Monthly Archives: February 2017

Apply for Eclipse Glasses and Receive an Eclipse Education Kit

On August 21, 2017, a spectacular total eclipse of the Sun will be visible across the width of the continental U.S. for the first time since 1918.  Every state will have at least 60% of the Sun covered by the Moon, and lucky people on a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will see the stunning beauty of totality. STAR_Net’s NASA @ My Library initiative with support from NASA, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Research Corporation, and Google, is distributing over 2 million solar viewing glasses and an Eclipse Education Kit to public libraries.

Apply for Eclipse Glasses & Education Kit!

The application will ask you to respond to the following:

  • Describe (in a paragraph) what public events your library plans to do in the months and weeks leading up to the eclipse and on eclipse day.
  • Provide a direct web link to your library’s homepage, library’s events calendar, a newspaper article, or other website that demonstrates that your eclipse events are being publicly promoted.
  • Upload publicity materials that STAR_Net may feature on (optional)
  • Support from the Moore Foundation, Research Corporation, and Google allows libraries to choose to receive either 200 or 1,000 pairs of glasses (both will be accompanied by an Eclipse Guide and other education materials). It is our intention to provide glasses on a first come/first accepted basis until our supply runs out. Please specify your preference on the number of glasses. 200 or 1000?
  • Community Type: City, City/Suburb, Suburb, Suburb/Rural, Rural, Other

Free Library Continuing Education Events for March

The March 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

Roadmap to STEM LAMP Grant

The University of Wyoming Science Initiative’s Learning Actively Mentoring Program (LAMP) will fund travel, lodging, and conference fees for 20 K-16 educators to attend the Roadmap to STEM Conference in Gilette Aug. 2-4. Educators will be selected through a competitive process.

Applications are due on April 1. Recipients will be notified by May 1.

Any K-16 Educator in the State of Wyoming who wants to attend the 2017 Roadmap to STEM Conference and return in 2018 to facilitate or co-facilitate a session at the conference is encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to

  1. Educators representing underfunded or disadvantaged school districts.
  2. Educators hoping to implement active and inclusive learning (problem-based and action learning) curriculum.

Apply here. Questions may be  directed to Rachel Watson at

LAMP is a comprehensive, sustained mentoring and professional development program with an emphasis on how to best adopt active learning strategies in large-scale active learning classrooms at UW. Learn more about LAMP on their website.

Library of Congress Requesting Feedback From K-12 Educators

From the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog

If you follow the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog, you’re most likely familiar with the Library’s web site for K-12 educators, (If you don’t  follow it, you might check it out for the great resources.)

The Library is proud of the classroom materials, professional development, and other resources offered on the site. However, they know that there’s always room for improvement and that those improvements start with your input.

As they consider adjusting our site to better support the Library’s K-12 educator audience, they are asking for your help. Visit the blog post, and in the comments, please share any insights based on your experience with using the site.

  • What do you find invaluable about
  • What functionality or content could be added?
  • What could be safely removed?
  • How else could they improve our online teacher resources?

The Library of Congress would love to know what they’re doing right, what they could do more of or do better, and what they could retire.They look forward to the conversation.

UW Libraries’ 2017 Guest Author Timothy Egan to Speak April 18

Writer Timothy Egan is the University of Wyoming Libraries’ 2017 guest author. Egan is an acclaimed writer and veteran chronicler of the West whose interest range wide across the American landscape and American history.

Egan will deliver a free public talk on April 18 at 1:30 PM in the Wyoming Union Ballroom. He will also speak later that evening at an event at the UW Conference Center & Hilton Garden Inn. For more information call 307-766-3279 or visit the website.