The thrill of virtual reality is coming to Langley’s libraries.
The Fraser Valley Regional Library has expanded its “playground” to include HTC VIVE virtual reality systems, which customers can check out during various free programs at FVRL’s 25 locations.
The Virtual Reality Experience will come to Langley City’s library on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wearing the goggles, headphones, and holding motion controllers, participants will be able to move freely around a 10-foot-by-10-foot space and try out a mix of virtual games as well as educational experiences.
Participants must arrive 15 minutes prior to their registered timeslot to get set up for play. Timeslots may not be guaranteed for those who arrive late.
This program is intended for those ages 10-plus or 48”+ tall, and children must have the permission of a parent or guardian.
“VR is an important addition to FVRL’s Playground as we focus on providing customers with access to engaging STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) related learning experiences,” says Heather Scoular, FVRL’s director of customer experience.
“VR has many applications beyond entertainment, including learning and training. With VR, a person can learn how to land a plane, practice a life-saving surgery or simply battle aliens on another planet — all without ever leaving their current location.”
Scoular said the FVRL’s goal is to roll out the VIVE VR systems at all 25 of its libraries over the next 6 months.