New Technology at the Collingwood Public Library Helps Seniors Connect

August 26, 2021
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Library
staff using new technology

Collingwood, ON [26 August 2021] – The Collingwood Public Library is unboxing new technology with funding from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Tech Connected will offer seniors an opportunity to experience Virtual Reality (VR) programs assisting participants to travel around the world, discover a new museum, attend a musical performance or play an immersive game through the convenience of a headset.

Virtual Reality equipment will be incorporated into the mobile technology program delivered by the Collingwood Public Library as well as included in fall programming for seniors.

Tech Connected also includes new tablets with hot spots that can be borrowed by library card holders. The tablet-lending program aims to assist Seniors without access to technology or the internet, to complete forms online, participate in virtual programs or connect with family and friends. Tablets are easy to use, lightweight and can be safely transported.

“Our tablet-lending program will help seniors participate in the many virtual programs we have introduced over the last year including chair yoga, book club or knitters’ corner” said Lori Crossan Coordinator, Adult & Senior Programs at the Collingwood Public Library.

Tech Connected has been made possible with funding from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, supporting over 3,000 community-based projects across the country with a focus on helping foster social inclusion and improve seniors’ health and well-being.

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“I am pleased to support this innovative initiative. This past year has shown us that connecting seniors virtually is more important than ever.”
 
- Member of Parliament, Simcoe-Grey, Terry Dowdall

To learn more about the many different programs available at the Collingwood Public Library visit www.collingwoodpubliclibrary.ca
 
About Collingwood
The Town of Collingwood is a progressive community located in the heart of a four-season recreation area on the southern shore of Georgian Bay. The area is well known for its many natural amenities and its rich heritage. Collingwood is a destination for tourism and many business, sporting and cultural events Collingwood acts as gateway to the South Georgian Bay region, with stunning landscapes that encourage an active lifestyle, and inspire the local arts and culture community.  Downtown Collingwood might just surprise you with 30 plus restaurants, 60 plus boutique shops, spas for relaxing, live music for grooving…all in the only downtown core recognized in Canada’s Registrar of Historic Places!  More recently, the harbourfront area is emerging as an extension to the downtown district.  Plans for expanding the amenities and events in the harbourfront area promise to make this a much more prominent tourism destination.

For more information, contact:

Coordinator, Adult & Senior Programs
Collingwood Public Library
Lori Crossan
T. 705-445-1571 ext. 6232
lcrossan@collingwoodpubliclibrary.ca

Manager, Public Relations & Communications
Town of Collingwood
Christa Carter
T. 705-445-1030 Ext. 3274
ccarter@collingwood.ca