New Washoe County Library Space Lends More Than Just Books

Beginning Sunday, Aug. 19 the Washoe County Library System (WCLS) is giving the public access to a whole new set of lending resources. The QUAD Makerspace Grand Opening Reception will see the unveiling of a space dedicated to creative DIY projects, exploration, and discovery for Washoe County residents. The facility and reception will be located on the fourth floor of the Downtown Reno Library.

The QUAD is a makerspace that will let the community gather to share new ideas, practical experience, and developing techniques in DIY engineering. According to the WCLS website, “From Coding Classes to STEAM spaces, all ages can find opportunities to become content creators, not just content consumers.” The QUAD will feature and house a variety of equipment, hardware, and software that will be available to the public for free including soldering stations, a vinyl cutter, and a 3-D printer.

“We are creating a space for patrons to experiment with all kinds of new technologies and tools to create and invent,” according to WCLS Library Director Jeff Scott. “By opening this new makerspace we can also help students acquire the skills needed for the 21st century.” Future plans for The QUAD include how-to classes and drop-in workshops for makers of all ages and skill levels.

The Quad Makerspace Grand Opening reception will kick off at 10:45 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Initial weekly hours of operation will be Thursdays, 3 to 6 p.m. For more information visit www.washoecountylibrary.us/makers.

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