Thanks to grants provided by City of Windsor Ward Funds and the Ward Renewal Project of CUPE Local 82, Forest Glade Library has ‘morphed’ into a branch teeming with new technology.
Ward 7 Councillor and Windsor Public Library Board Director, Dr. Irek Kusmierczyk, has provided $6,000 of ward funds which have been combined with $6,000 from the CUPE ward renewal project to provide the Forest Glade community with access to cutting edge technology. Both identified the Forest Glade project as deserving of the funds and recognize that Windsor Public strives to be at the forefront of providing community access to the latest technology.
“Children, teens and adults will be encouraged to explore and experiment with this new technology,” says Ward 7 Councillor, Dr Irek Kusmierczyk. “The library will use it for innovative programming and I’m sure it will attract new customers to Forest Glade Library, particularly school children in the area.”
“We are truly grateful for these monies and the subsequent infusion of technology at Forest Glade,” says WPL CEO Kitty Pope. “Staff are busy developing exciting programming incorporating the new hardware and software which will only be a tremendous benefit to the community. Councillor Kusmierczyk and CUPE deserve praise for their investment in the Forest Glade community.”
The most exciting addition is the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality System which creates a VR environment for games, learning and exploration. Many of the features of our Central Library Technology Hub have been added to Forest Glade, including a 3D printer, circuitry kits, app controlled robots and robotic kits and a small, lightweight drone which fits in the palm of your had. Other addition include Muse meditation headbands which sense brainwaves and are beneficial to the meditation practice and Osmo, which provides hands-on play for young children on an iPad.
PICTURED IS CUPE LOCAL 82 TREASURER GUY LADOUCEUR AND THE NEW VIRTUAL REALITY SYSTEM.