May, 2013 at the Washoe County Library
The Washoe County Library System offers many free events, activities, and presentations. Children of all ages, families, and adults will find something of interest at every library branch in Washoe County. Here are some highlights of what's going on at various library branches. In addition to what's listed here, each library branch has many activities specific to that branch. Check the library's online calendar for details about what's going on at your branch.
Connect to the Library
With your library card and PIN, you can call and access your library account over the phone - review checkouts, review holds, renew items. This automated service is available 24/7 at (775) 785-4149.
E-books and Audiobooks from the Library
Thousands of titles are available for online check out. Learn how to take advantage of this cool library service from "E-books and audiobooks from the Washoe County Library."
Baseball Story Time with Archie from the Reno Aces
Share stories, laughs, crafts and autographs with our very own Archie. All children who attend the reading will receive one general admission ticket valid for that evening's Reno Aces home game.
- Thursday, May 2 - 10:30 a.m., Spanish Springs Library
- Saturday, June 1 - 11 a.m., South Valleys Library
- Saturday, June 8 - 1 p.m., North Valleys Library
- Wednesday, June 19 - 10:15 a.m., Sparks Library
- Sunday, July 28 - 11 a.m., Downtown Reno Library
Colin Ross Duo
The Colin Ross Duo plays a dazzling variety of instruments with virtuosity and enthusiasm. Their fast-paced, interactive program features an eclectic variety of musical instruments, including: piano, synthesizer, various guitars and mandolins, recorders, the Irish low whistle, hand drums, and miscellaneous percussion. The audience will be invited to sing, shout, play percussion, and help compose their own verses to an American folk song. The Colin Ross Duo will take audiences on an exciting journey through the history of American Traditional music, sharing an amazing array of instruments.
- Saturday, May 18 - 2 p.m., South Valleys Library
- Sunday, June 9 - 2 p.m., Downtown Reno Library
Workshops by Alea Milham
Grocery Savings Workshop - Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of how to shop with coupons using strategic and realistic couponing paired with menu planning techniques to achieve savings of 50% or more.
- Saturday, June 8 - 2 p.m., Sparks Library
It's Your Estate
April 2 through May 22 - Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Northwest Reno Library. Learn how to take charge of your own money and estate. Financial and estate decisions require knowledge in many areas; accounting, finance, legal, insurance, taxes, investments and charitable planning. Experts will help you navigate the areas of advanced health care directives; charitable income & tax planning; IRA, 401k, 403b and 457 plan distributions; being a trustee and executor; and more.
- Week 5 - Trustee and Executors of Estates
- Week 6 - Estate Planning 3 - A-B Trusts
- Week 7 - Methods to Minimize Estate Taxes
- Week 8 - Preparing Your Estate Plan
Bring in your e-book reader (with USB cord), tablet, or smartphone, and we will help you get set up for checking out and enjoying free library e-books.
- Thursdays at 12 noon - Downtown Reno Library
- Saturdays at 12 noon (starting May 18) - Incline Village Library
- Saturday, May 18 - 12 noon, North Valleys Library
- Saturday, May 25 - Northwest Reno Library - call (775) 787-4100 for appointment
- Saturdays at 11 a.m. - Sierra View Library
- Fridays at 3 p.m. - South Valleys Library
- Tuesday, May 14 and 28 - 6 p.m., Spanish Springs Library - call (775) 424-1800 for appointment
- Wednesday, May 8 and 22 - 3 p.m., Spanish Springs Library - call (775) 424-1800 for appointment
- Thursdays at 4 p.m. - Sparks Library - call (775) 352-3200 for appointment
Online Resource of the Month - TumbleBook Library
TumbleBook Library includes a collection of animated, talking picture books. They are available 24-7 via the Internet. Both entertaining and educational, they're great to use on tablets and smartphones, wherever you are. (Note: You must have a valid Washoe County Library card to access online research databases.)
Friends of Washoe County Library Read Again Bookstore
Friends of Washoe County Library now has a new home next door to the Sierra View Library in Reno Town Mall. A huge thank you goes out to mall owner Rob Rothe for his continued support of the Friends. The first sale at Read Again Bookstore was in January. Future sale dates for 2013 are listed below. Preview nights for Friends members are on first Fridays, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. If you aren't a member, you can join at the door. The remaining days are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- March 8 - 10 and 15 - 17.
- May 10 - 12 and 17 - 19.
- July 12 - 14 and 19 - 21.
- September 13 - 15 and 20 - 22.
- November 8 - 10 and 15 - 17.
Free Movies at Washoe County Library Branches
Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
- South Valleys Library, Saturday, May 28, 10:30 a.m to 12 noon - Rise of the Guardians (PG) - When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians, Sandman, North, Tooth, and E. Aster Bunnymund, team up to protect children all around the world.
- Spanish Springs Library, Tuesday, May 21, 4 p.m to 6 p.m. - Rise of the Guardians (PG) - When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians, Sandman, North, Tooth, and E. Aster Bunnymund, team up to protect children all around the world.
Live, Online Homework Help for Students
Washoe County Library System is offers the Brainfuse HelpNow services. Brainfuse HelpNow provides students with live, on-demand homework help and skills building lessons from a dedicated group of expert tutors. Students can also access a full-service writing lab and an integrated test prep center.
With HelpNow, students communicate with tutors in real time using a virtual, whiteboard classroom by writing, drawing and marking up lessons/web content. HelpNow can provide tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, intro college and adult education. Tutors are available seven days a week from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. PST. You can access Brainfuse online with your Washoe County Library System card account number.
Where to Donate Books to the Washoe County Library
If you would like to donate books, bring them to the rear of Reno Town Mall, located at 4001 South Virginia Street in Reno (across from the Reno - Sparks Convention Center). Drive to the back of the mall and look for the signs and red doors. The book donation door is tucked in the corner of Burlington Coat Factory. Book donation hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
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