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All Washoe County Library locations will be closed on Sunday and Monday, November 11 and 12, for the Veterans Day holiday. The North Valleys Library will also be closed on Tuesday, November 13.

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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.

Wayne Holland

Wayne Holland has family roots in Nevada which inspired his retirement to Reno. With an engineering degree from UCLA and an MBA from California State University at Long Beach, he worked for 35 years in manufacturing with Ford Motor and Kenworth Truck Company. Wayne was a Crisis Center volunteer with the Ross County Mental Health Department and also prepared income taxes for United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax program. He served on the boards of Chillicothe Metropolitan Housing and Habitat For Humanity, and served as Board President for both Red Cross and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and as Vice Chair of Metropolitan Housing. Wayne currently volunteers with Awaken INC, the 360 Blueprint reading program at Robert Mitchell Elementary School, and assists the school librarian at Greenbrae Elementary School. Wayne believes strongly in giving back to his local community, and believes Washoe County Library System can be an effective tool in improving Washoe County school performance.

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.

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.

2018

2017

  • 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) - CANCELED
  • 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 - CANCELED
  • 08/16/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - Incline Village Library
  • 07/19/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - South Valleys Library
  • 06/21/2017 - Agenda - Minutes - South Valleys Library - CANCELED
  • 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

2016

2015

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

Print

The Storyteller

Traci Chee

Pulp

Robin Talley

The Lying Woods

Ashley Elston

Girls on the Line

Jennie Liu

Dry

Neal Shusterman

The Crimes of Grindelwald

J.K. Rowling

Sleep, My Bunny

Rosemary Wells

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow

Jessica Townsend

All Right Already!

Jory John

Oath of Office

Marc Cameron

Kingdom of the Blind

Louise Penny

Hazards of Time Travel

Joyce Carol Oates

Blood Feud

Mike Lupica

Acid for the Children

Flea

The Other Miss Bridgerton

Julia Quinn

Master of His Fate

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Homeward Hound

Rita Mae Brown

Fire & Blood

George R.R. Martin

Beauchamp Hall

Danielle Steel

Target

James Patterson

Thanks a Thousand

A.J. Jacobs

The Sky-Blue Wolves

S.M. Stirling

The Shadows We Hide

Allen Eskens

Quarterback

John Feinstein

Out of the Maze

Spencer Johnson

Night of Miracles

Elizabeth Berg

Look Alive Twenty-five

Janet Evanovich

Long Road To Mercy

David Baldacci

Limetown

Jack Akers

Let's Go, So We Can Get Back

Jeff Tweedy

Becoming

Michelle Obama

The Allies

Winston Groom

You Don't Own Me

Mary Higgins Clark

Sea of Greed

Clive Cussler

A Pocketful of Crows

Joanne Harris

Nine Perfect Strangers

Liane Moriarty

My One and Only Duke

Grace Burrowes

In the Galway Silence

Ken Bruen

Forever and a Day

Anthony Horowitz

The Feral Detective

Jonathan Lethem

The Colors of All the Cattle

Alexander McCall Smith

A Christmas Revelation

Anne Perry

Past Tense

Lee Child

Elevation

Stephen King

Dark Sacred Night

Michael Connelly

Vendetta

Iris Johansen

The Reckoning

John Grisham

Not Quite Over You

Susan Mallery

When We Were Young

Karen Kingsbury

Unsheltered

Barbara Kingsolver

Shell Game

Sara Paretsky

Every Breath

Nicholas Sparks

Desperate Measures

Stuart Woods

The Witch Elm

Tana French

Winter in Paradise

Elin Hilderbrand

The Next Person You Meet In Heaven

Mitch Albom

Killing Commendatore

Haruki Murakami

Holy Ghost

John Sandford

The Clockmaker's Daughter

Kate Morton

Ambush

James Patterson

War of the Wolf

Bernard Cornwell

Street Freaks

Terry Brooks

A Spark of Light

Jodi Picoult

Red Moon

Kim Stanley Robinson

An Easy Death

Charlaine Harris

Dragon's Code

Gig McCaffrey

The Dead Ringer

M.C. Beaton

Consumed

J.R. Ward

Blood Communion

Anne Rice

Alaskan Holiday

Debbie Macomber

Transcription

Kate Atkinson

Christmas Cake Murder

Joanne Fluke

A Willing Murder

Jude Devereaux

Time's Convert

Deborah Harkness

Dark Tide Rising

Anne Perry

Button Man

Andrew Gross

Shadow Tyrants

Clive Cussler

Katerina

James Frey

The Forbidden Door

Dean Koontz

Colorblind

Reed Farrel Coleman

Juror #3

James Patterson

Timeless

R.A. Salvatore

Sea Prayer

Khaled Hosseini

Salvation

Peter F. Hamilton

Leverage in Death

J.D. Robb

John Woman

Walter Mosley

In His Father's Footsteps

Danielle Steel

Field of Bones

Judith Jance

Dark Sentinel

Christine Feehan

Walking Shadows

Faye Kellerman

Safe and Sound

Fern Michaels

The Mystery of Three Quarters

Sophie Hannah

Pieces of Her

Karin Slaughter

Desolation Mountain

William Kent Krueger

Feared

Lisa Scottoline

Texas Ranger

James Patterson

The Washington Decree

Jussi Adler-Olsen

Toucan Keep a Secret

Donna Andrews

Tailspin

Sandra Brown

Serpentine

Laurell K. Hamilton

The Prisoner in the Castle

Susan Elia MacNeal

The Money Shot

Stuart Woods

The Middleman

Olen Steinhauer

In Extremis

Lindsey Hilsum

Homebody

Joanna Gaines

Heads You Win

Jeffrey Archer

Did You Just Eat That?

Paul Dawson

Whole30 Slow Cooker

Melissa Hartwig

The Mamba Mentality

Kobe Bryant

Cook Like a Pro

Ina Garten

The Library Book

Susan Orlean

In the Hurricane's Eye

Nathaniel Philbrick

Impeachment

Jon Meacham

Brief Answers to the Big Questions

Stephen Hawking

My Squirrel Days

Ellie Kemper

Dare To Lead

Brene Brown

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

Nick Offerman

The Fifth Risk

Michael Lewis

Whiskey in a Teacup

Reese Witherspoon

This is the Day

Tim Tebow

Rising Out of Hatred

Eli Saslow

Leadership

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Killing the SS

Bill O'Reilly

Accessory to War

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Small Fry

Lisa Brennan-Jobs

How Do We Look

Mary Beard

The Coddling of the American Mind

Jonathan Haidt

The Tangled Tree

David Quammen

How Schools Work

Arne Duncah

Fly Girls

Keith O'Brien

The Raging Storm

Erin Hunter

Little Dreamers

Vashti Harrison

Inkling

Kenneth Oppel

Flashback

Shannon Messenger

Children of Jubilee

Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Meltdown

Jeff Kinney

Wrath of the Dragon King

Brandon Mull

THe Snowy Nap

Jan Brett

Land of Stories

Chris Colfer

Carmela Full of Wishes

Matt de la Peña

The Genius Experiment

James Patterson

The Wall in the Middle of the Book

Jon Agee

Spy School Goes South

Stuart Gibbs

A Map of Days

Ransom Riggs

Louisiana's Way Home

Kate DiCamillo

I Lost My Tooth

Mo Willems

The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare

Shannon Hale

A Parade of Elephants

Kevin Henkes

Big Nate Goes Bananas

Lincoln Peirce

The Alphabet Book With No Pictures

B.J. Novak

Saving Winslow

Sharon Creech

Unbelievably Boring Bart

James Patterson

Wings of Fire

Tui Sutherland

How Do Dinosaurs Learn To Read

Jane Yolen

The Exile's Hunter

Erin Hunter

A Dog Named Doug

Karma Wilson

Tales From a Not-So-Happy Birthday

Rachel Renee Russell

The Itchy Book

Mo Willems

The Nerdiest, Wimpiest, Dorkiest Ifunny Ever

James Patterson

Pete the Kitty and the Groovy Playdate

James Dean

Llama Llama Loves to Read

Anna Dewdney

The Last

Katherine Applegate

The Burning Maze

Rick Riordan

Skyward

Brandon Sanderson

Little White Lies

Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix

Julie C. Dao

Girls of Paper and Fire

Natasha Ngan

Archenemies

Marissa Meyer

Kingdom of Ash

Sarah Maas

Muse of Nightmares

Laini Taylor

A Blade So BLack

L.L. McKinney

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Hank Green

Wildcard

Marie Lu

Imposters

Scott Westerfeld

Two Dark Reigns

Kendare Blake

People Kill People

Ellen Hopkins

The Emerald Sea

Richelle Mead

A Reaper at the Gates

Yahir Sabaa

Neverworld Wake

Marisha Pessl

Legendary

Stephanie Garber

War Storm

Victoria Aveyard

A Court of Frost and Starlight

Sarah Maas

Leah on the Offbeat

Becky Albertalli

The Fates Divide

Veronica Roth

Stormcaster

Cinda Williams Chima