Open Day was a big success and it was nice to have so many people visiting our three libraries – over 1500 visits recorded to the Senior Library. This library acted as our ‘activities hub’, where our guests where able to take a hands-on approach to finding out about the various libraries at Brisbane Grammar School. There were three major activities set up for people to take part in. The first was something that we have been researching and planning for next year, and it proved to be extremely popular. This was two Virtual Reality systems featuring Oculus Rift and Leap Motion devices. We have been researching the use of virtual reality in education to provide immersive educational activities. The feedback from students and the public was very positive and we look forward to installing a system or two in the Senior Library for the boys next year when the consumer model of Oculus is released.
The next activity setup was actually a series of several micro activities which were all part of the Maker Spaces that are offered to students though the library. These activities included Augmented Reality Books, Kinetic Sand, Squishy Circuits, Robotics, Stop Motion Animation and 3D Doodler Pens. With so many micro activities on offer, the library was a buzz of excited faces, as anyone could simply move from table to table to experience the different kits.
Finally, there was the return of Live Choma Keying. This year not only were visitors able to be composited live into a video with a fantasy themed background, but they could also take away with them a bookmark of the experience… we are a library after all! Reading will always remain at the heart of what we do no matter how much amazing technology is introduced.
In our other two libraries we had tours being run by staff and students. People were able to see many of the activities the boys have been up to this year in the Centenary Library via the videos that were being displayed around the room. Whilst the library staff all claimed to be utterly exhausted at the end of the day, it is the students who deserve the credit. We had so many of them volunteer to assist us on the day. We were all very proud of their work ethic and exemplary behavior: they were truly amazing examples of Grammar Men.