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Virtual Reality at the Visalia Branch Library

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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 planetGoogle 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 Sta…

October Teen events!

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TEEN EVENTS CALENDAR







October's Book Club selection is Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis

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We will meet in the Blue Room on October 21st at 2pm. We're going to watch the 2007 film based on the book, then talk about both the book and the film. 
Call 559-713-2731 or email Carrie (carrie.wilson@tularecountylibrary.org) to pick up a copy of the book! 

Persepolis is a graphic novel, the autobiography of Marjane Satrapi's childhood and young adulthood in Iran during the Islamic revolution. 




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

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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:  ShelvePrepare crafts & craft samples for PreschoolersAssemble outreach kits Create displays and/or artwork for the teen area or kid's areaBe a Homework Room monitorWrite book reviews or articles for this blogHelp out at kid's events like our craft events, the FallFest, Stuffed Animal Sleepover, Dr. Seuss's Birthday Bash, and Star Wars DayHelp with our Virtual Reality Lab--this includes installing updates, new games, reviewing games and experiences, and assisting with patro…

Teen Art Workshop taught by talented local artist, Ari!

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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!

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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 Deborah.lynch@library.ca.gov
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 Californi…