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Just for Makers


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.

The Quad

Join us for the grand opening of the Quad on Sunday, August 19.

Washoe County Library System is launching a Makerspace in Summer 2018. The new makerspace will be located in the Downtown Reno Library. The name of this makerspace, located on the 4th Floor, is “The Quad.”

The Quad will feature a Digital Lab and an Innovation Space. Makers can explore and create using digital resources or 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.

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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Kwame Alexander

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

The Tangled Tree

David Quammen

Feared

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Texas Ranger

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The Washington Decree

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Tailspin

Sandra Brown

Serpentine

Laurell K. Hamilton

The Prisoner in the Castle

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The Money Shot

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The Middleman

Olen Steinhauer

How Schools Work

Arne Duncah

Fly Girls

Keith O'Brien

The Quiet Side of Passion

Andrew McCall-Smith

Paradox

Catherine Coulter

Pale as Death

Heather Graham

A Measure of Darkness

Jonathan Kellerman

You're on an Airplane

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Children of Blood and Bone

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The Other Woman

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A Noise Downstairs

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When We Found Home

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Spinning Silver

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Marry Me By Sundown

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Clock Dance

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Spymaster

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Unbridled

Diana Palmer

Between You and Me

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Before and Again

Barbara Delinsky

All We Ever Wanted

Emily Giffin

The Skaar Invasion

Terry Brooks

The Perfect Couple

Elin Hilderbrand

Bring Me Back

B.A. Paris

The Woman in the Woods

John Connolly

The Pharaoh Key

Douglas Preston

The Moscow Deception

Karen Robards

Island of the Mad

Laurie R. King

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When Life Gives You Lululemons

Lauren Weisberger

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Turbulence

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Dale Brown

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Mercedes Lackey

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Jim Butcher

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Rita Mae Brown

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Clive Cussler

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Ruth Ware

The Testament of Loki

Joanne M. Harris

THe Outsider

Stephen King

How It Happened

Michael Koryta

The Cast

Danielle Steel

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Ted Dekker

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Michael Ondaatje

Our Kind of Cruelty

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Amanda Quick

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King of Ashes

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R.B. Parker's Old Black Magic

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The Perfect Mother

Aimee Molloy

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Rachel Kushner

Love and Ruin

Paula McLain

He

John Connolly

Adjustment Day

Chuck Palahniuk

The 17th Suspect

James Patterson

Twisted Prey

John Sandford

Shattered Mirror

Iris Johansen

Noir

Christopher Moore

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John Scalzi

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Daniel Palmer

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Robyn Carr

THe Fallen

David Baldacci

Bad Men and Wicked Women

Eric Jerome Dickey

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Anne Perry

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J.R. Ward

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Jo Nesbo

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Jeffery Deaver

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Lisa Scottoline

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Frances Mayes

Why Kill the Innocent

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Charles Frazier

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Catherynne Valente

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Kevin Hearne

Queen Anne's Lace

Susan Wittig Albert

Miss Julia Raises the Roof

Ann B. Ross

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Martha Grimes

I've Got My Eyes On You

Mary Higgins Clark

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Meg Wolitzer

Cave of Bones

Anne Hillerman

All the Beautiful Lies

Peter Swanson

The Accidental Guardian

Mary Connealy

Twice Bitten

Lynsay Sands

To Die But Once

Jacqueline Winspear

The Disappeared

C.J. Box

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James Patterson

The Temptation of Forgiveness

Donna Leon

The Punishment She Deserves

Elizabeth George

Every Note Played

Lisa Genova

Duel to the Death

J.A. Jance

Covert Game

Christine Feehan

The Bishop's Pawn

Steve Berry

Alternate Side

Anna Quindlen

Accidental Heroes

Danielle Steel

The Rising Sea

Clive Cussler

THe Merry Spinster

Mallory Ortberg

The Flight Attendant

Christopher A. Bohjalian

A Dangerous Game

Heather Graham

Caribbean Rim

Randy Wayne White

The Third Victim

Philip Margolin

Plum Tea Crazy

Laura Childs

The Last Jedi

Jason Fry

Lake Silence

Anne Bishop

If I Live

Terri Blackstock

The Family Next Door

Sally Hepworth

The Escape Artist

Brad Meltzer

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Susan Wittig Albert

A Call To Vengeance

David Weber

Burn Bright

Patricia Briggs

The Bags of Tricks Affair

Bill Pronzini

As You Wish

Jude Devereaux

Black Mirror

Charlie Brooker

The Death of Truth

Michiko Kakutani

The Poisoned City

Anna Clark

Indianapolis

Lynn Vincent

From the Corner of the Oval

Rebecca Dorey-Stein

Squeezed

Alissa Quart

Aroused

Randi Hunter Epstein

What Truth Sounds Like

Michael Eric Dyson

Those Wild Wyndhams

Claudia Renton

Reporter

Seymour Hersh

First In Line

Kate Andersen Brower

Bruce Lee

Nancy Polly

Ther Are No Grown-ups

Pamela Druckerman

Calypso

David Sedaris

The Restless Wave

John McCain

Robin

Dave Itzkoff

How to Change Your Mind

Michael Pollan

Paul Simon

Robert Hilburn

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Zora Neale Hurston

The Seasons of My Mother

Marcia Gay Harden

Beauty in the Broken Places

Allison Pataki

Magnolia Table

Joanna Gaines

The Feather Thief

Kirk Johnson

The Family Table

Jazz Smollet-Warwell

The Best Cook in the World

Rick Bragg

A Higher Loyalty

James Comey

Natural Causes

Barbara Ehrenreich

Fascism: A Warning

Madeline Albright

At My Table

Nigella Lawson

The Trump White House

Ronald Kessler

True Stories From an Unreliable Witness

Christine Lahti

Rocket Men

Robert Kurson

The Recovering

Leslie Jamison

Look Alive Out There

Sloane Crosley

Lady in Red

Sheila Tate

In Conclusion, Don't Worry About It

Lauren Graham

Hunting El Chapo

Andrew Hogan

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Geraldo Rivera

Eunice

Eileen McNamara

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Debbie Macomber

WHere There's Hope

Elizabeth Smart

To Change the Church

Ross Douthat

Russian Roulette

Michael Iskoff

To the Edges of the Earth

Edward Larson

Soon

Andrew Santella

THe Duchess

Penny Junor

Unmasked

Andrew Lloyd Weber

Survive Like a Spy

Jason Hanson

How Luck Happens

Janice Kaplan

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

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James Dean

Llama Llama Loves to Read

Anna Dewdney

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Katherine Applegate

The Burning Maze

Rick Riordan

Fly Guy and the Alienzz

Ted Arnold

Dude!

Jason Reynolds

Sunny

Jason Reynolds

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Jessica Kensky

I Got It!

David Wiesner

Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs

David Soman

Big Nate Silent But Deadly

Lincoln Peirce

The Wild Robot Escapes

Peter Brown

Time Jumpers

Brandon Mull

Islandborn

Junot Diaz

From Hero to Zero

James Patterson

Unplugged

Steve Antony

The Quest of the Cubs

Kathryn Lasky

Hi Jack

Mac Barnett

Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans

Russell Ginns

I Walk With Vanessa

Kerascoet

Love

Matt de la Pena

Oodles of Kittens

Jane O'Connor

Bad Kitty Camp Daze

Nick Bruel

The Emerald Sea

Richelle Mead

A Reaper at the Gates

Yahir Sabaa

Neverworld Wake

Marisha Pessl

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Stephanie Garber

War Storm

Victoria Aveyard

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Sarah Maas

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Becky Albertalli

The Fates Divide

Veronica Roth

Stormcaster

Cinda Williams Chima

I Have Lost My Way

Gayle Forman

Obsidio

Amie Kaufman

A Girl Like That

Tanaz Bhathena

Tempest and Slaughter

Tamora Pierce

Immortal Reign

Morgan Rhodes

Love, Hate & Other Filters

Samira Ahmed

Everless

Sara Holland

The Cruel Prince

Holly Black