus Touch

We will train you & work around your schedule. You do need to be at least 14 to volunteer, although you may attend & participate in TAG meetings as long as you are at least 13. You must complete and submit a volunteer application. All volunteering, including your participation in the TAG meetings,  counts towards community service projects for school, church or other organizations. 


This free program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the
 Tulare County Library. No registration required. All supplies provided.
Learn more about TAG and other teen events at www.tclteens.org. Involvement in TAG counts toward school and church community service projects, and it is terrific job experience. Not to mention how great it looks on your college applications to be involved with a library advisory group! Most importantly, you’ll make new life-long friends =) 






Teen Art Workshop taught by talented local artist, Ari!

TEEN ART WORKSHOP BY ARI

Future artists between the ages of 13 through 19 are invited to our teen art workshop at the Visalia Branch Library this Friday, July 14th at 3pm in the blue room. Your friendly, talented instructor is Ari, a local artist who specializes in anime style drawings.  

While this interactive workshop is geared toward beginners, artists of all levels are encouraged to attend and share their unique artistic vision. After all, artists are always learning from each other. 

The workshop will open with a brief introduction to three different drawing techniques. Since we all learn differently, not every approach works for every artist! After the basics have been covered, she will talk about paneling, which will be of particular interest to future graphic novelists. We'll wrap up by learning a fun painting techniques that involves toothbrushes. Yes--toothbrushes are tools of the trade! 


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