While virtual reality has made a huge impact in the world of video games, the educational potential of this technology can easily be overlooked.
With that in mind, last week, library staff members gave a presentation to a group Washoe County School District middle and high school librarians. Incline Village Library Manager John Crockett discussed the equipment and applications available at Washoe County Libraries. With the help of a volunteer from the audience, he then demonstrated how Google Earth VR could be used to complement a geography lesson.
After we remodeled the North Valleys Library over three years ago, we began offering STEAM programs for kids and their big people. Soon we learned our adult patrons wanted their own creative outlet-- Hence our #NVMakerLab program was developed in the fall of 2018.
Using Pinterest as our inspiration, we have made festive wreaths, mosaiced pots, decorative wall hangings, and self-care items, such as sugar scrubs and infused bath salts.
These #NVMakerLab programs are held on the first Fridays in February, May, August, and September. They require advanced registration, and this month’s program, building horseshoe suncatcher, is full. But you can still register for the May program, when we will be making hypertufa garden creations. Or you can follow these steps to create your own horseshoe suncatcher at home.
Traditionally zen gardens are carefully composed landscapes with arrangements of rocks, water features, moss, pruned trees, and bushes. Some also incorporate gravel or sand that is raked to represent ripples in water.
Since we don’t all have the time or patience to create a beautiful zen garden in our backyards, try this tabletop version.