Kusmierczyk, CUPE Morph Forest Glade Library

(WINDSOR, ON) – Thanks to grants provided by the 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, Irek Kusmierczyk has provided $6,000 of ward funds, which have been combined with $6,000 from CUPE to provide the Forest Glade community with access to cutting edge technology.

Irek Kusmieczyk.<br>Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Irek Kusmieczyk.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Both identified the Forest Glade project as deserving of the funds and recognized that Windsor Public Library 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,” said 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.”

The most exciting addition is the Occulus Rift Virtual Reality System, which creates a VR environment for games, learning, and exploration.

“We are truly grateful for these monies and the subsequent infusion of technology at Forest Glade,” said 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.”

Many of the features of the Central Branch 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 hand. Other additions 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.

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