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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, Reno, Nevada, NV

Washoe County Library, Reno, Nevada.

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April, 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.

Celebrate National Library Week

Best-selling author and intellectual freedom advocate Judy Blume will serve as Honorary Chair, National Library Week, April 13 through 19, 2014.

Food for Fines

From March 31 through April 28, you can bring in one non–perishable food product to any Washoe County Library branch for each overdue library item and help the hungry. Hunger is a year-round problem and we appreciate your help.

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."

War on Debt

Dani Johnson’s 1 hour video course, War On Debt, shows young and old how to gain power over their finances and begin their personal journey of debt free living. Local nurse Amy Woods hosts this presentation and will share how she has benefited from this video and will be available for Q and A.

  • Tuesday, April 8 - 5 p.m., Spanish Springs Library
  • Wednesday, April 9 - 5 p.m., South Valleys Library
  • Thursday, April 10 - 6:30 p.m., Incline Village Library

Easter Bunny Storytime and Egg Hunt

Join us for Easter Bunny stories, an egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Parents, bring your cameras.

  • Wednesday, April 16 - 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., North Valleys Library
  • Wednesday, April 16 - 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Incline Village Library

Free Tax Filing Help at the Washoe County Library

It's time to start thinking about that unpleasant annual task - filing your tax return. There is now free help available at branches of the Washoe County Library, for senior citizens as well as low to moderate income filers of all ages. Follow these links for more information...

When going to a tax help session, bring these items with you...

  • Valid identification.
  • Social Security (SSN) or individual taxpayer identification
  • (ITIN) cards for you, your spouse, and dependents.
  • All W-2 and 1099 forms you received.
  • Daycare payment records.
  • Bank account and routing number for direct deposit.
  • Both spouses must be present if filing jointly.

Bruka Theatre for Children presents Grimm IV - "Goldi"

Join professional local actors from Bruka Theatre for an interactive, live (and always hilarious) theatrical production of a classic Grimm's Fairytale.

  • Wednesday, April 9 - 4 p.m., Incline Village Library
  • Sunday, April 20 - 2 p.m., Downtown Reno Library
  • Wednesday, April 23 - 6 p.m., South Valleys Library
  • Saturday, April 26 - 11 a.m., North Valleys Library
  • Saturday, June 7 - 11 a.m., Northwest Reno Library
  • Wednesday, June 18 - 10:15 a.m., Sparks Library

A Holocaust Memoir

Holocaust survivor Joseph Kempler and his daughter-in-law April Voytko Kempler, author of "The Altered I: A Holocaust Memoir," will discuss his experience as a teenager during the Holocaust. Born in 1928 in Krakow, Poland to a devout Jewish family, Joseph was interred in 6 different concentration camps. He was liberated in Ebensee on May 6, 1945, weighing 60 pounds and near death. His entire family had perished with the exception of his sister, who was hidden by a family of Jehovah's Witnesses in Poland. After two years in a displaced persons camp, he emigrated to New York in 1947. Don't miss hearing this compelling tale of the strength of the human spirit to survive. Books will be available for purchase. This program is free and open to the public

  • Saturday, April 5 - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Northwest Reno Library

It's Your Estate

March 19 through April 30 - 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 and tax planning; IRA, 401k, 403b and 457 plan distributions; being a trustee and executor; and more.

  • Avoid Foreclosure
  • Understand Your Underwater Options
  • Lower Your Payments
  • Get Top-Dollar for Your House
  • Resolve Mortgage Issues
  • Wednesdays - 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Sierra View Library
  • Wednesdays - 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., South Valleys Library
  • Week 1 - Introduction to Course and Materials
  • Week 2 - Living Wills and Advanced Health Care Directives
  • Week 3 - Trustee and Executors of Estates
  • Week 4 - Estate Planning I
  • Week 5 - Estate Planning II
  • Week 6 - Minimizing Estate Taxes
  • Week 7 - Preparing Your Estate Plan

Anouaze Beat

Native West African performers share the history and culture of their homeland through costumes, masks, drumming, and dancing.

  • Saturday, May 31 - 11 a.m. to 12 noon, North Valleys Library
  • Saturday, June 7 - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., South Valleys Library

E-Book Cafe 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.

  • March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - 11 a.m. to 12 noon, Sierra View Library

E-Book Cafe at Spanish Springs Library

Learn how to browse, checkout & download on your device. By appointment only - call (775) 424-1800.

  • Wednesday, April 9 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Spanish Springs Library
  • Wednesday, April 16 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Spanish Springs Library
  • Tuesday, April 22 - 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Spanish Springs Library
  • Tuesday, April 29 - 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Spanish Springs Library
  • Tuesday, May 6 - 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Spanish Springs Library
  • Wednesday, May 14 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Spanish Springs Library
  • Wednesday, May 21 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Spanish Springs Library
  • Tuesday, May 27 - 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Spanish Springs Library

E-Book Cafe at South Valleys Library

Bring in your eReader (with USB cord), tablet, or smartphone, and we will help you get set-up for checking out and enjoying Library eBooks. You can download eBooks right from the library computer.

  • Fridays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., South Valleys Library
  • Fridays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., South Valleys Library

Downtown Sunday Movie Matinee

Join us on selected Sundays throughout the month at the Downtown Library for our Sunday Movie Matinee! Watch a variety of popular movies for free in the library auditorium. Call (775) 327-8301 to inquire about movie titles and for more information.

  • April 13, 27 - 2 p.m., Downtown Reno Library

Family Games Day at Spanish Springs

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.

  • April 6 - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Spanish Springs Library
  • May 4 - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Spanish Springs Library
  • June 1 - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Spanish Springs Library

Computer Classes at the Library

Each class will be 90 minutes. For more information and to reserve a seat, call the Downtown Reno Reference Desk at (775) 327-8312. Reservations are required.

Downtown Reno Library every Wednesday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Sparks Library every Thursday at 9:15 a.m.

Introductory Series

  • Week One - Mouse and keyboard
  • Week Two - Windows desktop
  • Week Three - Using Windows
  • Week Four - Introduction to the Internet
Email Series
  • Week One - Introduction to email
  • Week Two - Using email
Internet Series (search tips and library resources)
  • Week One - Intermediate Internet
  • Week Two - Advanced Internet


Online Resource of the Month - Learning Express

Learning Express is an excellent online resource for test preparation and skills building. It has hundreds of online tutorials, practice tests, and e-books for tests such as the GED (English and Spanish), SAT, U.S. Citizenship (English and Spanish), ASVAB among many others.


Enjoy a cultural adventure through Japanese history and customs. Tsurunokai performs traditional Japanese folk music and original compositions. Come participate in drumming and dancing.

  • Tuesday, May 6 - 3:30 p.m. to 4:30, Downtown Reno Library

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.


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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