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Library Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Washoe County Library System is appointed by the Washoe County Commissioners in accordance with NRS 379.022, and is responsible for governing the operations of Washoe County Library System. The Library Board appoints the Library Director and evaluates his or her performance, helps set Library goals and objectives, approves policies, monitors the Library's finances, evaluates the Library's overall effectiveness, and advocates for the Library in the community.

Wendy Alderman, Chair

Wendy Alderman Wendy Alderman relocated to Northern Nevada 25 years ago to start-up a manufacturing facility, and she had a library card even before her home had a refrigerator!  Wendy has served on the board of the Friends of Washoe County Library and is committed to the library remaining a vibrant and accessible resource for our community.  Balancing resources and community needs in areas such as collection development, electronic and digital resources and operating hours are some of the opportunities facing our library system. Wendy has an MBA in Marketing from Northwestern University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.  She has over 25 years of experience in product design, manufacturing and business development, in diverse industries.  She is married and has three grown children.

Zanny Marsh, Vice Chair

Zanny Marsh Zanny Marsh is the Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Northern Nevada, where she provides leadership for 4 offices in Elko, Winnemucca, Reno, and Inline Village and works alongside more than 150 volunteers. As an active community volunteer, Zanny is a Trustee for KNPB and she serves on the Board of Directors for Cultural Arts Nevada. She is past Chairman of Seniors in Service, which sponsors Foster Grandparents and Senior Companion Programs, and is a past president of Truckee Meadows Tomorrow (TMT), the only community indicator organization in northern Nevada. Zanny holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s in Justice Management. She was appointed Faculty Emeritus from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she co-developed and teaches a graduate course in UNR’s School of Social Justice and Research Studies.

Ted Parkhill

Ted Parkhill is a founding partner and CEO of systematic macro investment manager Incline Investment Management (IIM). Mr. Parkhill also provides strategic consulting services to hedge funds through Parkhill Financial, LLC and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Business at Sierra Nevada College. Prior to IIM he was the director of a multi-billion dollar quantitative convertible securities manager.  He was a senior executive at John W. Henry & Company in Boca Raton, FL.  Before joining the alternative investment space in 2001, Mr. Parkhill spent over ten years in various management roles in the mutual fund industry, notably with the Ivy Funds in the U.S. and with Investors Group in Canada.  He began his career as an investment analyst with Great-West Life. Mr. Parkhill earned his MBA from Cornell University with concentrations in Finance and Marketing. He received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Manitoba.  He holds multiple securities licenses and has earned the Chartered Financial Planning (CFP) designation.  He is married with three children and resides in Crystal Bay, Nevada.

Jean Stoess 

 Jean Stoess became familiar with Washoe County Library System when she and her three pre-school children read their way around the circular room in the Downtown Reno Library. In 1977, Jean became the first woman to serve on the Washoe County Commission. She also served on boards of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the Regional Transportation Commission, and the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority. Jean has a BA in Business Administration from the University of Oregon and an MA in Journalism from UNR. She managed 13 Western states for a national news agency providing election returns to TV networks and wire services, and has co-authored, edited, or indexed over fifteen books.

Derek Wilson

Derek Wilson is a founding partner of Rubicon Design Group, a land use and urban planning firm located in Reno.  Derek served on the Citizens' Advisory Committee on the Future of the Washoe County Library System where he focused on existing and future library facilities.  He and his wife are pleased to see their young daughter learning to enjoy the library as much as they do.  Derek has a Masters Degree in Economics from Stanford University.

The Library Board meets regularly on the third Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m., usually at one of the library's twelve locations. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.


  • 12/19/2018 - Agenda - Minutes - Downtown Reno Library
  • 11/21/2018 - Agenda - Minutes - North Valleys Library
  • 10/17/2018 - Agenda - Minutes - South Valleys Library
  • 09/19/2018 - Agenda - Minutes - Sierra View Library
  • 08/15/2018 - Agenda - Minutes - Incline Village Library
  • 07/18/2018 - Agenda - Minutes - Northwest Reno Library
  • 06/20/2018 - Agenda - Minutes - Northwest Reno Library
  • 05/16/2018 - Agenda - Minutes - Sparks Library
  • 04/18/2018 - Agenda - Minutes - Sparks Library
  • 03/21/2018 - Agenda - Minutes - Spanish Springs Library
  • 02/28/2018 - Agenda - Minutes - Spanish Springs Library - Workshop
  • 02/27/2018 - Agenda - Minutes - Joint BCC/LBOT
  • 02/21/2018 - Agenda - Minutes - Spanish Springs Library - CANCELLED
  • 01/24/2018 - Agenda - Minutes - Downtown Reno Library
  • 01/17/2018 - Agenda - Minutes - Downtown Reno Library - CANCELLED


  • 12/20/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Sierra View Library - (Location Change)
  • 11/15/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - North Valleys Library
  • 10/18/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Hard Rock Hotel (South Lake Tahoe) - CANCELLED
  • 10/16/17-10/18/2017 - Notice of Possible Quorum - Hard Rock Hotel (South Lake Tahoe)
  • 09/27/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Downtown Reno Library (special meeting)
  • 09/20/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Sierra View Library - CANCELLED
  • 08/16/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Incline Village Library
  • 07/19/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - South Valleys Library
  • 06/21/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - South Valleys Library - CANCELLED
  • 05/17/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Northwest Reno Library
  • 05/03/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Downtown Reno Library (special meeting)
  • 04/19/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Spanish Springs Library
  • 04/19/2017 - Notice of Possible Quorum - Spanish Springs Library
  • 03/15/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Sparks Library
  • 02/22/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Sparks Library
  • 02/15/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Sparks Library - RESCHEDULED
  • 01/18/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Downtown Reno Library



Washoe County Library System Strategic Planning Process for 2018-2020

Download the Complete Strategic Plan (including summary)  Download the One-Page Summary

The Nevada State Library, Archives, and Public Records requires each library in the state of Nevada to have a two year strategic plan. For this strategic planning cycle, Washoe County Library System used the Planning for Results process. Planning for Results was developed by the Public Library Association and provides support through training and guidebooks. Our goal was to ensure that we would address the most critical needs of the community while at the same time being good stewards of the public trust. 

Washoe County Library System staff are very connected with the community, making staff an ideal pool of experts to inform administration's decision-making process. Each member of the Library's Leadership Team (consisting of Branch Managers and System-level administrators) selected three stakeholders in the community. Team members and library staff then met with these stakeholders for interviews. The purpose of these meetings was to get the community's perspective on critical needs and how the library could help address them.

We asked over 40 community stakeholders the following questions:

  • What would our community look like in five years if it solved all of its problems?
  • What are the roadblocks?
  • What are the opportunities?
  • What should the library's role become?

Service Roles: Washoe County Library is a Community Hub; Washoe County Library Grows Young Readers; Washoe County Library Provides Opportunities to Express Creativity; Washoe County Library Wants Residents to Know Their Community

All of the interview information was reviewed for major themes and divided into categories developed by the Planning for Results process. Library staff also connected the major themes from the interview with services already provided. A library is more effective when it decides on a clear direction and focuses on only a few service areas, so part of the intent of this process was to help focus our resources on three to five key service areas.

Download the Complete Strategic Plan (including summary)  Download the One-Page Summary

Previous Strategic Plans

Annual Reports

Other Plans & Reports


Leah on the Offbeat

Becky Albertalli

The Fates Divide

Veronica Roth


Cinda Williams Chima

I Have Lost My Way

Gayle Forman

Fly Guy and the Alienzz

Ted Arnold


Jason Reynolds


Jason Reynolds

Rescue and Jessica

Jessica Kensky

I Got It!

David Wiesner


Kwame Alexander

The 17th Suspect

James Patterson

Twisted Prey

John Sandford

Shattered Mirror

Iris Johansen

Magnolia Table

Joanna Gaines

The Feather Thief

Kirk Johnson

The Family Table

Jazz Smollet-Warwell

The Best Cook in the World

Rick Bragg


Christopher Moore

A Higher Loyalty

James Comey

Head On

John Scalzi

The First Family

Daniel Palmer

The Family Gathering

Robyn Carr

THe Fallen

David Baldacci

Bad Men and Wicked Women

Eric Jerome Dickey

Twenty-one Days

Anne Perry

The Thief

J.R. Ward

Sixth Day

Catherine Coulter

Shoot First

Stuart Woods

Natural Causes

Barbara Ehrenreich


Jo Nesbo

The Good Pilot Peter Wodehouse

Alexander McCall Smith

Fascism: A Warning

Madeline Albright

The Cutting Edge

Jeffery Deaver

At My Table

Nigella Lawson

After Anna

Lisa Scottoline

Women in Sunlight

Frances Mayes

Why Kill the Innocent

C.S. Harris


Charles Frazier

The Trump White House

Ronald Kessler

True Stories From an Unreliable Witness

Christine Lahti

Space Opera

Catherynne Valente


Kevin Hearne

Rocket Men

Robert Kurson

The Recovering

Leslie Jamison

Queen Anne's Lace

Susan Wittig Albert

Miss Julia Raises the Roof

Ann B. Ross

Look Alive Out There

Sloane Crosley

Lady in Red

Sheila Tate

The Knowledge

Martha Grimes

In Conclusion, Don't Worry About It

Lauren Graham

Hunting El Chapo

Andrew Hogan

I've Got My Eyes On You

Mary Higgins Clark

The Geraldo Show

Geraldo Rivera

The Female Persuasion

Meg Wolitzer


Eileen McNamara

Debbie Macomber's Table

Debbie Macomber

Cave of Bones

Anne Hillerman

All the Beautiful Lies

Peter Swanson

The Accidental Guardian

Mary Connealy

WHere There's Hope

Elizabeth Smart

Twice Bitten

Lynsay Sands

To Die But Once

Jacqueline Winspear

To Change the Church

Ross Douthat

The Disappeared

C.J. Box

Red Alert

James Patterson

Fifty Fifty

James Patterson

All-American Murder

James Patterson

Children of Blood and Bone

Tomi Adeyemi

The Temptation of Forgiveness

Donna Leon

The Punishment She Deserves

Elizabeth George

Every Note Played

Lisa Genova

Duel to the Death

J.A. Jance

Covert Game

Christine Feehan

The Bishop's Pawn

Steve Berry

Alternate Side

Anna Quindlen

Accidental Heroes

Danielle Steel

The Rising Sea

Clive Cussler

THe Merry Spinster

Mallory Ortberg

The Flight Attendant

Christopher A. Bohjalian

A Dangerous Game

Heather Graham

Caribbean Rim

Randy Wayne White

The Third Victim

Philip Margolin

Plum Tea Crazy

Laura Childs

The Last Jedi

Jason Fry

Lake Silence

Anne Bishop

If I Live

Terri Blackstock

The Family Next Door

Sally Hepworth

The Escape Artist

Brad Meltzer

The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover

Susan Wittig Albert

A Call To Vengeance

David Weber

Burn Bright

Patricia Briggs

The Bags of Tricks Affair

Bill Pronzini

As You Wish

Jude Devereaux

Black Mirror

Charlie Brooker

Witch Creek

Laura Bickle

True to You

Jennifer Ryan

The Tangled Lands

Paolo Bacigalupi

Raspberry Danish Murder

Joanne Fluke

The Hush

John Hart

Hello Stranger

Lisa Kleypas

The Bad Daughter

Joy Fielding

The Tuscan Child

Rhys Bowen


Laura Lippman

One Last Breath

Lisa Jackson

Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories

Kelly Barnhill

Down the River Unto the Sea

Walter Mosley

Death on an Honest Man

M.C. Beaton

Agent in Place

Mark Greaney

White Houses

Amy Bloom


Helen Hardt

Surprise Me

Sophie Kinsella


John Lescroart

The Philosopher's Flight

Tom Miller

Night Moves

Jonathan Kellerman

The Woman in the Water

Charles Finch

Look For Me

Lisa Gardner

The Great Alone

Kristin Hannah

The Gone World

Tom Sweterlitsch

The Gate Keeper

Charles Todd

Force of Nature

Jane Harper

THe Deceivers

Alex Berenson

Child of a Mad God

R.A. Salvatore

Beautiful Days

Joyce Carol Oates

As Bright as Heaven

Susan Meissner

An American Marriage

Tayari Jones

A Death in Live Oak

James Grippando

Still Me

Jojo Moyes

The Pope of Palm Beach

Tim Dorsey

Into the Black Nowhere

Meg Gardiner

House of Secrets

V.C. Andrews


Greg Hurwitz

The Grave's a Fine and Private Place

Alan Bradley

Dark in Death

J.D. Robb

Act of Revenge

Dale Brown

The Wife

Alafair Burke

Sisters Like Us

Susan Mallery

Fall From Grace

Danielle Steel

Iron Gold

Pierce Brown

City of Endless Night

Douglas Preston

Shroud of Eternity

Terry Goodkind

Operator Down

Brad Taylor

Fools & Mortals

Bernard Cornwell

The English Wife

Lauren Willig

Blood Fury

J.R. Ward

The Woman in the Window

A.J. Finn


Stuart Woods


James Lee Burke

Promise Not to Tell

Jayne Ann Krentz


C.J. Cherryh

The Bomb Maker

Thomas Perry

The Wanted

Robert Crais


Helen Hardt


Ben Bova

THe Last Man in Tehran

Mark Henshaw

Firefly Cove

T. Davis Bunn

A Distant Heart

Sonali Dev

Death at Nuremberg

W.E.B. Griffin

Bloodstains with Brontë

Katherine Bolger Hyde

Year One

Nora Roberts

Wild Chamber

Christopher Fowler

Persepolis Rising

James S.A. Corey


Ragnar Jonasson

Insidious Intent

Val McDermid

The Girl in the Tower

Katherine Arden

Enchantress of Numbers

Jennifer Chiaverini

The Demon Crown

James Rollins

The Body in the Casket

Katherine Hall Page

Beau Death

Peter Lovesy

Russian Roulette

Michael Iskoff

To the Edges of the Earth

Edward Larson


Andrew Santella

THe Duchess

Penny Junor


Andrew Lloyd Weber

Survive Like a Spy

Jason Hanson

How Luck Happens

Janice Kaplan

Movie Nights with the Reagans

Mark Weinberg


Mark Hyman

Enlightenment Now

Steven Pinker

Don't Call Me Princess

Peggy Orenstein

In the Enemy's House

Howard Blum

Wallis in Love

Andrew Morton

The Triumph of Christianity

Bart D. Ehrman

The Unmaking of the President 2016

Lanny J. Davis

Sister of Darkness

Rachel H. Stavis

The Healing Self

Deepak Chopra


Rose McGowan

12 Rules for Life

Jordan B. Peterson

When They Call You a Terrorist

Patrisse Khan-Cullors


Daniel Pink

Tell Me More

Kelly Corrigan

Judgement Detox

Gabrielle Bernstein

THe Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

Margareta Magnusson

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

Dan Harris

The Little Book of Lykke

Meik Wiking

THe Last 100 Days: FDR at War and PEace

David B. Woolner

Charles Darwin

A.N. Wilson

THe Whole30 Fast and Easy Cookbook

Melissa Hartwig

The How Not To Die Cookbook

Michael Greger

The Doomsday Machine

Daniel Ellsberg

Atkins Eat Right Not Less

Colette Heimowitz

Anyone Who's Anyone

George Wayne

Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs

David Soman

Big Nate Silent But Deadly

Lincoln Peirce

The Wild Robot Escapes

Peter Brown

Time Jumpers

Brandon Mull


Junot Diaz

From Hero to Zero

James Patterson


Steve Antony

The Quest of the Cubs

Kathryn Lasky

Hi Jack

Mac Barnett

Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans

Russell Ginns

I Walk With Vanessa



Matt de la Pena

Oodles of Kittens

Jane O'Connor

Bad Kitty Camp Daze

Nick Bruel

Dog Man and Cat Kid

Dav Pilkey

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Vashti Harrison

Click Clack Moo I Love You

Doreen Cronin

The Magic Misfits

Neil Patrick Harris

The Caldera

John Flanagan

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

Oliver Jeffers

The Getaway

Jeff Kinney

Darkest Night

Erin Hunter

Mr. Limoncello's Great Library Race

Chris Grabenstein

Everything is Mama

Jimmy Fallon

The Ship of the Dead

Rick Riordan

Swing It, Sunny

Jennifer L. Holm

It Takes a Village

Hillary Rodham Clinton

The Empty Grave

Jonathan Stroud

Tigerheart's Shadow

Erin Hunter

THe Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate

Shannon Hale

Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties

Dav Pilkey

The Bad Seed

Jory John

Laugh Out Loud

James Patterson

Girls Who Code

Reshma Saujani


Amie Kaufman

A Girl Like That

Tanaz Bhathena

Tempest and Slaughter

Tamora Pierce

Immortal Reign

Morgan Rhodes

Love, Hate & Other Filters

Samira Ahmed


Sara Holland

The Cruel Prince

Holly Black

Before Now

Elizabeth Olson

The Truth Beneath the Lies

Amanda Searcy

Ever the Brave

Erin Summerill

The Speaker

Traci Chee


Marissa Meyer

The Becoming of Noah Shaw

Michelle Hodkin


Tamora Pierce

The Empress

S.J. Kincaid

Turtles All The Way Down

John Green

All The Crooked Saints

Maggie Stiefvater


Marie Lu

Genuine Fraud

E. Lockhart

The Finals Spark

Richard Paul Evans

Tower of Dawn

Sarah J. Maas

They Both Die At The End

Adam Silvera


Mercedes Lackey

Leia, Princess of Alderaan

Claudia Gray