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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.

Idea Box Rotation Schedule
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Music station

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

Little Bits

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

Tinker Box

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

Zoom Zoom

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

Grow It

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.


A Court of Wings and Ruin

Sarah J. Maas

Strange the Dreamer

Laini Taylor

Stranger Than Fanfiction

Chris Colfer

The Last of August

Brittany Cavallero

We're All Wonders

R. J. Palacio

Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven adventure

Brandon Mull

Middle School: Escape to Australia

James Patterson

The Width of the World (Vega Jane #3)

David Baldacci

Sleep Like A Baby

Charlaine Harris

Holly and Ivy

Fern Michaels

Degrade and Destroy

Michael R. Gordon

Why Buddhism is True

Robert Wright

The Odyssey of Echo COmpany

Doug Stanton

An Echo of Murder

Anne Perry

The Romanov Ransom

Clive Cussler

A Column of Fire

Ken Follett

Believe Me: My Battle With the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease

Yolanda Hadid

Secrets in Death

J.D. Robb

The Right Time

Danielle STeel

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

David Yaffe

Kill The Heroes

David Thurlo

Don't Let Go

Harlan Coben

Y Is For...

Sue Grafton

The Room of White Fire

T. Jefferson Parker


Robin Cook

Without Fear or Favor

Robert K. Tananbaum

Seeing Red

Sandra Brown

I Know A Secret

Tess Gerritsen


Lisa Scottoline

The Store

James Patterson

The Paris Spy

Susan Elia MacNeal

The Color of Fear

Marcia Muller

Barely Legal

Stuart Woods

Any Dream Will Do

Debbie Macomber

The Dolls

James Patterson

On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service

Rhys Bowen

Crime Scene

Jonathan Kellerman

The Story of Arthur Truluv

Elizabeth Berg

Paradise Valley

C.J. Box


Linda Fairstein

Look Behind You

Iris Johansen

The Late Show

Michael Connelly

A Distant View of Everything

Alexander McCall-Smith

The Breakdown

B.A. Paris


Jeff Abbott

Two Nights

Kathy Reichs

Some Kind of Hero

Suzanne Brockmann

Beautiful Tempest

Johanna Lindsey


Julie Garwood

Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism

Mark R. Levin

The Reason You're Alive

Matthew Quick

Persons Unknown

Susie Steiner

Thief of Hearts

Tess Gerritsen


Bryn Chancellor

Since We Fell

Dennis Lehane

Saints for All Occasions

J. Courtney Sullivan

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Gail Honeyman

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

Kate Moore

The Leavers

Lisa Ko

The Dark Prophecy - The Trials of Apollo #2

Rick Riordan

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Heil DeGrasse Tyson

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain - for Life

David Perlmutter

We Were the Lucky Ones

Georgia Hunter

The Spy

Paolo Coelho

The Princess Diarist

Carrie Fisher


Michael Chabon

Night School

Lee Child


Frederik Backman

Anything is Possible

Elizabeth Strout

The Stars are Fire

Anita Shreve

The Shadow Land

Elizabeth Kostova

Waking Gods: Book 2 of the Themis Files

Sylvain Neuvel

A Twist in Time

Julie McElwain

Miss You

Kate Eberlen

The Women in the Castle

Jessica Shattuck

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

Hannah Tinti

Old School: Life in the Sane Lane

Bill O'Reilly

Vicious Circle

C.J. Box

The Wanderers

Meg Howrey

In This Grave Hour

Jacqueline Winspear


Caitriona Lally

The Cutthroat

Clive Cussler

Say Nothing

Brad Parks

The Hearts of Men

Nickolas Butler

From This Day

Nora Roberts

Bone Box

Faye Kellerman

Banana Cream Pie Murder

Joanne Fluke

Setting Free the Kites

Alex George

A Piece of the World

Christina Baker Kline

Heartbreak Hotel

Jonathan Kellerman

Gilded Cage

Vic James

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

Jennifer Ryan


Robert B. Parker

My Not So Perfect Life

Sophie Kinsella

Garden of Lamentations

Deborah Crombie

Echoes in Death

J.D. Robb

Dangerous Games

Danielle Steel

All Our Wrong Todays

Elan Mastai

Power Game

Christine Feehan

Clownfish Blues

Tim Dorsey

The Mistress

Danielle Steel

Below the Belt

Stuart Woods

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

Killer of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

David Grann

Wired to Eat

Robb Wolf

Joy the Baker Over Easy: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Leisurely Days

Joy Wilson

The Greatest Story Ever Told So Far: Why Are We Here?

Lawrence M. Krauss

The Stranger in the Woods

Michael Finkel

Norse Mythology

Neil Gaiman

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

Timothy Ferris

We're All Wonders

R. J. Palacio

Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven adventure

Brandon Mull

Middle School: Escape to Australia

James Patterson

The Width of the World (Vega Jane #3)

David Baldacci

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

The Dark Prophecy - The Trials of Apollo #2

Rick Riordan

Double Down (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11)

Jeff Kinney

A Court of Wings and Ruin

Sarah J. Maas

Strange the Dreamer

Laini Taylor

Stranger Than Fanfiction

Chris Colfer

The Last of August

Brittany Cavallero

King's Cage

Victoria Aveyard

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