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Prescott Valley library marking first anniversary

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The Public Library will mark its first anniversary Saturday with demonstrations of the virtual reality room and electronic books, as well as tours.

Festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Friends of the Library will serve refreshments through noon.

"We're excited to open it to the public," said Kim Moon, capital projects coordinator. "I think everyone will enjoy this new form of (virtual reality) technology and education."

Town officials initially planned to unveil the virtual reality room when the library opened this past October. However, they faced delays triggered in part by the departure of a person who was working on the software programs.

The virtual reality room on the first floor of the building at 7401 E. Civic Circle features take-you-there software that enables users to explore faraway places on a large screen. They also can conjure planets and other images by waving a paddle.

An initial demonstration of the virtual reality software took place Sept. 13 and drew students from nearby Liberty Traditional School, as well as town officials.

Moon worked closely with the library's architect, building contractor and library staff from the start.

Town officials conducted the grand opening of the library Oct. 10, 2009 - an event that drew more than 300 people.

The library covers 51,500 square feet, and includes the Northern Arizona University-Yavapai campus.

Town officials opted to pay for a new library because the library outgrew the 13,000 square feet it previously occupied on the third floor of the Civic Center since 1999.

Town officials hired the architectural firm of Richard and Bauer of Phoenix to design the building, and Barton Malow of Tempe to build it. Barton Malow began construction on the building, which cost more than $22 million, two years ago.


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