Juneteenth Closure/Downtown Reno Library Elevator News
All libraries will be closed Wednesday, June 19, for the Juneteenth holiday. Due to ongoing construction, the elevator at the Downtown Reno Library is currently not in service. Computers and restrooms are available on the main level for patrons who are unable to use the stairs, and staff can assist with retrieving materials from other levels.



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Virtual Events Archive

As our communities rely more heavily on interactive virtual opportunities to gather, Washoe County Library System is working to expand our arts, cultural, and educational virtual events. Below are recordings of some of our past events.

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Historic Reno Preservation Society hrps

In this ongoing series, authors, historians, and others offer their insights into a wide range of local history topics. These talks are presented by the Historic Reno Preservation Society most months. Visit their website for more information.


On the Shelf/On the Kids' Shelf 

Each week Washoe County librarians go on the air on KUNR to offer two short segments full of book recommendations, literacy tips, and activities.




Nevada Historical Society 

Presented by the Nevada Historical Society, these discussions cover various local history topics. Includes a series of talks presented in conjunction with Artown, as well as the ongoing series High Noon with Neal Cobb.




Shivery: Chilling Tales of Horror Shivery

Pull up a seat and listen to some creepy stories submitted by library patrons across the county and narrated by the Script Keeper, a local author and library employee.




Early Reader Feature Early Reader Feature

Book suggestions, literacy tips, and fun family engagement activities for our beginning readers.



Movie Minute Movie Minute

Colin shared trivia about classic movies in this series. Visit TikTok to see our new movie series, Take-Home Movies.



Virtual Halloween Party Virtual Halloween Party

Calling all goblins and ghosts! It's time to attend your yearly training to learn new spooky stories and crafts. Meet the witch and the Halloween cat, summon ghosts, and create a tiny pumpkin.



Nevada Reads In Your Library: Meet Kendra Atleework Nevada Reads In Your Library: Meet Kendra Atleework

Nevada Humanities presents this discussion with 2021 Nevada Reads author, Kendra Atleework. Atleework reads from her powerful debut, Miracle Country: A Memoir of a Family and a Landscape.



Book Hook Crafternoon

Tune in to Book Hook to find out about a really cool book to put on your reading list. Book recommendations are geared to teens and tweens, but everyone is welcome.



Crafternoon Crafternoon

Washoe County Library invites you spend time together making some fun arts and crafts with your family.



Break with Baby Break With Baby

Parents and caregivers, tune in for book recommendations, early literacy tips, and fun bounces, rhymes, and songs for our littlest learners.



Strange Animal Files Wild Wednesdays logo

Join library staff as they profile some of the world's most bizarre animals and recommend some library resources you can use to find out more about these crazy creatures.



Wild Wednesday with Wild Things Wild Wednesdays logo

In this series presented by Conservation Ambassadors, we meet live mammals, birds, and reptiles from around the world. Hear about the animals' habits, habitats, and wild tales of survival in this engaging, fun-filled educational program for all ages.



From Pen to Performance spokenviews.jpeg

Spoken Views Collective has been fostering Reno​'s spoken word poetry scene since 2006. Co-founder and director Iain Watson and members of the collective joined the library to present this virtual poetry reading and Q and A session.



Do You Know These Women in History? Women in History

March is Women's History Month and we are celebrating by telling you about some amazing women who have been largely ignored by history who we think you should know.



First Chapter Friday First Chapter Friday

Every week we read the first chapter of one of our favorite books. Visit our Facebook page for the latest, or see the older installments here.



Tahoe Institute for Natural Science Virtual Maker Lab logo

Tahoe Institute for Natural Science Outreach Director Sarah Hockensmith discusses local wildlife in these presentations.



Pop-Up CardsPop-Up Cards

Send holiday joy this season with a pop-up card! Library board member Amy Ghilieri shows us how to create a holiday themed pop-up card in a few simple steps.



Jammies and JinglesRepurposed Wrapping Paper

Get festive with your local library in your jammies! Enjoy songs and stories celebrating the holiday season.



Repurposed Wrapping Paper ProjectRepurposed Wrapping Paper

The holiday season is upon us and it is time to start making, baking, or buying that perfect gift. But what are you going to wrap that gift in? Let's take a look at a few fun, easy ideas that will make your gift stand out before it is even opened.



Holiday Craftapalooza

Celebrate various winter holidays with arts and crafts from cultures around the world with this five-part series.



Favorite Family Cookies

For National Cookie Day 2020, several of our library staff shared some of their favorite family cookie recipes.



A Thousand Miles of Desert and Mountains 1,000 Mile Project

Using video, audio, and additional materials, A Thousand Miles of Desert and Mountains brings to life three diaries from George and Josephine Scott's 1914 Nevada prospecting trip. The first-hand account of their trek across Nevada provides an entertaining and engaging way to study history and serves up concepts across all disciplines.



Teen Cuisine Food

Tips, tricks, and basics to help you feed yourself and others with ingredients you probably already have on hand. Cheap, easy, and quick is the name of the game.



Nevada Day Treasure Hunt Launch Party 1,000 Mile Project

Decipher a series of clues to find the prize in the 19th Annual Nevada Day Treasure Hunt. This event encompasses eight northern Nevada counties. In this video of the launch party, you will learn about the hunt from the event organizers.



History of Women's Suffrage Suffragists marching

In honor of the centennial of women's suffrage, presenter Carolyn Runnells looks at the timeline of the suffrage movement, key leaders, and how fashion influenced the women who took up the banner to fight for the right to vote.



Wags & Smiles with Paws 4 Love 

Paws 4 Love encourages literacy, volunteerism, and well-being in the community.​ In this program we meet several Paws 4 Love therapy dogs and their volunteer humans, who strive to bring happiness and reduce stress with every wag and pat.



Patterns in the Night Sky Ginger Devine

In this presentaion by Tahoe Star Tours, you will learn what constellations and asterisms are, and hear the stories behind the major constellations. After the program, wander out and observe the night sky to see how many constellations you can spot.



Northern Nevada Pride Virtual Story Time Ginger Devine

Special guest Ginger Devine helps us celebrate Northern Nevada Pride 2020 with this reading of I Am Perfectly Designed, by Karamo Brown and Jason "Rachel" Brown.



Bomb Shelter Tour bombbutton

Tyna from the Downtown Reno Library takes us beneath the library for a trip through our Cold War era bomb shelter.



Washoe Talk: Racism in America Racism Flier

Panelists Don Dike-Anukam, Dr. Precious Hall, Dr. Callum Ingram, Dr. Greta de Jong, and Monique Normand discusses racism, Black Lives Matter, and how we can all work to combat racism.



Imagine a Cowboy Life Wild Wednesdays logo

Cowboy poet Larry Maurice shares stories and poems in this event, part of the 2020 Summer Reading Adventure. 



Lego Building Challenges legothumb.jpg

Part of the 2020 Summer Reading Adventure, these collection of building challenges includes labyrinths, monsters, and castles. 



Tsurunokai Wild Wednesdays logo

Taiko drum ensemble Tsurunokai performs traditional Japanese folk music as well as original compositions. Traditionally, taiko drums have been used in warfare, martial arts, religious ceremonies, and festivals throughout Japan for more than 1,400 years. 



Aria 51 Airia 51

This musical trio combines classical and folk instruments with singing to create a unique approach to a variety of musical styles. Experience the sounds of cello, classical guitar, ukulele.



Create a Fairy Garden Fairy-Garden

Fairies. Dragons. Dinosaurs. Unicorns. What is in your fairy garden? Come join the journey and create your destination fairy garden with Jonnica, Pam, and Greta the Gnome.



#VirtualMakerLab: Pamper Yourself Virtual Maker Lab logo

Join Theresa and Jonnica as they demonstrate how to create your own sugar scrub out of kitchen ingredients. Get the instructions here.



Summer Reading Adventure 2020 Summer Reading Adventure logo

It's time to Imagine Your Story with our Summer Reading Adventure 2020. Join our hosts for both the Summer Reading Adventure kick-off and wrap up parties.



Tahoe Treks: Northern Nevada Road Trips Tahoe Treks logo

Author and Tahoe local Kayla Anderson shares some of her favorite places and adventures from her newly published book from Moon Travel Guides. Places explored include Ashland, Oregon, Shasta, Lassen, the Eastern Sierra, and of course, Lake Tahoe. This program took place via Zoom on April 21, 2020.




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