Monthly Archives: December 2016

Wyoming State Library Closed Jan. 2

From The Newcastle News-Leader and Weston County Leader front page, Jan. 5, 1902. Found in Wyoming Newspapers

The Wyoming State Library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2 to celebrate New Year’s Day. We will be open our normal hours again on Jan. 3.

We wish you all a Happy New Year and a fantastic 2017!

January Continuing Education Calendar

The January 2017 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available. Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers. View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at


WebJunction’s Top Ten Articles of 2016

In their latest Crossroads newsletter, WebJunction reported that in 2016 they hosted two dozen new webinars, published more than 125 articles, and offered many courses and resources — all free and all library relevant. Here were the 10 most-read articles of the year:

  1. Library Heroes Make Health Happen
    WebJunction and ZeroDivide debut a poster infographic for free download to help you start conversations about supporting community health.
  2. Growing Library Garden Programs
    An amazing compilation of library garden programs around the U.S. (Including two from Wyoming!)
  3. Racial Equity in the Library, Part One: Where to Start?
    The first in a two-part series focused on the complex and broad issue of racial equity in the library.
  4. Reading Conversations: RA for All Library Staff
    Feature of Whatcom County Library System’s (WA) fun readers’ advisory initiative to boost staff knowledge of books and authors.
  5. Library Kitchens and Cooking Programs
    An extensive collection of library kitchen, cooking and culinary literacy programs and ideas.
  6. Program Idea: Golden Girls Trivia
    Judith R. Wright of Homewood Public Library (AL) shares step-by-step instructions for this fun trivia program.
  7. 15 Libraries Chosen for Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces Project
    Announcement of the 15 libraries selected to participate in WebJunction’s latest grant-funded project.
  8. Updated Course: Dealing with Angry Patrons
    News that WebJunction refreshed the LibraryU course, Dealing with Angry Patrons; a perennial favorite course now in an updated format.
  9. Library Spotlight: Senior Programs at Westerville Public Library
    A look at the great work being done for older adults at Westerville Public Library in Ohio.
  10. How to Create a Robust STEM Library Program
    Write-up of a popular WebJunction webinar on building a robust STEM focus at your library.

WebJunction is a great, free resource for your library — take some time to explore the rest of the site!

Resolution: Learn a New Language

From a Laramie County Library System blog post by Kaci Nicks, Reference Assistant
Adapted and reposted with permission

According to a very unscientific Google search, bilingual people are… “smart, creative, and better lovers,” “brain ‘bodybuilders,'” and simply “smarter” than their monolingual counterparts.

We here in Wyoming’s libraries want to help our patrons become the beautifully brilliant bilinguals they wish to become in 2017.

Here are six resources available through Wyoming libraries to help get you started:

  1. Mango turns language learning into a game. The digital lessons are interactive and build your conversation skills from the ground up. If you get tired of lessons, Mango also has a movie mode similar to Netflix. In this mode you can test your language skills while watching a foreign film. Currently, there are 72 languages available on Mango. This service is free for library patrons and can be accessed via


Color coding to help simplify even the most difficult of languages!

Movie Mode: Features subtitles in both the language you are learning and English. Be prepared, this mode also quizzes you about the film!

  1. Speaking of movies, did you know Wyoming libraries have a diverse selection of foreign films available on DVD? A few of my favorites are Snowpiercer, Spirited Away, and anything starring Gael García Bernal.
  2. Even busy people can squeeze in time to learn a foreign language! Using Books On CD you can turn your morning commute into a classroom on wheels. Our digital audiobook service, OneClickdigital, also has several audiobook courses based on the studies of linguist Dr. Paul Pimsleur.
  3. Learning Spanish? Find Spanish language materials at your library.
  4. Of course, many libraries also have a robust selection of foreign language study books and dictionaries in the nonfiction collection. These items live in the 400s. However, if you want to learn more about the culture and geography behind the language you’re studying, be sure to check out the 800s (literature) and 900s (travel and history) as well!
  5. If you can’t make it into the library then check out the latest addition to our e-book services, TotalBoox. With just a