Join us for the opening of West Vancouver's digital learning place on Thursday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m.
Come in and see how our custom-built space transforms learning into a collaborative and creative experience.
Opening remarks by Mayor Michael Smith, Memorial Library Board Chair David Carter, West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation Chair Andreas Thompson and Director of Library Services Jenny Benedict.
Stay and play with our new technology tools: the Green Screen Photo Bomb, Preserve a Memory Station, Make a Gizmo Circuit Kit, Take a Trip in Virtual Reality Headsets and a Robotics Maze Race. These tools support creating digital media, digitizing personal and local history, coding robots and circuitry and exploring emerging technologies.
Opening Event Schedule
3:30 p.m. Opening Remarks and Ribbon Cutting
3:45 – 6 p.m. Stay and play with our new technology tools
Green Screen Photo Bomb
Pick a prop and strike a pose in front of the green screen. Merge your shot with a cool background and share your pic #TheLabWVML
Preserve a Memory
Bring a photo or a slide of a treasured West Vancouver memory and scan it into a digital file. Send it by email as a greeting to friends and loved ones. Upload your photo to our historical online collection: www.digital.westvanlibrary.ca.
Make a Gizmo
Plug and play with batteries, switches, wires and outputs. No experience required! Bring your imagination and make your own invention.
Take a Trip in Virtual Reality
Never mind the hairdo. Sit back and put on a headset to visit a place you've never been before. Fly with birds, visit the Louvre and even walk under the Eiffel Tower.
Robotics Maze Race
Ready for adventure? Meet our Sphero SPRKs and take one for a test drive. These cute app-controlled droids roll, rotate and even flash their lights. Just be sure to find the brakes!
About the Lab
The Lab is West Vancouver’s digital learning place. Designed foremost for active participation and social interaction, the custom-built space transforms learning into a collaborative and creative experience. Activities are motivated by shared interests and advanced through intergenerational and peer relationships. It is a public environment shaped by what community members want to learn.
Tools in The Lab support digitizing personal and local history; creating digital media like videos, podcasts, music, print and digital books; developing computational thinking with robots and electronic circuitry; and exploring emerging technologies such as virtual reality and 3D printing. The Lab will host a rotating schedule of programs that include classes, skill-building practice sessions, workshops with experts and drop-in sessions for independent work.
You can find links to schedules of Adult and Youth programs and activities, and more information on how you can create with our new tools and new space at wvml.ca/thelab
The Library is deeply grateful to the District of West Vancouver and the donors of the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation for providing the funding for this project.