EPL Brings VR Experience to Euclid Seniors

The Pop-Up VR Café goes on tour in 2020.

In 2020, Euclid Public Library will expand its Pop-Up VR (Virtual Reality) Café program beyond the library to Euclid seniors at the Lakefront Community Center.  Through funding provided by the State Library of Ohio Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant awarded to EPL last year, the library will purchase additional Oculus Quest VR headsets, programs, and applications to support the growing technology and create intergenerational experiences for all users, including Outreach Service patrons.

“The Pop-Up VR Café program has been extremely popular at the library, and we are eager to introduce this newer technology to our users outside the building,” stated Euclid Public Library Director Kacie Armstrong.

“We recognize this will be a first-time experience for many, and we appreciate the City and their staff for their willingness to allow the library to cultivate discovery and learning at the community center.”

This winter, EPL will feature the Emmy-nominated VR documentary Traveling While Back by Roger Ross Williams, on Wednesday, February 5, and Tuesday, March 3, at 1:00 PM at the Lakefront Community Center. Williams is the first African American director to win an Academy Award in his category of Documentary Shorts. The documentary tells the real story behind the Green Book through narratives and images from the Civil Rights Movement and beyond.

Patrons can also view Traveling While Black at the library during a special Black History Month Pop-Up VR Café on Friday, February 21, at 1:00 PM. Copies of the 1940 and 1962 Green Book will also be available for checkout. For more information and a complete listing of upcoming Technology Programs at Euclid Public Library, please visit www.euclidlibrary.org.

Ashley Gowens

I proudly serve the Euclid community as the Marketing & Communications Manager for the Euclid Public Library.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 5:53 PM, 02.05.2020