Monthly Archives: July 2016

2016 Teen Read Week Initiative Launched

trw16ningheaderopt1The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has launched its 2016 Teen Read Week (TRW) website,

YALSA encourages libraries to use a multi-lingual “Read for the fun of it theme during Teen Read Week™, October 9 – 15, 2016, and to highlight services and resources for and with the 22% of the nation’s youth who speak a language other than English at home (Kids Count Data Center). This year’s Teen Read Week poster features a “Read for the fun of it” theme in the six most spoken languages in the U.S.: English, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Spanish, Vietnamese and Tagalog.

Library staff, educators and afterschool providers are encouraged to join the free Teen Read Week site for full access to a variety of resources to help them plan their Teen Read Week activities, including:

  • Forums: Discuss and share TRW-related resources and experiences;
  • Grants: Teen Read Week Activity Grant and Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway;
  • Planning and publicity tools;
  • Products: Posters, bookmarks, manuals and more;
  • Themed logo (site members only): Downloadable low-resolution theme logo;
  • Webinars (site members only): Free access to live and archived webinars;
  • and more resources and perks to come;

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacies initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association. It is held annually in October, the same week as Columbus Day. Its purpose is to encourage all teens to be regular readers and library users.  Join the discussion on social media with the hashtag #TRW16. Teen Read Week is supported in part by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Sign up Your Library for Wyoming Snapshot Day

Campbell County Public Library patron on Snapshot Day 2015

Campbell County Public Library patron on Snapshot Day 2015

Join us for this year’s Wyoming Snapshot Day on Oct. 11, 2016, in conjunction with Teen Read Week. Sign up now to let us know your library will participate.

On Snapshot Day, Wyoming libraries collect photos, video and comments that show the value they offer to their communities every single day. Participation is easy: simply take photos and collect comments on Snapshot Day (or on another day that week, if that works better) and submit them to Snapshot Day. More information and instructions are available on the Wyoming Snapshot Day website at

Questions? Want to sign up? Contact Susan  Mark, WSL Publications Specialist at or 307-777-5915.

Sweetwater County Library Steps Back in Time with Medieval Faire

From Lindsey Travis
Rock Springs Library Manager

Medieval Faire 1The Sweetwater County Library’s Medieval Faire was a success. About 500 people attended the event held July 16 on Expedition Island in Green River — and many were dressed in their Medieval best! The faire featured crafts and vendors, along with a storyteller, a king and queen who handed out gifts to their visitors, a caricaturist,face painting, archery (with Nerf equipment), and pool-noodle jousting. Medieval lawn games such as Queek and Skittles were a big hit among those in attendance.

This was the fourth time the library has hosted a Medieval Faire. It is a fun community event that the library staff loves to put together. See more photos below!

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WSL Closes at Noon on Cheyenne Day, July 27

Frontier Days newspaper headline image

The Wyoming State Library will close at noon on Wednesday, July 27 for Cheyenne Day, so that WSL staff may enjoy the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo and festivities. We will be open our normal hours again on Thursday, July 28.

Buffalo Bill’s Horse Bit Patent

In honor of Cheyenne Frontier Days, we thought we’d share this horse-related historical tidbit: Wyoming’s Buffalo Bill held a U.S. patent for a decorative bit modeled after a revolver.

Patent ImagesWilliam F. (Buffalo Bill) Cody received patent number D49,949 on November 28, 1916. This design patent for a bit was discovered while creating the Wyoming Inventors Database. Buffalo Bill Cody was known worldwide for many activities — Army scout, hunter, guide, Wild West showman — but not as an inventor. That changed when patent number D49,949 was discovered by the Wyoming Patent and Trademark Depository Library here at the WSL.

In 1913, after accruing massive debts, Buffalo Bill was forced to sell the Wild West Show at auction in Denver. After fulfilling a two-year travel obligation to the purchaser of the Wild West Show, Buffalo Bill was desperate for money and  searching for a way to restart his own show. Soon after the bit was patented, he assigned the patent to the North & Judd Manufacturing Company. Unfortunately, Buffalo Bill Cody died on January 10, 1917, before he was able to establish a new show. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody owns two examples of this bit.

Find his patent and many more examples of Wyoming innovators in our Wyoming Inventors digital collection.