Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship and the benefits of unrestricted reading. The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the 10 most challenged books each year. (A "challenge" is a request to have a book removed from a library or school.)
In honor of Banned Books Week, Washoe County Library System has been featuring banned and challenged titles in our First Chapter Friday series through the entire month of September. You can see the past episodes here, or view new episodes every Friday on our Facebook page.
This year's Nevada Day Treasure Hunt starts on October 6, and the clues will be released on the Washoe County Library's Facebook page, the Nevada Day Treasure Hunt Facebook page, and in the Nevada Appeal. The treasure this year is a special Nevada Day Treasure Hunt medallion and $1,000.
Days before the clues start coming out and the hunting begins, you can join us for this virtual launch event, and learn about the annual hunt from avid hunters and the hunt organizers.
Have a scary story you want heard? Whether it’s fact or fiction, email us your manuscript by October 15. Approved submissions will be narrated and added to our Halloween broadcast Shivery: Chilling Tales of Horror.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is the perfect time to bring your favorite Latin flavors to your home kitchen. Here is a staff-recommended list of cookbooks representing the amazing diversity of Latin cuisine both traditional and modern.
Did you know you can search TumbleBooks, our collection of animated, talking picture books, ebooks, and read-alongs, for your child’s Accelerated Reader level? To find books at your Accelerated Reader level click on TumbleSearch. Go to Search by Accelerated Reader Level, and click on your level. Great for kids up to about fifth grade.
Sound is a wave of energy. Not only can you hear it, but you can feel those waves vibrate throughout your body. Find out how your ears and brain process sound, then try our fun activity to discover how you can see sound waves, too!
Getting ready to take the written exam for your driving test? Take free practice tests for your Nevada learner's permit and driver license exams. Includes handbooks and practice tests for the standard license, as well as commercial and motorcycle options.
As part of its effort to keep the public and its employees safe and healthy, all returned items will be quarantined for a minimum of seven days.
There may be delays in hold availability for items at the South Valleys Library and the Sparks Library. If you have an item to pick up from one of those branches, pay special attention to the instructions in your hold confirmation email.
This quarantine period will also affect returned items and transit periods. You may see items you've returned still displaying as checked out in your online account. If your held item is moving from one branch to another, please expect a minimum of seven days.
Expanded hold pickup hours are now in effect at most branches. You can see the new schedule here, or visit our reopening page to keep updated on how the library plans to safely return to our pre-pandemic levels of service.
In response to increasing demand for our online offerings, we have created an easy new way for you to access our digital resources.
If you do not have a Washoe County Library account (or if you have misplaced your card), you can now visit our website and quickly acquire a digital library card, which you can use to check out ebooks and audiobooks, take online courses, and much more.