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Mineral County Library is one of eleven libraries in Nevada selected to be part of the Emerging Technology Early Adopter Program (ETEAP). This exciting new program, bringing immersive extended reality (XR) experiences and programming to libraries around Nevada, is made possible by the Nevada State Legislature with funds from SB-549. As an XR Library, Mineral County Library will provide patrons at-large and community education partners one-stop access to virtual reality, mixed reality, and augmented reality equipment, materials and resources. ETEAP is designed to better acquaint Nevadans with this new technology and broaden their horizons of what is possible in the 21st century.

The libraries involved in ETEAP will be rolling out this pilot program statewide beginning on Monday, August 6th. Prior to that date, local staff will be training in this technology to prepare for one-on-one training with interested patrons once the rollout begins.

On Aug. 14 the library will host an Open House XR event showcasing VIVE and Oculus Rift Virtual Reality, augmented reality books for checkout, a Google cardboard makerspace station, and an information station for our upcoming XR Club. Details on this event will be posted on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MineralCountyLibrary.

Beginning Aug. 17, staff member Kathy Kachelries will host a welcome meeting for the new XR Club for those with a passion for this emerging technology.  The club, which will meet at the library every Friday at 2 p.m., will discuss news, issues, and current trends in virtual reality, followed by a “free swim” where members will be able to try out new games and peripherals that are not yet a part of the library’s XR catalogue. The club will be open to everyone age 13 and up, and snacks will be provided.

The club will also release a digital monthly newsletter which will summarize new developments in XR for those unable to make it to the meetings.  To sign up, stop by the library or email mclibraryvr@gmail.com and you’ll be added to the list.

The library staff members are excited to share the eye-opening, immersive experience that is possible with extended reality. For more information regarding this or any other service offered by the library, check online at www.facebook.com/MineralCountyLibrary or call the library at 945-2778.