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Events and Activities at the Washoe County Library

Free Fun and Information from Library Branches in Washoe County


Washoe County Library, downtown branch in Reno, Nevada

Washoe County Library, downtown branch in Reno, Nevada.

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July, 2014 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.

July 2014 Holiday Closures at the Washoe County Library

Downtown Reno and Spanish Springs Libraries will be closed on Thursday, July 3. All Washoe County Libraries will be closed in observance of Independence Day on Friday, July 4, 2014.

2014 Summer Reading Program

The 2014 Summer Reading Program will be from June 1 through August 31. Read and earn prizes all summer long. The science-based theme carries through all ages and summer programs include author talks, animal ambassadors (including kangaroos), musicians, and more. Everyone can join in - kids, teens, and adults.

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."

StarWalk Kids Supports Summer Reading with Free Access to 500 eBooks in July

StarWalk Kids Media will make all 500 eBooks in its collection available free of charge for anyone with Internet access - children, families and educators - during the entire month of July. No passwords or logins needed. Kids can just start reading by visiting StarWalkKids.com/PopUp between July 1 and July 31.

Adopt a Periodical

Between June 8 and August 10. For a small donation you can be our partner to ensure that the library offers popular magazines. Magazines cover a wide range of subjects and can cost as little as $15 per year.

  • Visit your neighborhood library and ask to see a list of magazine titles.
  • Make your selection.
  • Fill out a gift form and write a check to "Washoe County Library System" for the amount of the annual subscription.
  • Sponsored magazines will begin arriving at the library by January, 2015.
  • Donations are tax deductible.

"Sleeping Beauty" at the Washoe County Library

Reno Little Theater presents Sleeping Beauty at various branches of the Washoe County Library. It's a live play, not a movie. This version is a fractured fairytale and theatrical entertainment for the whole family.

  • Sparks Library - Saturday, July 12, 2014: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Spanish Springs Library - Sunday, July 13, 2014: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Kings Beach - Saturday, July 19, 2014: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Northwest Reno Library - Saturday, July 19, 2014: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • North Valleys Library - Saturday, July 26, 2014: 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon
  • Downtown Reno Library - Sunday, July 27, 2014: 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • South Valleys Library - Wednesday, July 30, 2014: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Bug Petting Zoo

Millipedes, beetles, caterpillars, oh my! This interactive touch and feel program includes fun facts about where bugs live, what they eat, and other aspects of their lives.

  • Sparks Library - Tuesday, July 1: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Northwest Reno Library - Tuesday, August 5: 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • South Valleys Library - Wednesday, August 6: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Incline Village Library - Wednesday, August 6: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • North Valleys Library - Wednesday, August 6: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Downtown Reno Library - Sunday, August 10: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Spanish Springs Library - Sunday, August 10: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Free Movies at Washoe County Library Branches

There are free family movies every month at various branches of the Washoe County Library. Besides movies, there are lots of other free monthly activities at various library branches - be sure to check at the beginning of the month to see what's playing and at which branch. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Downtown Reno Library, Sundays, July 6 and 20, August 3 and 17, September 7 and 21, 2 p.m. - Come to the Downtown Reno Library on selected Sundays for the free Sunday Movie Matinee. Watch a variety of popular movies in the library auditorium. Call (775) 327-8301 to inquire about movie titles and for more information.

Family Games Day at Spanish Springs Library

It's time for some competitive fun at our all new Family Games Day. Bring your family and friends and try out board games such as Scrabble, Clue, Monopoly, Wheel of Fortune, Sequence, chess, checkers and more. All ages and abilities welcome.

  • Sunday, July 6 - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Spanish Springs Library
  • Sunday, August 3 - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Spanish Springs Library
  • Sunday, September 7 - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Spanish Springs Library

Tahoe Pyramid Bike Talk

Janet Phillips, Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway founder and president, will present a slide show of completed and future trail sections, with emphasis on new developments in 2013-14 - Fleish suspension bridge, trail extension into California, and prospects for completing the trail from Verdi to Floriston.

  • Tuesday, July 8 - 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Northwest Reno Library

Lego Block Party

Mix fun and learning by creating engineering masterpieces with Legos at the library. The Lego Movie in 3D will be shown afterwards.

  • Tuesday, July 15 - 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sparks Library

The Science of Gold

Join the Gold Prospectors Association of America for a demonstration of the science used behind finding gold. This Summer Reading Program event will give you a chance to pan for gold and try your hand at metal detecting. All ages welcome.

  • Tuesday, July 22 - 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sparks Library

Combat Paper: Nevada Paper Making Demonstration and Workshop

This is an open workshop where you can learn to press paper out of recyclable, sustainable materials. Sponsored by the David J. Drakulich Foundation for Freedom of Expression. This event is part of Artown in Reno. It is free and open to the public.

  • Friday, July 25 - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Northwest Reno Library

Getting Your GED

Find out what you need to do to get your GED and get on with your life. Teacher Mary Diebel and Northern Nevada Literacy Council Director Susan Robinson lead this workshop that could change your life.

  • Tuesday, July 29 - 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Spanish Springs Library

E-Book Café at Sierra View Library

Access over 7,000 downloadable e-books and audiobooks from your e-reader, tablet, or smartphone with your library card. Learn how to browse, checkout, and download from the library's Overdrive catalog and about other library apps for articles, language learning, and small business/company research. Bring your device and your questions.

  • Saturdays, July 5, 19 - 11 a.m. to 12 noon, Sierra View Library
  • Saturdays, August 2, 16 - 11 a.m. to 12 noon, Sierra View Library

Online Resource of the Month - RGJ via ProQuest

Browse the digitized pages of the Reno Gazette journal from 2009 to June, 2013. For RGJ articles from 1999 to present use Reno Gazette Journal. For Reno-area newspaper articles prior to 1977, use Newspaper Archive.

Friends of Washoe County Library Read Again Bookstore

Friends of Washoe County Library is located next door to the Sierra View Library in the 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 for 2014 was in January. Future sale dates will be listed below when they become available. Preview day for Friends members is on the first Friday of each sale period. If you aren't a member, you can join at the door. The sale is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • January 10 - 19, 2014.
  • March 7 - 16, 2014.
  • May 9 - 18, 2014.
  • July 11 - 20, 2014.

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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