Local libraries offer interactive digital novel

Inanimate Alice uses virtual reality systems

Fraser Valley Regional Library offers Inanimate Alice, an interactive digital novel, using its virtual reality systems.

Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) is now set to use its virtual reality (VR) systems to take literacy immersion to a whole new level.

The library has partnered with Nanaimo-based digital storytelling company BradField Narrative Designs to offer youth library programs in the fall. The programs feature the ongoing Inanimate Alice saga, an interactive digital novel, told in episodes, that includes the Perpetual Nomads virtual reality experience.

FVRL introduced the VR systems last fall as an expansion of its Playground. Since its launch, hundreds of customers have put on a HTC VIVE headset and let the real world wash away.

“FVRL has positioned itself to become a library leader by offering engaging STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) related learning through its Playground,” says Scott Hargrove, FVRL CEO.

“Partnering with BradField Narrative Designs allows us to bridge literacy with technology in a way few have ever experienced.”

Inanimate Alice marries text with sound, dynamic imagery and gaming elements to create an ongoing experiential story that invites readers to take part in the world of Alice Field, a girl with a globe-trotting family.

The stories are laced with themes that resonate with many of today’s youth, including striving to stay positive in the face of global upheaval and geographic displacement.

“The project represents a new genre in literature,” says Ian Harper, series producer. “Inanimate Alice offers an innovative approach to 21st century learning and literacies. We are excited to work with FVRL and bring this transmedia storytelling experience to local youth.”

Just Posted

Final list of 2018 election candidates confirmed for Chilliwack and beyond

Friday was the deadline for filing nomination papers of candidates running in the 2018 elections

Earl Marriott superstars sink Sardis football Falcons

Byron Ruvalcaba and Sam La Roue led the Mariners to a 34-20 home-field win over Sardis.

UPDATE: Woman from Surrey killed in head-on collision in Chilliwack Saturday

Witnesses in the vehicle struck told first responders the woman appeared to be asleep at the wheel

UPDATE: Province pledges nearly $49 million for new Chilliwack school

Construction on the K-8 school scheduled to begin October 2019 at site along Vedder River

Police ask for public’s help locating missing Agassiz man

Andre Marc Provencal, 27, hasn’t been seen since mid-August

B.C. tent city ‘devastated’ after flash flood

Maple Ridge mayor says that residents shouldn’t have to return to their flooded tents

5 to start your day

A man charged in the death of Belgian tourist, a Syrian family feeling safe in B.C. and more

Syrian family can, finally, feel safe after settling in B.C.

Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity White Rock meets sponsored family for the first time

1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

The Big Falcon Rocket is scheduled to make the trip in 2023, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced at an event Monday at its headquarters near Los Angeles.

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mrs. Maisel’ triumph at Emmys

In a ceremony that started out congratulating TV academy voters for the most historically diverse field of nominees yet, the early awards all went solely to whites.

Korean leaders meet in Pyongyang for potentially tough talks

South Korean President Moon Jae-in began his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday.

Russia blames Israel for plane shot down by Syrian missile

A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was brought down over the Mediterranean Sea as it was returning to its home base inside Syria, killing all 15 people on board.

Vancouver park board passes motion to learn Indigenous place names

The name of Vancouver’s Stanley Park is now up for debate as the city’s park board confronts its colonial past and pursues reconciliation.

Champ golfer from Spain killed in Iowa; suspect charged

Police said Celia Barquin Arozamena was found dead Monday morning at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, about 30 miles north of Des Moines.

Most Read