Library Crate Subscription Service

Library Crate for Teens & Tweens at the Library

The Douglas County Public Library is happy to announce a new free quarterly subscription service for teens and tweens. The Library Crate will help broaden their horizons through a staff-chosen selection of books catered towards their specific interests as well as some other goodies. Participants will sign up through a Google form, answering a variety of optional questions including favorite genre, genre tropes, favorite characters, food allergies, etc. Boxes will be prepared by staff and made available for pickup at the Minden Library, Zephyr Cove Branch, and the Bookmobile. Complete details can be found on the Google Form here: https://forms.gle/CJB1vHquwAT6sPPL8

Boxes are slated for March 1st, June 1st, September 1st, and December 1st. Sign up today!

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


Japanese Club
Japanese Club

Come to the Minden Library to learn the language of Japan from a member of staff who lived and taught in Japan for nine years. At each session, we learn about Japanese culture and practice conversational and writing skills at the beginner level. Previous knowledge of the language is not necessary to participate and all ages are welcome!

The Japanese Club meets on the second Thursday of every month from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 
Check out a quick video about Japanese Club on our TikTok page here

The Mythos Society (formerly Weekend Warriors)
The Mythos Society
The Douglas County Public Library is hosting a hybrid tabletop RPG campaign from 2:00 pm - 4:30 p.m. Players can either attend in person at the library or join in via the library Discord group. 

Our campaign is in full swing as we take on the lengthy Call of Cthulhu campaign, Horror on the Orient Express every Saturday.  *Seats are currently full, but spectator seats are always available! If you're interested in joining the campaign, or starting a new one, please contact the library. 

Email the library at [email protected] to receive an invitation to our Discord server if you’d prefer to join digitally or to receive information about the current campaign. For an invite to the server please provide your name, age, and library card number. The current campaign is recommended for ages 13+.

Prior knowledge of the current system is not needed to play and we’re always happy to help new players along the way. If you would just like to attend to see how the game works and to gauge your own interest, spectator spots are always available.

Please note this is for ages 13+; the rules are the same as any program, and no foul or sexually explicit language will be tolerated.

Tween Art
Tween Art Club
The Minden Library hosts a Tween Art Club on the second Thursday of every month from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 
Tweens age 8-13 can come make artistic creations around each month’s theme.  All supplies needed to create works of art are provided. Mediums and techniques may include: acrylic paint, acrylic paint pens, paint pouring, traditional sketching, watercolor, rock painting, mask making, and more!

*Beginning in January 2023, Tween Art Club will require registration to ensure ample supplies are available for attendants.*
Register Here!

VR Lab
VR Lab
Join us to try some Virtual Reality at the Minden Library on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month from 2-4pm! 
Ages 13 and up.  Reservations are required so please call or reserve in person ahead of time. 

Seasonal Minden Programs

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

The Minden Library has introduced this new club that takes place in the Fall for teens and adults interested in paranormal investigations: Ghost Scouts!

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.

The Irregulars
The Irregulars
The Irregulars is a seasonal mystery club for teens ages 13-18. For current dates and times, please check the Calendar

Zephyr Cove

Basic Resume and Job Help

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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Virtual DnD
The Zephyr Cove library invites adults and teens to join us virtually for monthly DnD oneshots! Tahoe DnD will run on the first Wednesday of every month from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Character creation and basic rule explanation will occur during the first half hour with the game session to immediately follow.
Learn the basics of DnD and play a session without the commitment of a full campaign. Spots are limited each week and are first come, first serve, so registration is required. A Discord account is also required to join.
To sign up and get access to our Discord server, please email: [email protected]
Tahoe Film Club
Tahoe Film Club

Tahoe Film Club meets at the Zephyr Cove Library on the second Wednesday of every month from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Tahoe Film Club is for high school students interested in the film industry. Projects will include screenwriting, storyboarding, acting, cinematography, and more! This club will include other roles in the film industry such as costume design, lighting, editing, and more if there’s interest.

Irene 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 filmmaking in young minds.

Tahoe Film Club is sponsored by the Friends of the Douglas County Public Library.

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.
Keep the Forest Neat for a Treat!
Neat  for a treat 2024

Keep the Forest Neat for a Treat at the Zephyr Cove Library

Let's keep the forest neat for a treat again this summer! 
Located in Zephyr Cove Park, the Zephyr Cove Library is surrounded by hiking trails, a playground, a disc golf course, a softball field, and tennis courts. Explore the beautiful landscape with the family and keep an eye out for any trash you may find. Kids and teens 17 and under will get a sweet treat when they pick up trash in the Zephyr Cove Park. Come get a bag at the library and bring in the trash from the trails, the playground, and the field to collect your reward. 
Our Trash-for-Treats activity will run May 1 through August 30 and is sponsored by the Friends of the Douglas County Public Library. Our Library hours are Tuesday: 9am-5pm, Wednesday: 10am-7pm, Thursday & Friday: 9am-5pm.

Free Music with Freegal

Freegal music

With a library card and library account password/PIN, teens have access to free music through the library's Freegal Music service:

  • Download and stream music
  • Keep the songs you download
  • Choose from over 8 million songs including today's top hits
  • Thousands of popular artists
  • Free apps are available for Apple and Android devices

Get started with Freegal today!
Freegal music

Homework Tools for Students

We purchase many high-quality resources to help you with online research. They are part of our Digital Branch, available from your home 24/7. To use these resources from outside the library, you will be prompted to enter the number on the back of your library card along with your account password. If you need help using these resources, please contact the library when we are open at 775-782-9841.