Makerspace Services & Studio775
Idea and Experience Boxes rotate throughout Washoe County Library System.
What is a makerspace?
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.
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.
What are Idea and Experience Boxes?
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 will be rotating in libraries throughout the year and include the following:
Learn to play an instrument or just pick one up and give it a try. Guitar, Drum, Keyboard, and Bass.
Fit for Fun
Exercise your stress away with this Idea and Experience Box.
Apocalypse Survival Camp
With the popularity of dystopia novels and “end of the world” T.V. shows, in the Apocalypse Survival Camp everyone is invited to participate in documenting civilization for future library users. Take photos with props in a desolate environment, make catapults, bring trinkets for a time capsule, and have fun!
Building Now and Then
Do you remember Lincoln Logs? Have you tried Zometools? Now is your chance.
Learn to Paint
Tap in to your inner Michelangelo while you learn to paint with guided instructional videos. A photo booth will also be available to document your masterpiece.
Photo Booth Fun
Pick a prop and a take a picture—share with your friends all the fun you can have at the library.
Oh the Places You’ll Go (Dr. Seuss)
Where have you been? Where would you like to go? Share it on our big map and in a photo booth.
Become an engineer! Build a car or train tracks; custom design your own plane and take it home.