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Makerspace Services & Studio775

Idea and Experience Boxes rotate throughout Washoe County Library System.

What is a makerspace?

A makerspace is a place where all ages can gather, create, invent, and learn. Most Washoe County Library branches offer maker activities or makerspaces known as Studio775, offering a wide variety of experiences from branch to branch.

Why does the library have a makerspace?

Libraries evolve to meet the changing interests and needs of their communities.  Studio775 supports access to information and services in new and collaborative ways. From Computer Classes to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) spaces, all ages can explore new technology and new experiences through hands-on activities. A library makerspace provides an environment that nurtures learning and exploration, fosters innovation, and inspires creativity in a safe environment; melding technology, art, and culture in new and exciting ways.

Where is Studio775?

Some branches provide technology makerspaces such as the Tech Bar at the Spanish Springs Library with tablets, e-readers, and other devices, or the iMac Station at Incline Village Library.  At other branches you may find knitting, crocheting, and scrapbooking groups, crafts, tech cafés, games for all ages, STEAM spaces, Lifescapes Senior Memoir Writing Project, and tinkering spots.

What are Idea and Experience Boxes?

Washoe County Library System received a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.  These funds were used to pilot user-driven activities in the library that range from learning how to paint to creating your own airplane.  The Idea and Experience Boxes will be rotating in libraries throughout the year and include the following:

Music station

Learn to play an instrument or just pick one up and give it a try.  Guitar, Drum, Keyboard, and Bass.

Fit for Fun

Exercise your stress away with this Idea and Experience Box.

Apocalypse Survival Camp

With the popularity of dystopia novels and “end of the world” T.V. shows, in the Apocalypse Survival Camp everyone is invited to participate in documenting civilization for future library users. Take photos with props in a desolate environment, make catapults, bring trinkets for a time capsule, and have fun!

Building Now and Then

Do you remember Lincoln Logs?  Have you tried Zometools?  Now is your chance.

Learn to Paint

Tap in to your inner Michelangelo while you learn to paint with guided instructional videos.  A photo booth will also be available to document your masterpiece.

Photo Booth Fun

Pick a prop and a take a picture—share with your friends all the fun you can have at the library.

Oh the Places You’ll Go (Dr. Seuss)

Where have you been?  Where would you like to go?  Share it on our big map and in a photo booth.

Zoom Zoom

Become an engineer!  Build a car or train tracks; custom design your own plane and take it home.


Vicious Circle

C.J. Box

In This Grave Hour

Jacqueline Winspear

The Cutthroat

Clive Cussler

From This Day

Nora Roberts

Bone Box

Faye Kellerman

Banana Cream Pie Murder

Joanne Fluke

Heartbreak Hotel

Jonathan Kellerman


Robert B. Parker

Norse Mythology

Neil Gaiman

My Not So Perfect Life

Sophie Kinsella

Echoes in Death

J.D. Robb

Dangerous Games

Danielle Steel

Power Game

Christine Feehan

Clownfish Blues

Tim Dorsey

The Mistress

Danielle Steel

Below the Belt

Stuart Woods

The Spy

Paolo Coelho

The Princess Diarist

Carrie Fisher


Michael Chabon

Night School

Lee Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

J.K. Rowling

Curtain of Death

W.E.B. Griffin

True Faith and Allegiance

Tom Clancy

Babylon's Ashes

James S.A. Corey

The Whole Town's Talking

Fannie Flagg

Cross the Line

James Patterson

Turbo Twenty-three

Janet Evanovich

Odessa Sea

Clive Cussler

No Man's Land

David Baldacci

Chaos: A Scarpetta Novel

Patricia Cornwell

This Was a Man

Jeffrey ARcher

The 15th Affair

James Patterson

The Wrong Side of Goodbye

Michael Connelly

The Whistler

John Grisham

Sex, Lies & Serious Money

Stuart Woods

The Obsidian Chamber

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Escape Clause

John Sandford

Small Great Things

Jodi Picoult

Order to Kill

Vince Flynn

Winter Storms

Elin Hilderbrand

Two by Two

Nicholas Sparks


Harlan Coben

Razor Girl

Carl Hiaasen

Here I Am

Jonathan Safran Foer

Apprentice in Death

J. D. Robb


James Patterson

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines and Habits of Billionaires, Icons and World-Class Performers

Timothy Ferris

Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot ContessaCookbook

Ina Garten

Appetites: A Cookbook

Anthony Bourdain

The Magnolia Story

Chip and Joanna Gaines

Born to Run

Bruce Springsteen

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

Amy Schumer

Pinkalicious and Planet Pink

Victoria Kann

The Gutsy Girl: Escapades For Your Life of Adventure

Caroline Paul

Diary of a Minecraft Zombie, Book 5

Death Weavers

Brandon Mull

The Apprentice's Quest

Erin Hunter

Double Down (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11)

Jeff Kinney

Tales form a Not-so-friendly Frenemy (Dork Diaries #11)

Rachel Renee Russell

The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase #2)

Rick Riordan

The Fever Code (Maze Runner #5)

James Dashner

The Way I Used To Be

Amber Smith

A Tyranny of Petticoats

A Study in Charlotte

Brittany Cavallaro

Snow Job

Charles Benoit

The Lifeboat Clique

Kathy Parks

The Leaving Season

Cat Jordan

Into the Dim

Janet Taylor

The Great Hunt

Wendy Higgins

The Forbidden Orchid

Sharon Biggs Waller

The Blood Passage

Heather Demetrios

The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase #2)

Rick Riordan

The Fever Code (Maze Runner #5)

James Dashner