Virtual reality has made its way to St. Johns County public libraries

St. Johns County libraries using virtual reality goggles to help kids learn

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — Six months ago, Nancy Dagata saw people using virtual reality goggles at a farmers market in St. Johns County.

"There were so many people around it; I didn't get a chance, but it looked so interesting and it looked like it would be great fun," Dagata said.

Recently, she found out the St. Johns County Public Libraries just rolled out their own Oculus Go goggles for patrons to use.

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Action News Jax first reported about the virtual reality goggles in April.

They were able to purchase eight goggles through a grant of just under $3,000.

Cheryl Bemiss, a librarian with the St. Johns County Public Library Southeast branch, says they're introducing VR so they can be on the cutting edge of library services and show others they're about more than just books.

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Each pair of goggles cost $200 and the library says they give kids a chance to learn in a fun way.

"There's anatomy games you can play where you travel through a human body, so it's much more exciting than you know looking through an anatomy book. So we decided to give it a try, too," Bemiss said.

Dagata said these goggles also show people that they're never too old to learn something new.

"Go back and see how the Civil War was, I was always a history buff so that would be very interesting to be part of that time in history, you know, meet Abe Lincoln," Dagata said.

We checked with Duval, Clay, and Nassau counties and they say they're currently using virtual reality goggles.

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