Makerspace Services & Studio775
Idea and Experience Boxes rotate throughout Washoe County Library System.
What is a Makerspace, and what are Idea and Experience Boxes?
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.
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 rotate throughout Washoe County Library System.
Learn to play an instrument or just pick one up and give it a try. Guitar, Drum, Keyboard, and Bass.
March/April 2017 - North Valleys Library; May/June 2017 - Northwest Reno Library
These popular award-winning electronic building blocks can be used to create inventions, large and small, while learning about technology.
March/April 2017 - Northwest Reno Library; May/June 2017 - Incline Village Library
Lots of inspiration for explorers of all ages!
March/April 2017 - Spanish Springs Library; May/June 2017 - North Valleys Library
Building Now and Then
Do you remember Lincoln Logs? Have you tried Zometools? Now is your chance.
March/April 2017 - Downtown Reno Library; May/June 2017 - Sparks Library
Paint & Pastels
Tap in to your inner Michelangelo while you release your inner artist with guided instructional videos.
May/June 2017 - Sierra View Library
Photo Booth Fun
Pick a prop and a take a picture—share with your friends all the fun you can have at the library.
March/April 2017 - Sparks Library; May/June 2017 - Spanish Springs Library
Become an engineer! Build a car or train tracks; custom design your own plane and take it home.
March/April 2017 - Sierra View Library; May/June 2017 - Downtown Reno Library
Explore the natural wonder of plants, dig in, and get your hands dirty!
March/April 2017 - Incline Village Library; May/June 2017 - South Valleys Library
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.