Older adults! We need your feedback on technology. Please take our brief survey.

 

Washoe County Library logo

Maker Services

New at the branches:

All Washoe County Library branches recently received a set of Cricut machines to use for Maker events, library displays, and craft times. Branches will soon begin offering Cricut events at each branch, with opportunities to make bookmarks, keychains, mugs, tote bags, and other creative items.

Roland-Cutter-01.jpg

Located on the fourth floor of the Downtown Reno Library, the Quad is Washoe County Library System's flagship makerspace.

A library makerspace provides an environment that nurtures learning and exploration, fosters innovation, and inspires creativity while cultivating 21st Century skills such as critical thinking, creativity, communication, and technical expertise. It is a social space where makers of all ages can gather, create, and invent in a collaborative environment.

The Quad features tools and materials that patrons can use free of charge. Every Wednesday from 3 to 6 pm the Quad is open to the public and is staffed by library employees and volunteers who offer assistance and instruction. On these afternoons we focus on projects using the heat press in combination with either the vinyl cutter or sublimation printer (on alternating weeks).

 

See upcoming Quad events

 

Heat Press

EquipmentHeatPress.png

This HPN Signature Series heat press includes a digital timer and temperature gauge, gas shock opening mechanism, slide-out lower platen, and a magnetic auto-open release. Bring a T-shirt, towel, or canvas bag with a blank surface; print a graphic using our Roland vinyl cutter, and use the heat press to apply the design to your item.

 

 

 

Mug Press

mugpress.png

The HPN Signature Series mug press can be used in combination with the sublimation printer to transfer full-color images onto a variety of metal and ceramic mugs. It accomodates standard 11 and 15 ounce mugs, as well as tall 17 ounce latte mugs.

 

 

Sublimation Printer

EquipmentSublimationPrinter.png

The Sawgrass Virtuoso SG400 dye-sublimation printer can be used to print vivid designs that can be transferred to fabric, ceramic, metal, and other materials using a heat press. Bring a flash drive with a .jpg of your favorite photo, and create a coaster, metal bookmark, or mug.

 

Vinyl Cutter

EquipmentVinylCutter.jpg

Capable of cutting self-stick vinyl up to 24 inches wide, the Roland GS-2 can be used to make decals for car windows, walls, and almost any other surface. Or you can create a design that can be applied to a T-shirt or tote bad using the heat press. Vinyl is available in black, white, yellow, blue, orange, red, gray, green, and purple. Bring your own .jpg or .bmp image on a USB drive, or select one of our designs to try.

 

 

What can you do with a Cricut machine?

  • Create beautiful greeting cards, stickers, holiday decorations.
  • Create iron-on vinyl designs for T-shirts, aprons, shoes, and more, then use the EasyPress 2 or the Easypress Mini to adhere them.
  • Create a colorful design with the Cricut Maker using infusible ink pens, then use the Cricut Mug Press to create a unique gift with your own original design on the mug.
  • Create a one-of-a-kind tote bag with your personalized vinyl design on the bag.
  • Make a sticker for your water bottle.

Check the Calendar of Events for upcoming Cricut events at your branch.

 

Cricut Machines at the Library

Cricut Maker

This versatile cutting machine cuts everything from paper and fabric to vinyl and cardstock. And cutting isn’t the only thing it can do, you can insert different color markers and pens to draw intricate designs on your material. Just think of all the possibilities for crafting and creating.

Cricut EasyPress 2

Combining the speed of a heat press and the convenience of an iron, the heat press makes easy work of iron-on transfers, heat transfer vinyl designs, and sublimation printing. Use the Cricut Maker to cut a design using heat transfer vinyl. Weed your vinyl design, then use the EasyPress2 to adhere the design to a t-shirt, apron, tote bag, and more.

Cricut Mug Press

The Cricut Mug Press takes the work out of guessing how much pressure and time to use on your sublimation mugs. You create the sublimation design using fusible ink on paper, tape the paper to the mug, then insert it in the press and close it up. That’s it! When it beeps, it’s done. Let the mug cool off for a while, then remove the paper to reveal a colorful, one-of-a-kind mug.

Cricut EasyPress Mini

This small press makes easy work of pressing designs on curved items such as hat visors, shoes and stuffed animals, and even gets in between buttons.

Cricut Links and Tutorials

Use Cricut’s Design Space to design and cut on the Cricket Maker. Sign up for a free Design Space account at design.cricut.com. Here are some useful Cricut videos:

There are a lot of designs you can purchase in Design Space, but there are also lots of free designs and ideas for using your Cricut. Here are a few links that we like:

 

 

Materials housed within the library as well as graphics or illustrations obtained by patrons may be protected by copyright. Patrons are responsible for abiding by copyright restrictions and obtaining any necessary permissions when using those resources.

 

Print

The Wall Street Journal

Full access to the most recent issues of the Journal

Libby/OverDrive

Our main digital collection, with thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines

The New York Times

Complimentary digital access to The New York Times

Reading Challenges

Participate in all our reading challenges with the Beanstack app

TechBoomers

Learn popular technology, apps, and websites with a senior focus

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Detailed, user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines

NoveList Plus

Reading recommendations, series information, and more tools for readers

Mango Languages

Easy access to language learning . More than 72 languages offered.

LinkedIn Learning

Creative, business, and technology courses for in-depth learning

Computer Skills Center

Video courses to learn popular software and computer basics

1,000 Miles Project

The first-hand account of a 1914 prospecting trip across Nevada provides an engaging way to study history

WorldBook Online

With activities and a suite of research tools, it's more than an encyclopedia

TumbleBook Library

A collection of talking, animated picture books and ebooks for kids

Virtual Story Time

Washoe County Library story times, right in your home, every day

Libby/OverDrive

Our main digital collection, with thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines

Teaching at Home

Help your child's education continue even when the schools are closed

1,000 Miles Project

The first-hand account of a 1914 prospecting trip across Nevada provides an engaging way to study history

WorldBook Online

With activities and a suite of research tools, it's more than an encyclopedia

Teaching at Home

Help your child's education continue even when the schools are closed

Brainfuse HelpNow

Live homework help, writing lab, test prep, and other student resources

Explora

Research resources and tools for students and teachers

Virtual Story Time

Washoe County Library story times, right in your home, every day

STEAM

Science, technology, engineering, and art resources

Reopening Plan

See our plan for a safe, responsible reopening of our physical locations

Teaching at Home

Help your child's education continue even when the schools are closed

Family Engagement and Literacy

Cultural and educational resources for kids of all ages

Get a Card

Sign up for an instant digital card to get access to all our online resources.

Community Resources

Resources and support during the coronavirus outbreak

Back to Work Nevada

Links to resume help, unemployment insurance, and business loan providers

Apps and Tools

Many of our most popular resources have apps for easy use on mobile devices.

TumbleBiblioteca

Disfrute de más de 50 libros, libros de dibujos, y libros con audio para niños de todas las edades.

Referencia Latina

Texto completo cubre una amplia gama de temas dentro y fuera de la academia.

OverDrive

Colección de libros electrónicos y audiolibros descargables en inglés o español y revistas.

The New York Times

Acceso gratuito en línea al New York Times, tanto de forma remota como en la biblioteca.

HelpNow

Tutoría en vivo en español o inglés está disponible con Brainfuse HelpNow