Thursday, December 17, 2009


The Manga Club, Anime Freekz 5, hosted a holiday themed party for young adults at the Fernley Branch Library on December 15, 2009.  They had pizza provided by the Friends of the Fernley Branch Library and got to get messy making handmade tree ornaments (in a Manga animation theme) and customizing our bookends for the library.  Check out our photostream for pictures of all the fun we had!

The Anime Freekz 5 meet weekly on Wednesdays at the Fernley Branch Libary from 3-4 p.m. The club is open for all teens who want to join.  Their focus is on Japanese Animation.  For more information drop in to one of their meetings or call the Fernley Branch Library at (775) 575-3366.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Library will be closing early

The Fernley Branch Library will be closing early at 5:00 p.m. today, Tuesday, December 8, 2009, due to extreme weather conditions. We will be open tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Check back here or call (775) 575-3366 for updates about our weather related closings.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

After School Craft Club Next Week!

The Fernley Branch Library ATAB and Friends of the Library will be supporting an After School Craft Club.  Our first session will be on November 30th at 4:00 p.m. in the reading room at the library.  This club is open to people ages 10-16.  Our first craft is "extravagant corpse," which will be led by ATAB member, Melinda C. 

Extravagant corpse is an off chute of Exquisite Corpse, a narrative surrealist art.  For more information check out the wikipedia page.  To see an example visit the Library of Congress Exquisite Corpse page.

Bring a friend and enjoy music, snacks, and crafts!
Contact the Fernley Branch Library for more information:  (775) 575-3366

Friday, November 20, 2009

Want to Know What is NEW at LYF? Check This Out!

We are excited to announce our New Arrivals blog! We usually receive new books and library materials on Thursdays. It will be our goal to provide a comprehensive list of these new titles each week on our blog. The call number for each item will be directly linked to its corresponding record in our online catalog ( Click on the call number and you will learn more about that item such as its availability, its location, or even a short summary or reviews about it!

Let us know what you think of this great new blog!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Library Closed for Thanksgiving

The Fernley Branch Library will be closed on Thursday, November 26 & Friday, November 27, 2009 for Thanksgiving. We will be open again on Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.

We wish you all a very safe and happy holiday!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Library will be closed

The Fernley Branch Library will be closed on Friday, October 30, 2009 in observance of Nevada Day. We will re-open on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.

Don't forget to visit the Fernley Branch on Saturday from 4 - 7 p.m., as the Friends of the Fernley Branch Library will be handing out candy as part of the city of Fernley's Safe and Spootacular Halloween celebration!

Teen Read Week is Over

We had a great time celebrating Teen Read Week (October 18-23, 2009) at the Fernley Branch. Last Friday the Awesome Teen Advisory Board (ATAB) threw a finale party for Teens and Tweens which was supported by the Friends of the Fernley Library.

Participants had a blast entering the ugliest, prettiest, and freakiest cupcake decorating contest; creating their own dust jacket for their favorite books; and building junkyard pumpkins! (The pumpkins were grown by Library Assistant Renee~Thanks for donating them Renee!)

The party was a hit and we can't wait to start planning for Teen Tech Week in the Spring!

Visit our Flickr photostream for more photos of the event.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Fernley Branch Library will be CLOSED

The Fernley Branch Library will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2009 in observance of Labor Day. We will also be closed on Monday, September 14, 2009 for our annual staff training session. For more information please contact the Fernley Branch Library at (775) 575-3366.

September Trivia Question

Friday, May 22, 2009

Be Creative @ Your Library This Summer!

That's right, the 2009 Collaborative Summer Reading Program is upon us! This year's theme is Be Creative @ Your Library, and we intend to be just that....

What is the Summer Reading Program?
The Summer Reading Program is a collaborative effort by numerous public libraries across the country to encourage literacy for all during the summer months. The Fernley Branch Library will be hosting its program for five weeks between June 15 and July 18, 2009.

Why is it called, "Be Creative @ Your Library?"
Each year the program works under a pre-determined theme, this year the theme is creativity and the arts, as such we have designed our program to offer FREE opportunities for our community and readers to engage in creative workshops. Reading often inspires us to be more creative in our lives, and we are hoping that our readers will share with us any creative projects that they are inspired to make based on what they read for the program.

Who can participate in the program?
While the Summer Reading Program is most often a popular event for children and young adults, we encourage all ages to participate! This year we have set a goal for the Fernley Library, we wish to have our community read 5,000 hours during the five week program! This is a tall order and we can only reach it with everyone's help, regardless of age!

What do you have to do to participate in the program?
To participate in the program as a reader all you have to do is come into the Fernley Branch Library (or your local Lyon County branch Library) and fill out a short registration form. You will set a personal reading goal for the five week program. That goal will outline how many hours (total) you would like to read during the program.

As you meet those goals come in to the Library and share with the staff a creative work that you made inspired by what you have read, or tell the staff a little about what you read. They will give you points on your readers log (kept at the library with your registration form), you will then be able to choose a sucker from our sucker tree. If your sucker has a colored start on it you have won a prize--pick any prize you like from the matching prize shelf!

What about those FREE creative workshops you mentioned earlier?
To help us celebrate the program we have designed several special events and workshops to run throughout the program. These events/workshops are FREE. Some allow drop-in attendance such as our Monday afternoon movies and story time, others require registration and may have limited seating such as our braiding, beaded ornament, tye-dye, and pottery workshops. Visit the Fernely Branch Library for a copy of the event calendar or call to reserve your seat (775) 575-3366. Registration opens the week prior to each scheduled event.

Do you have to be a program reader to take part in the workshops?
No. You may participate in the special events and/or workshops without being a program reader.

I participated in the Summer Reading Program in years past at the Fernley Branch Library, how is this year's program different from others?
If you participated in our program in years past you will notice a lot of changes. In an effort to reach out to more people and to be able to expand our own creative horizons, we are not issuing craft packets as we did in previous programs. Instead we are offering a fantastic series of creative workshops in-house at the Fernley Branch Library. All are hosted by local artists or Library staff members.

There will be prizes issued throughout the program as individual goals are met. There will also be weekly self-guided art contests that will allow participants a chance at event more prizes!

You will notice that you can set reasonable goals for yourself or your family readers rather than being committed to reading a specific number of books by the end of the program. This will allow more people to participate even if they are not able to stay in town for the duration of the program.

There will be some familiar elements to our program this year including afternoon movies, free children's books, and the ever-popular event closing ice cream social!

For more information or to register for the program please visit or call the Fernley Branch Library at (775) 575-3366
We are located at: 575 Silver Lace Blvd., Fernley, Nevada 89408

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

El Dia de los Ninos ~ A Smashing Success!

Local Families turned out in fantastic numbers to help us celebrate El Dia de los Ninos at the Fernely Branch Library on Saturday, April 25, 2009. We would like to thank all who attended, as they were an integral part of the success of that event!

Children and adults enjoyed several different types of crafts including (the most popular) Talavera style painted piggy banks, free tamales, a live performance by the Aztec Multi-Cultural Dance Group of Yerington, and a pinata filled with goodies. Kids were invited to dance with the Aztec group after their performance and were given small trinkets for doing so.

We were happy to showcase our new arrivals for our Spanish and bilingual language collection inside the library which included new titles in adult and children's fiction and non-fiction and new additions to the Spanish/bilingual DVD and Audio Book collections! These items are available today at the Fernley Branch Library for check-out.

We can't wait for the Spring 2010 event which will feature more diverse cultural traditions. If you participated in our 2009 event leave us a comment and let us know what you thought of the program, or if you have ideas for upcoming events at your library let us know!

Aztec Multi-Cultural Dance Group of Yerington, performing at the Fernley Branch Library 2009 El Dia de los Ninos celebration

Children receiving goodies for learning to dance in the Aztec tradition

Monday, March 30, 2009

Celebrate Literacy @ Your Library! Bring the Family

The Fernley Branch Library is proud to announce the 2009 El Dia De Los Ninos celebration! This FREE Family Friendly Event will be held at the Fernley Branch Library on Saturday, April 25, 2009 from Noon to 3 p.m. (weather permitting) on our front lawn.

There will be a live dance performance by the Aztec Multi-cultural Dance Group of Yerington at 1:00 p.m., Free food, and craft stations for kids!

This program has been made available to our community thanks to the support of the Friends of the Fernley Library and a grant funded by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Monday, March 23, 2009

Staff Book Review: The Best of Cobbwebs by Ty Cobb

By: Ty Cobb
Edited by: C.J. Hadley
Call Number: NEV 818
Reviewed by Val Brady

Many of us are ‘move-ins’ to Nevada. We’ve come from all over the country attracted by the climate, scenery, economic opportunities, or whatever. We know Northern Nevada as it is now and we wonder what it was like ‘then.’ We envision cowboys, stagecoaches, ranches, mines and miles of sagebrush and tumbleweed. We get a glimpse of old Nevada when we visit Virginia City and can’t help but wonder what it would have been like growing up there.

Ty Cobb did grow up in Virginia City. He was born there in 1915 and attended the Fourth Ward School. As a young man, he graduated from UNR and went to work for the Nevada State Journal as a reporter in 1938. He retired as associate editor in 1975. In 1965, he began a folksy column entitled Cobbwebs. By the time he retired, he had written over 3,000 Cobbweb columns.

The 103 best of these columns have been reprinted in The Best of Cobbwebs, a book housed in the Nevada Collection of the Fernley Branch Library.

Each Cobbweb is a mini slice of Nevada life in decades past. The articles cover a myriad of subjects from amateur boxing to careening down Union Street in an old horse buggy. I learned a lot about growing up in northern Nevada, what youngsters did for fun, what grown-ups did for work, and what families did to brave the depression years. Ty Cobb vividly describes the main street of Virginia City in the 20s and 30s and Reno’s main drags in the 40s, 50s and 60s. Not so long ago, perhaps, but reminiscent of a gentler, happier time.

In his columns I met many characters from Ty Cobb’s past: his dad, Will, who did the stage run, his mom who worked in the bakery, the Virginia City blind phone switchboard operator, Suzie Davis, the mail pilots who flew into the dusty little strips, the boxers of his day, and Professor Silas E. Feemster, the eccentric professor of UNR who gave Cobb a B after his test papers blew out the window.

I learned about the ups and downs of owing a Shetland pony, the tribulations of owning that first car with a cracked block, the dangers of working in the tailing pond of a big mine, and the joys of singing Christmas carols from the top of an old horse drawn hay wagon as it traveled the streets of Virginia City.

Ty Cobb also wrote of famous people who crossed his path. Did you know Frank Sinatra had a blue vocabulary? Mary Pickford’s divorce attorney was Pat McCarran? Bill Harrah had a passion for fast cars? G-Man John McLaughlin was sent to Reno to track down Baby Face Nelson, Jake Lawlor (for whom the UNR Events Center is named) was a basketball coach with a furious temper, or Diamond Lil was the first woman dealer in Nevada?

I think my favorite column is “We hustled to procure a dime for admission,” because it brought back so many memories. Cobb describes a typical Saturday afternoon at the movies. The admission price was ten cents and that provided a whopping four hours of screen entertainment. First the commercials for local businesses, then the news (remember this was way before television), then a series of shorts, usually featuring a comedy, a cartoon and a serial. The serial was usually captioned and always ended with a cliff hanger. The main movie, of course, was a cowboy film, usually staring Tom Mix. The theater Cobb attended was the old Majestic in Reno, but it could have been any movie theater in the country.

So come take a stroll down C Street in Virginia City and stop at the post office as it was in the 20s. Have a beer at the Dog House, Reno’s most-known and patronized honky-tonk in the 30s. Meet the chiropractor who chased his wrestling opponent up to the cheap seats with a bucket of water. Gasp with New Yorker Euphenia Clark as she gets her first glimpse of Nevada…the Humboldt Sink. Learn how teens siphoning gas foiled a Virginia City bank robbery. Go a round with Tony Galento, the almost world heavyweight champion. Glimpse Nevada as it was then: wild and gentle, tamed and raw, humorous and sad, filled with hard-working, fun-loving, good people. Hmmm, perhaps not so much has changed after all.

The best of Cobbwebs by Ty Cobb is found in the Nevada Section (NEV 818) of the Fernley Branch Library. Check it out.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

It's a Boy! Self-Check Arrives at Fernley Branch Library

We are proud to welcome Self-Check to the Fernley Branch Library!

Self-check will help reduce the wait time for our patrons and allow them more privacy in their borrowing habits! Located near the Juvenile collection and the Circulation Desk, patrons are now able to check-out their own library items anytime during their visit to the Fernley Branch Library.

Self-check is extremely user friendly offering touch-screen technology and simple bar-code scanning for quick processing. The Library Staff have been busy the last five months preparing the collection for the arrival of Self-check--a barcode conversion project has been underway to retrofit all library items with barcodes on the outside cover of each item to make the self-check out process quick and easy for our patrons!

You have probably noticed the stacks at the Fernley Branch Library look a little lighter as well; the staff have simultaneously re-barcoded and weeded the collection to make room for new library materials, remove items that were in bad physical condition, and to improve the general appearance of the Library and the safety of the stacks. If you have an opportunity, let the staff know what you think of their hard work!

To use the Self-check you will need to have a library card that is in good standing. If you have lost your library card see the staff for a FREE replacement to use with the Self-check! When you learn to use the self-check you will have your name entered in our weekly drawing for a like-new hardback bestseller. (See staff for more details.)

Drop us a comment and let us know what you think of the arrival of Self-check. How has it improved library services? How does it affect the lives of our patrons?

Friday, March 6, 2009

March Brings The Luck of the Library to the Fernley Community!!

That's right, it is March and that means a little luck of the Irish and the Library will be spreading around our community! All month long stop by the Fernley Branch Library to learn a new trick or two and get your name in a weekly drawing for a chance to win like-new bestselling hardbacks--all part of our Luck of the Library promotion!!

What new tricks will our friendly staff teach you? How about how to manage your library account via the Web!?! You can place special orders for books and other library materials 24-7 from our automated online catalog ("CLAN"). You can also renew books, check to see if that book you ordered has arrived and much more all from the same system! If you ask the staff to show you how to take advantage of this incredibly easy system they will put your name in the hopper for a chance to win a book in the weekly drawing.

Do you already know how to use the online CLAN system? Stop in and tell the staff that you are an established user and they will drop your name in the hopper for a chance at the weekly prize too! If you are an old pro at using CLAN via the Web why not write a blurb on one of our very colorful Shamrocks to tell new users how easy and helpful the system is?!!?

Why not leave us a comment here and let us know what you think of our options for self-service at the Fernley Branch Library!

Thursday, February 26, 2009


The Fernley Branch Library was excited to join in the bicentennial celebration for President Abraham Lincoln's birth during the month of February! Our 16th President would have been 200 years old on February 12, 2009. In his honor we have offered passive programs with a Lincoln theme for children in our community at the Fernley Branch Library.

Kids let their artistic talents fly and drew beautiful happy birthday posters for the Abe themed bulletin board at the Library. The Friends of the the Fernley Library provided really cool scratch sheets for this project.

Also supplied by the Friends of the Fernley Library were sculpting supplies with which children were encouraged to try their hand at sculpting a bust representing Mr. Lincoln. We ended up with several good Presidential busts and even a few freelance sculptures of different themes. The kids really enjoyed getting their hands dirty and letting their creative sides loose @ their Library!

The staff at the Fernley Branch Library would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all of you who participated in our celebration! If you missed these exciting programs keep your eyes peeled we will be hosting many more. If you participated in this or other library programs leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

If you would like more information on the Lincoln bicentennial celebration visit his website:

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Introduction to Computer Use: February Class Announced!!

Friday, February 27, 2009 at 1:00 pm. the Fernley Branch Library will be hosting another session in our Introduction to Computer Use Series. Instructor, Cheryl Cowans, will lead participants in an hour of instruction on using Microsoft Word for creating all kinds of documents such as letter, research papers, resumes, etc. This information session will be followed by an hour of free time for participants to try out their new skills and to ask questions on all aspects of computer use.

A small number of laptops will be made available for participant use throughout the session.

The class is FREE and no registration is necessary.
Class Details:
Date: Friday, February 27, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Fernley Branch Library Reading Room
Fee: None
Materials Needed: (optional) a personal flashdrive to save work to
For more information please contact library staff at 775-575-3366 or via email at

Thursday, February 5, 2009

How Much Money is Your Library Saving You?

A recent addition to our online catalog will help you determine just how much $ $ value $ $ you get out of each visit you pay to your library!

Click on the link above and fill in the fields for each library service you use, it will calculate how much money you would have spent seeking the same services elsewhere!

If you like, drop us a comment here and let us know how valuable your library is to you!!

Monday, February 2, 2009

February, Trivial Topics @ Your Library

Here is February's trivia question, hot off the press....

What popular television series was the inspiration for the book and upcoming motion picture, He's Just Not That Into You, by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo?

Stop by the Fernley Branch Library to submit an answer to the question for your chance to win a $10.00 gift card from Barnes and Noble.

The contest ends on Friday, February 27, 2009. All correct answer submissions will be put in the grand prize drawing, the winner will be randomly drawn the same day!

For more information about this program or other events at the Fernley Branch Library please contact our staff.

January Trivia Contest Winner Announced!

We are excited to announce the name of our first Trivial Topics....Trivia Contest winner! Tina Harris submitted a correct answer to the question and her name was drawn from our Sorting Hat on January 27, 2009. She won a $10.00 gift card good at Barnes and Noble and as an extra surprise she received a box of official Presidential chocolates that came straight from the White House just days after President Obama was sworn in!!

The question was:

In the 2006 book, Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, what TV show did author Barack Obama imagine that guests watch when they stay in the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House?

The correct answer is:

ESPN's, Sports Center.

Congratulations Tina!!! And thank you to all of you who participated in our contest. We are preparing February's question as I write this....Visit the Fernley Branch Library to play.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Free Resume & email Computer Workshop was a Success!!

We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who joined us today for our FREE resume and email workshop at the Fernley Branch Library! Also a big THANK YOU to Cheryl Cowans who generously volunteered her time to lead the workshop for us!

Today's workshop covered mostly introductory steps to writing a personal resume, handouts were provided with examples of resume styles and the types of things you should or should not include when writing your resume. We helped participants get their feet wet with building a resume on the computer using Microsoft Office, Word and touched on some ideas about emailing those documents to potential employers.
The class was such a success we will be working on ways to offer similar workshops on a regular basis at the Fernely Branch Library! Speak with one of our staff or email Jonnica,, for more information to to let us know what type of computer help you would like to see @ your library!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

New Teen Blog ~ Check it out!!

The Fernley Branch Library is happy to announce the arrival of our teen/young adult blog!
Go there and read all about the exciting things happening in the Fernley Branch Library designed just for teens and young adults! Participate in weekly contests; write reviews in exchange for a reduction in overdue fines; see the new arrivals; vote in polls to help make the Fernley Library a better library for teens/young adults. . . . .

Here is an example of the fun things coming to the blog:

~ Weird Titles Wednesday. . . . check out a weekly selection of some of the stupidest titles found on our shelves, write your own synopsis of the story for laughs!

~Ugly covers Monday. . . . start your week of with a glimpse of some ridiculous cover art available in your library, write your own caption and help the staff get over their "case of the Monday's!"

~New arrivals list . . . . been waiting for the next installment of your favorite series? Looking for the next hot read? Check here to see the newest arrivals to our Young Adult stacks.

~Polls, Polls, Polls. . . . Help us make the Fernley Library a place YOU want to be! Vote in our random polls and let us know what you think of your library and how it can be better.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Free Resume & Personal email Workshop

Friday, January 30, 2009 the Fernley Branch Library will be hosting a FREE class to help people learn how to use resume templates on Microsoft Word and to learn how to set up a free personal email account to help in their job searches.

This workshop is FREE and does not require registration. Participants are encouraged to bring a (USB) Flash Drive to save documents.


Workshop Information:

Friday, January 30, 2009

1:00 p.m. ~ 2:00 p.m.

Fernley Branch Library
575 Silver Lace Blvd.
Fernley, Nevada 89408

Contact the Library:
(775) 575-3366


Welcome to the Fernley Branch Library Blog! We will be sharing some of our exciting library programs and events with you here. Keep your eyes out for more fun news!