Library receives grant for virtual reality lab

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The Cranston Public Library has received a $10,000 grant from the Library of Rhode Island, or LORI, Studio Rhode program to launch the “V Lab.”

The V Lab project will introduce virtual and augmented reality to library patrons through targeted programming for adults, seniors and teens. Using Google Expedition Kits and other virtual reality equipment, library patrons will explore new virtual worlds and engage in exciting learning environments during five public programs.

“We are excited about receiving this grant which will allow us to bring virtual reality technology to Cranston,” Library Director Edward Garcia said. “We will be holding programs throughout the summer in different locations across the city to give people the opportunity to experience this new technology.”

The library will make an announcement later this spring with more information and schedule for the V Lab.

The LORI grant program is made possible with funds the Office of Library and Information Services, or OLIS, receives from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, or IMLS, through the Library Services and Technology Act, or LSTA.

OLIS, an office within the Department of Administration, is the state library agency for Rhode Island. OLIS strengthens, connects and empowers libraries to advance knowledge, connect communities, and enrich the lives of all Rhode Islanders.

LORI is a multi-type library network coordinated by OLIS to facilitate resource sharing among libraries and expand opportunities for access to library materials by Rhode Island residents statewide.

IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. IMLS advances, supports, and empowers America’s museums, libraries and related organizations through grant-making, research and policy development.

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