On behalf of myself and all of us at Washoe County Library System, Happy New Year!
At the beginning of 2020, none of us knew how difficult this year would be for everyone. In March, our staff pivoted to enhancing virtual services to support the community need for early literacy activities, educational enrichment, and recreational reading. In June, we were able to again offer physical library services, with the introduction of grab-and-go and drive-up hold pickup at most locations.
As fall turned to winter and COVID-19 numbers rose again in our community, we recognized the importance of supporting efforts to limit community spread in our region. With hold pickup service temporarily suspended, many Washoe County Library staff are assisting the school district with contact tracing, while maintaining virtual services and working to prepare our libraries for a safe reopening.
I am proud of how Washoe County Library staff have responded and persevered despite the challenges of 2020. Throughout the crisis, they have demonstrated creativity and dedication to the community by delivering library services, providing PPE during the early months of COVID-19, and assisting with contact tracing. This dedication to service led to our nomination by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto for a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
As we near the end of this crisis, I am hopeful for the upcoming new year. We look forward to once again expanding our physical services on January 19, and we are excited to welcome you back into our libraries again soon.
Kick off the New Year by setting a goal to read 100 books before you graduate! Using the Beanstack app, keep yourself motivated to read with this teen reading challenge. Read whatever books you want, and earn digital badges along the way. Not sure what to read? For some ideas, visit our Teen page, or check out our reading lists, including Fifty Books to Read Before Graduation.
Join us every day at 11 am for a Virtual Story Time featuring one of Washoe County Library System's own Story Time stars. Videos will remain available during our closure. For more days and times search our Online Calendar of Events. To participate, just join the Washoe County Library Virtual Story Time group on Facebook. We can't wait to see you at Story Time!
Do you have a favorite vegetable? Have you ever tried to grow a vegetable plant of your very own? Winter is a great time of year to make garden plans to do just that! We’re starting a new STEAM project to track the life of a pumpkin through the coming growing season. Look for updates in the days ahead as we show you how to do it!
The Friends of Washoe County Library is a member-supported 501(c)(3) Nevada non-profit organization dedicated to advocating, fundraising, and providing support for the Washoe County Library System.
You can support Friends of Washoe County Library through Amazon Smile. Visit Amazon Smile and select Friends of Washoe County Library. It works just like the regular Amazon website, except a portion of your purchase price will be donated to FWCL.
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.