3D Pen Art
3D Pen Art

Modern three-dimensional printing technology is being used to manufacture useful and custom objects in industry, medicine, and science. However, this technology can also be used to create beautiful works of art. The Douglas County Public Library hosts a free 3D Pen Art program throughout the year for participants to learn how to draw and create with 3D printing pens.

Dates and times vary. Please refer to our Calendar for future sessions.  Registration is not required. Children are allowed to participate if they are accompanied by an adult.

The library will provide 3D pens, plastic filament, tutorials, and templates.
The 3D Pen Art Program is sponsored by The Friends of the Douglas County Public Library.

Adult Crafters' Club
Adult Crafters' Club
The Douglas County Public Library hosts the Adult Crafters’ Club on the third Wednesday of every month. Adults looking for a creative outlet are invited to come to the Minden library where we will have a fun arts and crafts project to try. Arts and crafts isn't just fun, it's also good for you! Artistic creation helps keep your mind sharp, reduces stress and anxiety, and is a fun way to meet new people. The library provides a welcoming environment to encourage adults to relax and explore their creative side with no skill requirements! All supplies are provided.
The program begins at 4:00 p.m. and will end at 6:00 p.m.
No reservations are required. Participants can drop by any time between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Please note this program is intended for adults 18+.
Knit & Crochet Club
Knit and Crochet Club

The Minden Library hosts a Knit & Crochet Club for adults of all skill levels. This includes those who have never tried before! If you're interested in learning, we'd love to have you join us.
Light refreshments and snacks with an assortment of yarn, needles, and a simple pattern will be provided. Feel free to bring your own supplies and projects!  

Please check our Calendar for dates and times!

Second Wednesday Book Group
Second Wednesday Book Group

The Douglas County Public Library hosts a monthly book group for adults on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. The Second Wednesday Book Group meets from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Minden Library Meeting Room. Participants may also join via Zoom. Titles are a mix of non-fiction and fiction, with at least one classic title selected during the course of the year. The Second Wednesday Book Group is sponsored by the Friends of the Douglas County Public Library. 

Writing Group

Writing Group
Calling all writers 18 years and up! The Minden Library welcomes you to join our Writing Group on the second Saturday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

In this writing group, we will explore different styles of writing and develop our own voices through writing exercises, discussions, and workshops. Supplemental reading will be provided but is not required. Potential topics for discussion include, but are not limited to: world-building, plot twists, point of view, character voice, dialogue, suspense, mystery, mood, narrative structure, imagery, metaphor, genre-bending, creativity, writing practices, revision, publishing, literary magazine submissions, the writer’s life, and anything else that may arise. 
The emphasis is on process more than product.
Each meeting will feature approximately 30 minutes of discussion, followed by an optional workshop where you can give and receive feedback on short pieces of writing. If you would rather not share your writing, that’s ok! Join others in free writing, where you can work on your own projects in the company of other authors. 
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Douglas County Public Library.

Resources from our meetings will be updated here after the meetings in case you are not able to attend.

Writing Resources Masterlist


March 9~  Introduction to Fiction Writing
April 13 ~ Character Building & Dialogue
May 11 ~ World Building
June 8 ~ Creative Nonfiction & Memoir Writing
July 13 ~ Outlining & Structure
August 10 ~ Editing
September 14 ~ Genre Focus: Fantasy & Sci-Fi
October 12 ~ Genre Focus: Horror
November 9 ~ Poetry
December 14 ~ Publishing
January 11 ~ Research & Heritage Quest
February 8 ~ Genre Focus: Romance

Seasonal Minden Programs

Programs listed below are seasonal.  Please check our Calendar for current info.
Ghost Scouts
Ghost Scouts

Dates and times will be posted on our calendar when and if this program is occurring in the fall. 

While much of the appeal of paranormal investigations lies in the active investigation itself, a rigorous investigation involves developing research skills, a knowledge of local and state history, an understanding of the science behind investigation equipment, and technical and creative writing skills.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

The Douglas County Public Library in Minden will be participating in NaNoWriMo this November. NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is a worldwide challenge to write 50,000 words in November. Join us at the Library to get your first draft written!

We will have a Kickoff Party & Plotting session on Wednesday, October 25th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Learn more about NaNoWriMo, meet fellow writers, and enjoy light refreshments. Staff will be present to provide assistance registering on the NaNoWriMo website. There will also be simple brainstorming and plotting exercises to help you get ready for the upcoming month of writing.

We will also have Write-Ins at the Library. The dates and times for those are:

Tuesday, November 7th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, November 17th from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 21st from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 25th from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 30th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Participants who attend write-ins can work on their stories in the company of other writers and participate in optional activities to increase their word count. Bring your preferred writing materials, but we will have supplies on hand, as well!

Our Finale Celebration will be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to celebrate our participants’ hard work.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Douglas County Public Library.

Zephyr Cove

Act your Stage

Act Your Stage at the Zephyr Cove Library
Welcome to our first acting club for adults. If you’re interested in acting, come Act Your Stage at the Zephyr Cove Library. Whether you want to practice acting for fun, for friends, or to prep for your audition, this club will help you enhance your craft! The club meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Irene leads Act your Stage, and has worked on film projects as small as short films and as large as studio productions. A Jane of all trades- she has enough knowledge of every department to spark the imagination, creativity, and interest of acting for adults.

Artist’s Way Summer Workshop

Artists Way
The Zephyr Cove Library is excited to announce the first session of the Artist’s Way Workshop beginning Friday, May 10.
Unlock your creativity by joining a creative cluster with other artists, film makers, photographers, writers, musicians, crafters, dancers, curious individuals, and former participants. This free 12-week workshop will work through Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way – A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity and will be moderated by Library Supervisor, Vanna Bells.

Each week will include a creative activity and discussion of the weeks’ reading. Get the support you need from other creatives while you grow. For the best experience, regular attendance and registration is required. This workshop is intended for adults 18+. Sessions will be held weekly on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., May 10 through July 26. Any edition of the book may be used for this workshop. The first ten registrants will receive a free copy, however if you change your mind about committing to the workshop after attending the introductory session, please return the book so others may participate. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions or call 775-588-6411. The Zephyr Cove Library will offer another session in the fall.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Douglas County Public Library.

Award Winners Book Circle
Adult Winners Book Circle

Read an award winner! Join us at the Zephyr Cove Library starting June 12 for a monthly book circle where we read and share a different award winner every meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 5:30. Come share your thoughts on why you loved or hated the book. You’ll also learn about different genres and the people who read them. This is a great way to attack your to-be-read pile or list and discuss books you normally don't get the opportunity with other readers. 
Visit the library or our website for a sample list of award winners. From children's picture books (Newbery Medal) to young adult novels (Printz Award) to adult nonfiction (Carnegie Medal) or even science fiction (Hugo Award) -- all genres and awards are welcome! Remember eBooks and audiobooks count! 
Can't make the meetings at the Lake Branch? Email [email protected] to sign up for Douglas County Public Library's book club e-newsletter. 
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Douglas County Public Library.
Basic Resume and Job Help

Earlier this year, the Zephyr Cove Library received grant funds for a self-service center for printing, scanning, and copying. Funds for this project were provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records.

The self-service center is perfect for remote workers, families who are homeschooling their children, and everyone else who needs to print, scan, or make copies. In addition to the self-service center, the library offers a drop-in session for Basic Resume and Job Help on the third Wednesday of every month from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. through December 20th, 2023. 

Starting in January 2024, this service will be available by appointment during the following times:

Tuesdays: 1:30-4:30
Wednesdays: 12:30-6:30
Thursdays: 1:30-4:30
Fridays: 10:00-12:30

Vanna Bells, Library Supervisor, has ten years’ experience assisting people with resumes, job applications, and teaching basic computer skills. If you have any questions, feel free to call the Zephyr Cove Library at 775-588-6411.

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Book Trailblazers

Book Trailblazers
The Zephyr Cove Library is proud to host Book Trailblazers, an outdoor, adventure, science and nature themed book club meeting the 4th Friday of every month at 2:00 p.m.

EBooks and eAudiobooks also available on Libby, but each month's books will be available at the Zephyr Cove Library.

The group will meet for a community walk at the library at 2:00pm, returning at 2:30pm to discuss the book. You are welcome to join us for just the walk, just the book club or both!  Please come dressed for the outdoor walk and don’t forget your snow shoes if it is snowy!

Knit & Crochet Club at the Zephyr Cove Library
Knit & Crochet Club at the Zephyr Cove Library

On the first Tuesday of every month from 10-11:30am, and the third Thursday of every month from 3-4:30pm, the Zephyr Cove Library hosts a Knit & Crochet Club for adults of all skill levels. Light refreshments and snacks with an assortment of yarn, needles, and a simple pattern will be provided.
Feel free to bring your own supplies and projects!  

Papercrafters Cove
papercrafters cove

Papercrafters, come to the Zephyr Cove Library where the meeting room will be transformed into a cove full of papercrafting supplies! Meet other scrapbookers, cardmakers, paper planners, and other paper enthusiasts for a day of fun. Swap supplies donated by the community or come donate your supplies to our cove! Bring your own snacks and projects, or come and learn something new or share your tips and tricks with our fellow crafters. Children may join as long as supervised by an adult.

Drop in anytime during 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on the following Tuesdays:
July 9, August 13, September 3, October 29, November 12, and December 10.

This advanced schedule allows for you to plan your projects out in advance. Registration is required for crafters who want to spend the whole day. Email [email protected] or call 775-588-6411 to register.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Douglas County Public Library.
Tea Party
Tea Party

The Zephyr Cove Library is happy to announce Tea Party at 2:30pm on the third Tuesday for adults. Light refreshments will be served as we chat, play games, work on puzzles, and more. Feel free to drop in and make new friends at the library!  We recommend interested adults RSVP in advance; please email [email protected] or call 775-588-6411.

Dates and times may vary throughout the year.  Please refer to our Calendar!

VR Lab with Oculus Rift

Starting Friday, December 15, 2023:

VR Lab at the Zephyr Cove Library
Experience Virtual Reality with Oculus Rift Fridays from 2:30 - 4:30 at the Zephyr Cove Library

Reservations required, parental permission forms are available at the library for individuals under 18 years of age.

Seasonal Zephyr Cove Programs

Programs listed below are seasonal.  Please check our Calendar for current info.
National Space Day ~ Friday May 3rd 2024

Join us at the Zephyr Cove Library to celebrate National Space Day Friday, May 3rd from 1:30 – 4:30 pm. Attendees of all ages will learn the basics of robotics using Lego Mindstorm and about some of the problems NASA works to solve when building rovers while watching the ISS orbit Earth. Participants ages 13+ older can try Space VR games first come first serve.

Adult Board Game Night
Adult Board Game Night

Check back later in 2023 for info on future Adult Board Game Nights!

Please give us a call at 775-588-6411 or email us at [email protected] to let us know if you’re interested in future board game nights or afternoons.