Monthly Archives: May 2017

Free Library Continuing Education Events for June

The June 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

Tween After-Hours: Book Dominoes

Just for fun at Laramie County Library in Cheyenne. The best part about dominoes is knocking them down! These tweens had a blast creating a chain reaction with book dominoes at a library program in May.

Ideabook Helps Libraries Engage Families in Learning

The Public Library Association (PLA) and Global Family Research Project (GFRP) have released their collaborative publication, Ideabook: Libraries for Families. This publication is intended to inspire libraries to create meaningful family engagement experiences by sharing the many innovative ways that their peers support and guide families in children’s learning and development in such areas as reading, mathematics, language and literacy.

The Ideabook is built upon a research-based framework that was outlined in PLA and GFRP’s 2016 publication, Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement. The Ideabook highlights case studies from more than 50 libraries that are incorporating the five “Rs” of engagement—reach out, raise up, reinforce, relate, and reimagine—to develop meaningful, lasting relationships with families in their communities. It features programs from a wide variety of library types, including those that are well-resourced or lacking funds, and those that serve urban, suburban, and rural communities.

Ideabook: Libraries for Families and related resources are funded by a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. For more information on PLA’s Family Engagement Initiatives, visit or contact Scott Allen at

Brochures to Help School Librarians Advocate

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has an advocacy tool to help school librarians generate and guide discussion with stakeholders about quality school library programs. School Library Programs Improve Student Learning is a series of advocacy brochures each designed to speak to a specific stakeholder audience within the school library community, including administrators, policymakers, parents, and teachers. Each brochure outlines goals and key questions specific and important to that audience helping school librarians lead unique conversations, set goals and expectations for the program and the stakeholder, and maximize the potential of the school library program.

The brochures are available for download or ordering from AASL.

Developed and distributed through a grant from the Bound to Stay Bound Books Foundation, this publication complements the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. (Empowering Learners is available in the Wyoming State Library collection.) 

Archived Webinar: GoWYLD Resources for Summer Reading

Join Chris Van Burgh, WSL Database Instruction Librarian in this webinar for Resources for Summer Reading 2017 . Also check out the great Summer Reading 2017 LibGuide, with resources to help you plan great programs.

The 2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program theme is “Building a better world.” In this session, Chris explores resources available to you in GoWYLD using the theme, but translating it in different ways such as architecture, community, leadership, and culture.

Find more archived database training in our webinars index and see upcoming events on our training calendar.


Wyoming State Library Closed Memorial Day

From the May 29, 1922, Casper Daily Tribune, via Wyoming Newspapers.

The Wyoming State Library will be closed on Monday, May 29, for the observance of Memorial Day. We will be open our normal hours again on Tuesday.

On Memorial Day, we remember those who have died serving our country. You can read more about the history of Memorial Day from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

New Library Science Books at WSL

Three new cataloging books were added to the Wyoming State Library professional library science collection recently. Stop by our offices or request these by interlibrary loan if you would like to borrow them. Our professional collection has everything from children’s programs to library management — search titles in WYLDCAT or browse the latest additions on our Pinterest board. Questions, comments, or suggestions for purchases may be directed to Library Development Manager Brian Greene at or (307) 777-6339.