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Just for Makers


The Quad

Washoe County Library System officially launched our new Makerspace on August 19, 2018. The QUAD is located in the Downtown Reno Library on the 4th Floor.

The QUAD features equipment, hardware, and software that the public can use free of charge to create, learn new technology, learn more about science, and practice artistic expression. 

“We are creating a space for patrons to experiment with all kinds of new technologies and tools to create and invent,” according to Library Director Jeff Scott. “By opening this new makerspace we can also help students acquire the skills needed for the 21st century.”

The Quad features hands-on equipment such as soldering stations, a vinyl cutter, and a 3D printer. With the help of our community we plan to offer classes and drop-in sessions. Following the grand opening on August 19, The QUAD will have open hours on Thursday afternoons from 3 pm until 6 pm (Thursday hours begin August 23).

What is a Makerspace?

A makerspace is a social space where makers of all ages can gather, create, invent, and explore in a collaborative environment.

Why does the library have a makerspace?

Washoe County Library provides opportunities to express creativity. 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 technology expertise. Makerspaces support learning through co-working and sharing ideas. From Coding Classes to STEAM spaces, all ages can find opportunities to become content creators, not just content consumers.

Maker Activities in Washoe County Libraries

Most Washoe County Library locations provide weekly and monthly maker and STEAM activities. You will find Idea Boxes, coding classes, STEAM spaces, Tech Cafés, and a variety of hands-on activities such as crocheting, knitting, scrapbooking and robotics. For a complete listing, please see the Calendar of Events.

What will you find in an Idea Box?

#1 Duct Tape Creations

Duct tape or “duck” tape has a unique history. Its’ use dates back to WWII to keep ammunition dry. Duct tape has also been used by NASA as a tool on space missions. Today duct tape is in every home repair kit and is also used for creative projects.

Activities: Make a duct tape bookmark, library card wallet, or pencil pouch
Find it: June-July Downtown Reno Library | August-September Sparks Library | October-November Spanish Springs Library 

#2 Bead On

Beads can be found in every culture on Earth, and signify great importance in some cultures.Beading provides a sense of accomplishment which contributes to creativity and self-expression. Beading is not just a creative leisure activity for all ages, but it also contributes to children’s development in the following areas: fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills, visual motor skills, cognitive skills and social skills. 

Activities: Make a button necklace or bracelet, kid necklaces and bracelets, adult bracelets, toe rings, bookmarks, and try the lacing activities for toddlers!
Find it: June-July South Valleys Library | August-September Sierra View Library | October-November Downtown Reno Library

#3 Miniature Gardens

Zen gardens are traditionally carefully composed landscapes with arrangements of rocks, water features, moss, pruned trees and bushes. Some also incorporate gravel or sand that is raked to represent ripples in water. Since we all don’t have the time or patience to create a beautiful Zen garden in our backyards, try this tabletop version.

Activities: Create a small Zen garden out of sand and colored glass stones. Use the bamboo skewers to draw patterns in your sand, or place some colorful stones in your Zen garden.
Find it: June-July Sparks Library | August-September Spanish Springs Library | October-November North Valleys Library

#4 Origami & Paper Art

Origami, derived from the Japanese words oru (to fold) and kami (paper), has been a recreational and ceremonial art tradition in Japan since the early 1600s. The purist origami artist does not use tools to cut or glue the paper being worked with, but relies on oftentimes intricate geometrical folding to create delicate mathematical works of art.

Activities:

  1. Fold a Peace Crane: Patrons may refer to printed directions on how to fold a peace crane and add it to a growing string of cranes to travel along in the system, or take your crane home.
  2. Fold Me a Poem: Patrons may draw inspiration from Fold Me a Poem to write poetry based on their origami creations.

Find it: June-July North Valleys Library | August-September Northwest Reno Library | October-November Incline Village Library

#5 Sound of Science

Science is in everything, especially in the sounds we hear. Learn how sound waves create different tones and noises. Make new sounds with a variety of singing bowls, wooden percussion instruments, and tuning forks. Experiment with a theremin, an electronic musical instrument that you play without actually touching the instrument.

Activities: Make a Straw Oboe and a Craft Stick Harmonica
Find it: June-July Sierra View Library | August-September Downtown Reno Library | October-November Sparks Library

#6 Mad Mattr®

Mad Mattr® is a super soft modeling compound that can be shaped and molded, that also “flows” when slowly pulled apart. Create, build or simply squeeze some stress away. Fun for ages 3 to 103.

Activities: Make LEGO®-like bricks or use the other molding tools provided to make a castle or whatever your creative mind imagines.
Find it: June-July Spanish Springs Library | August-September North Valleys Library | October-November Northwest Reno Library

#7 Sew & Stitch, Wrap & Weave

Explore textiles by weaving, sewing, and quilting. Use burlap, feathers, yarn, fabric, and your imagination! Make a colorful craft to take home, or experiment with a simple table top loom.

Activities: Weave on burlap with feathers or yarn. Make a mini quilt with fabric squares and backing fabric. Make a coaster on a mini potholder loom. Create a cute owl with burlap and buttons.
Find it: June-July Incline Village Library | August-September South Valleys Library | October-November Sierra View Library

#8 Zip, Zap, Zing

What is a simple circuit? Explore electricity and create LED paper lanterns, circuit bugs and more in this family friendly kit that promises to light up your life!

Activities: Make a simple paper circuit, an LED greeting card, a paper lantern and more.
Find it: June-July Northwest Reno Library | August-September Incline Village Library | October-November South Valleys Library

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